But the reputable shipyard also launched around 30 luxury yachts built from scratch, all of which were custom-made projects. Some of the most famous ones are the 45-meter (147 feet) Ilona (currently known as Moatize), delivered in 1999, and the 44-meter (145 feet) sailing catamaran Hemisphere. Steel, the 55-meter (180-foot) ice-class expedition vessel, would become the Pendennis flagship in 2009 when it made its glorious debut. Today, Steel is still the largest-volume vessel built at the British yard.
Steel's original owner is still mysterious, but according to the shipyard, he played an active role in the design and styling of the bespoke superyacht. Burness Corlett & Partners, based in Southampton, were responsible for the impressive naval architecture, while Liebowitz & Pritchard created the yacht's exquisite interior style with a nostalgic retro vibe.
Following a minor refit at its original shipyard in 2016, Steel went from dark green to dark navy. The color may have changed, but Steel continues to flaunt a high prow, a hydraulic elevating crow's nest, a rounded stern that gives it a majestic, sculptural look, and a forward work deck that isn't disguised in any way.
Steel is, above all else, a rugged expedition yacht born for world exploration. Its awe-inspiring silhouette is primarily oriented toward performance and resilience. As its name suggests, it was built mainly in steel, with the deckhouse and upperworks made of aluminum. The rounded stern underbody is specifically designed to enhance stability. Four Quantum zero-speed stabilizers were also added to eliminate the pesky rolling motion at anchor.
What this means is that Steel is a seaworthy long-range expedition vessel that can make its way through ice that is up to one meter thick. It also holds the fuel capacity, extensive storage, and power to travel as far as 5,000 nautical miles (9,260 km) at 12 knots (22 kph). At an economical speed, it promises an impressive range of 7,000 nautical miles (13,000 km).
What makes this British beast iconic is that it doesn't stop at top-notch performance but couples it with the sumptuous, luxurious interiors of a superyacht. For that reason, Steel was called "a beautiful contradiction." While its exterior is unapologetically rough and rugged, its interiors take you back in time to the golden era of luxury cruising, the 1920s. On board this spacious vessel (769 GT volume), you'll discover the timeless elegance and exquisite comfort of a classic cruiser.
The lavish accommodation includes a master suite with a huge en-suite bathroom that boasts a retro-style free-standing bathtub, a spacious double cabin, and four twin cabins. Additional Pullman berths add flexibility to this generous configuration, which makes Steel particularly suitable for large families or groups of friends. Just like luxury cruise ships from the golden age, Steel boasts a nearly one-to-one guest-crew ratio, with accommodation for 12 guests and 11 crew members.
Designed for challenging expeditions, this powerful yacht is equally about onboard luxury. Its ingenious layout includes a wide variety of dining options, including the grand room with a 12-seat dining setup perfect for elegant parties and several al-fresco options. The modern amenities include a large, active-current swimming pool that's great for both relaxation and working out and a separate, well-equipped gym.
Luckily, this world-cruising masterpiece valued at somewhere around $29 million is available for charter customers. Those who can afford to spend more than $250,000 for one week onboard will be fully immersed in this iconic yacht's classic ambiance without sacrificing any of today's typical superyacht pampering options.