UK: Experts Remove World’s Largest Mast from Sailing Yacht m5

In the early hours of Friday morning a team of 40 experts used four cranes to de-step the world’s largest mast from m5 (ex. Mirabella 5). The massive mast, weighing over 45 tonnes and with a length of 89m, took over 8 hours to detach and place on the hard at A&P Falmouth’s Queen’s wharf in Falmouth.

The complex operation was coordinated by Marine Results, who installed the mast when the yacht was originally built in 2004.

The world’s largest sloop-rigged sailing yacht, m5 arrived at Pendennis in late March ahead of her substantial one year refit by Pendennis Plus in Falmouth. Works will include a major technical and engineering overhaul and full interior redesign by Redman Whiteley Dixon. A 3m stern extension will be managed by Naval Architects Ron Holland Design, who were the original designers when the vessel was built in the UK in 2004.


Mirabella V was built as part of a fleet of super-yachts initially owned by former Chairman and CEO of the Avis car rental company, Joseph Vittoria, and used for luxury private charters. All the Mirabellas, including Mirabella V, were subsequently sold and are now owned and operated by others, the Vittoria family has no connection with them any longer. Mirabella V is no longer available for charter under her new ownership.

Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, April 30, 2012;