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Completion of M5 refit waits for lockdown travel ban to lift

The famous sailing yacht M5 (formerly Mirabella V) is coming to the end of a major refit, which included another largescale rig overhaul by Marine Results.  Launched in 2004 as the largest sloop-rigged sailing yacht in the world at 75 metres long, M5 has had her giant 89 metre rig looked after by Marine Results since the very beginning of her life.

The current refit has been taking place in conjunction with M5’s five-year Lloyds survey, and has also included an eye-catching new colour scheme for the yacht.  The work is being carried out at NCA shipyard in Italy, which is one of very few refit yards with the capacity and hard standing space to work on such a massive rig,  Here the team were able to lift the mast out for inspection, and eventually re-step it.  “We have 16 years of history with the magnificent M5,” comments Jon Morris of Marine Results.  “We are additionally pleased to have played a significant part in this latest refit project especially as it resulted in M5 being shortlisted for Refit of the Year at the 2020 Boat International World Superyacht Awards.

We partnered with Carbo-Link for the rigging service and Bamar for the furlers.

While work has been slowed down through the spring of 2020 with Covid-19 restrictions still in place, the Marine Results Team are preparing to return to the yacht for final inspections and sailing testing before M5 can finally resume her sailing programme once international restrictions have been lifted.  Read more about M5’s refit project.