Although shored up in historic Falmouth Docks in Cornwall, Pendennis Shipyard is anything but an old-fashioned yacht company.
Its specialism is the superyacht – we’re talking unique motor and sailing vessels from 24 to 100 metres long – and the projects it undertakes are of endless variety. At one end of the scale, there’s routine engine room servicing to be carried out; at the other, a shiny, individually commissioned new-build. In between, there may be a requirement for a vessel to be rebuilt, or perhaps a historical restoration. No project is the same, and there is no such thing as a ‘production vessel’ – which makes Pendennis exceptional among its global competitors.
The directors of this dynamic shipyard, founded 30 years ago, have built its success on thinking and planning ahead, constantly evaluating how the industry is developing, assessing trends and then adapting the facilities and the workforce training in order to be ready for when those changes occur.
Pendennis has continually invested in its bespoke superyacht facilities to cater to the very particular needs of the industry. Immense 90m construction halls with cleverly integrated offices and workshops provide teams with instant access to their respective yachts. An 80m mast hall accommodates some of the world’s most impressive sailing yacht rigs, for when they need to be stored or painted; and a 7,564sq/m wet basin provides a safe haven for yachts when they arrive, as well as a base during their recommissioning period, following a refit.
Then, of course, there’s the specialist craftsmanship that goes into every aspect of these impressive boats. Even the things you can’t see, vital systems, are meticulously installed and mapped, to ensure they can be easily maintained while a yacht is at sea. Similarly, the way in which specialist paint teams lay gloss on the hull of an 80m motor yacht will create a seamless reflection down its side, as it manoeuvres into Monaco’s Port Hercules. Joiners use traditional techniques, hand-finishing cabinets with dove-tail joints and working alongside technicians to make sure fittings are millimetre accurate. Engineers are well-versed in the latest technology, enabling them to optimise a yacht’s power and efficiency when required.
Accolades have recently been received and awards won for the 44m Hemisphere, the world’s largest privately owned sailing catamaran, custom-built by the Pendennis craftsmen with interiors by Michael Leach Design.
Every level of every project is a matter of personal pride for each member of the workforce – garnering it a well-deserved clutch of ‘Best in the World’ awards. Hand-in-hand with this goes the company’s approach to people, from new apprentices right through to owners and crew. Pendennis’s award-winning apprenticeship scheme has trained over 200 young people, some of whom have progressed into senior management and are now training the next generation. Everyone who spends time at the shipyard in Falmouth is treated with respectful friendship. And the owners and their crews – accustomed to the very best quality and service in their day-to-day lives – are referred to affectionately as the ‘Pendennis family’.
PENDENNIS SHIPYARD THE DOCKS, FAMOUTH, CORNWALL, TR11 4NR +44 (0)1326 211344