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A Sneak Preview Of Charter Yacht AQUILA’s Pendennis Refit

By Oliver Pearson   10 August 2016

Ending months of speculation, the 86m/281ft motor yacht AQUILA revealed the details of her extensive refit after recently leaving the Pendennis shipyard in England for the more appropriate waters of the Mediterranean.

Believed to be the largest superyacht ever refitted in England, AQUILA has unsurprisingly generated quite the excitement during her year in the shipyard.

Indeed, as we reported in an earlier article, the interior nature of her refit meant that, until recently, it was all but impossible to guess at the changes being carried out.

Bringing the mystery to an end this week, Pendennis released a series of images and notes to explain the various enhancements to be found throughout the motor yacht.

No stranger to such ambitious refits, the team at the shipyard have previously carried out similar projects on the 50m/164ft motor yacht MALAHNE, the 48m/159ft motor yacht AUDACIA, and, more recently, the 46m/152ft motor yacht CONSTANCE.

Whilst such a remarkable portfolio sets up some seriously high expectations, the images below would suggest that Pendennis have once again set a new gold standard for themselves.

The refit main salon of luxury yacht AQUILA
The newly installed home cinema on board superyacht AQUILA
A detail shot of the refit interiors of motor yacht AQULA
The newly refitted owner's corridor on board luxury yacht AQUILA

Refit to the exacting standards of the Pendennis shipyard, charter yacht AQUILA has clearly grown in stature

After stripping all of the communal, private, and technical spaces on board luxury yacht AQUILA, the team behind the refit effectively built the interior from the ground up once again.

Enlisting the expertise of Redman Whiteley Dixon and Susan Young Interiors, the refreshed indoor spaces combine an array of dark woods with pale leather paneling to form an aesthetic which is both effortlessly cool and warmly inviting.

As well as installing a generously proportioned home cinema on the main deck, the owner’s area was reconfigured to include an impressive marble corridor. From here, guests using this suite have access to the brand new massage salon and office space.

The crowning achievement of the refit, however, is the bespoke chandelier which cascades down each of the four decks. At over 11m high, and comprised of 850 glass pieces, the unique fixture is sure to arrest the attention of all who step on board.

The refit of the sundeck belonging to luxury yacht AQUILA
Superyacht AQUILA in the shed at the Pendennis shipyard in Falmouth, England
A detail shot of the teak decking on superyacht AQUILA

Moving to the exterior, it’s clear that an equal amount of attention has been paid to the layout and features of the sundeck.

Her Jacuzzi, for example, has been repositioned from the aft deck to the foredeck to create room for a private terrace attached to the master cabin.

What’s more, her superstructure has been completely repainted to ensure that she cuts a distinctive profile in the water.

With all of these changes in mind, there’s sure to be more than a few discerning individuals eyeing up AQUILA for a private yacht charter.

In order to find out more regarding M/Y AQUILA, please get in touch with your preferred charter broker.

Alternatively, take a look at all luxury yachts available for charter in the Mediterranean.


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