In the outer dock before her stern modifications
Work begins on removing Illusion's stern
The remodelled stern with 5m extension
The tender/watersports garage
The aft swim platform
The crew areas were upgraded
The crew areas were upgraded
Bannenberg and Rowell transformed the social spaces
Bannenberg and Rowell transformed the social spaces
Pendennis installed a jacuzzi
The extension increased the alfresco areas on all levels

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September 2009 was Illusion’s second visit to Pendennis after her previous refit in 2005. This second refit was more extensive during which De Voogt Naval Architects designed the re-styling of all three aft decks, resulting in a three-level 5m extension. Additionally she was fully repainted and around 40% of her existing teak was removed. The new deck extensions were manufactured in Holland.

The Owner’s study, bridge and crew accommodation were redesigned, which involved removing all existing joinery, lighting and AV systems. Bannenberg and Rowell transformed the social spaces with a light art-deco influenced contemporary style, optimized for the Owner’s work and relation. Other major items on the work list included the installation of a new hydraulic passerelle and deck equipment, full engine room service and general upgrades of electronic and AV equipment. Pendennis were also tasked with installing a Jacuzzi on the sundeck.

Through careful assessment and pre-planning of these extensive works, the work on Illusion was completed in just 8 months.

  • Awards:
  • Finalist: Best Refitted Yacht International Superyacht Society Design Awards, 2011
  • Finalist: Best Refitted Yacht Boat International World Superyacht Awards, 2011




Year of Build


Former Name

Le Pharaon, Pilar


Motor Yacht

Naval Architect

De Voogt Naval Architects (Remodel)

Interior Design

Bannenberg and Rowell (Remodel)


Steel hull, aluminium superstructure


50.75m (166.6ft) pre-remodel / 55.75m (182.91ft) post-remodel


9.15m (30.01ft)


2.89m (9.48ft)

Pendennis Refit Year


Pendennis Refit Location

Pendennis Falmouth

Pendennis Remodel Year


Pendennis Remodel Location

Pendennis Falmouth

Illusion existing v new profile

I was delighted that Pendennis delivered on all of my requirements, and continually exceeded my expectations in terms of their high level of customer service, attention to detail and quality of finish, and final performance of the vessel. The list of improvements alongside the more traditional engineering and vessel maintenance tasks provided a considerable amount of work to be completed within one season
Owner - Illusion