Pendennis to work on "world's largest cruising catamaran"
The 44m (144ft) Hemisphere, described as the world's largest cruising catamaran, has arrived in Falmouth, UK, to have its final fit-out undertaken by Pendennis Shipyard. The transport of the yacht on a container ship from the US was overseen by Peters & May. The yacht was offloaded at Port Pendennis Marina prior to her moving to the shipyard's covered dry dock.
Hemisphere will be the first craft to use the newly extended cover over the whole of the 150m (492ft) length of the dock compared with 75m (246ft) previously. This extension is part of an expansion project that also includes a new shed, boosting capacity for refit work in the yard. It is not known how long work on Hemisphere will take.
Among the reasons the final fit-out is being handled by Pendennis is the strong impression of quality for such work gained by the owner and captain of the yacht. To maintain this, Pendennis has recently taken on 22 new apprentices so that it now has some 50 in the yard out of a total workforce of 300. These include 12 general apprentices and 10 surface finishers.
Pendennis has been working with apprentices for 10 years and is currently being featured in a UK national radio and press advertising campaign for the National Apprenticeship Service.
Superyacht Business / David Robinson, 28 October 2009
CHARTER HEMISPHERE WITH WINDWARD ISLANDS