On Sea Trials in Falmouth following 24-month refit & remodelling project
Arrival in Falmouth with original stern design
The yacht before her stern modification
It took a day and three cranes to de-mast Mirabella V
It took five cranes to remove her forestays
Extensive engineering upgrade & 10-year DNV survey.
September 2013
Falmouth, January 2014
Falmouth, January 2014

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Pendennis Plus, the division of the company which specialises in 60m+ refits and new builds, completed a substantial refit of the world’s largest sailing sloop, Mirabella V, in 2014. Redman Whiteley Dixon (RWD) were commissioned as the interior design team, fresh from the completion of the much talked about VAVA II (Devonport Yachts).

Naval Architect Ron Holland, Mirabella V’s original designer, who worked with Pendennis on the sailing yacht Christopher launched in 2011, steered structural improvements, including a 2.4m stern extension. The new Owner has renamed the yacht M5.

Relaunched as M5 the yacht’s 24month visit to Pendennis saw exterior restyling work including the installation of a side boarding platform. Structural fabrication of the composite stern was undertaken by Green Marine, with support from structural engineers High Modulus Europe Ltd. The full extent of the engineering commission involved replacing the main engines, generators, switchboards and sewage treatment plant along with an upgrade of the air conditioning system, electrics and entertainment system, and a 10 year DNV survey.

The interior aspects of the refit saw the main and lower decks undergo a complete restyle, with an elegant art deco inspired interior created by the team at Redman Whiteley Dixon. M5’s main deck was completely transformed with all joinery replaced to complement RWD’s new design.



VT Shipbuilding

Year of Build


Former Name

Mirabella V


Sailing Yacht: Sloop

Naval Architect

Ron Holland (Remodel)

Exterior Styling

Ron Holland (Remodel)

Interior Design

Redman Whiteley Dixon (Remodel)


Composite - Eglass


75.2m (247ft) / 77.6m (254.7ft) (post-remodel)


14.82m (48.6ft)


10.2m (33ft) post-remodel

Max Speed

16.3 knots max power / 20+knots sail

Gross Tonnage

1017 tons

Pendennis Remodel Year


Pendennis Remodel Location

Pendennis Plus (Falmouth)


We are all incredibly proud of our involvement in and management of the extensive refit on M5. Working together with all of our key project partners, we have given M5 a new lease of life and prepared her for her next adventure
Rocka Romcke - Captain of M5