Pearl Yachts Pearl 80

Bri­ti­sh yard Pearl Yachts has re­cen­tly pre­sen­ted the new 80’ de­si­gned by Bill Di­xon Ya­cht De­si­gn Stu­dio wi­th in­te­riors by de­si­gner Kel­ly Hop­pen.

Superyacht - - Pearl Yachts - Text by Dan­ny Lo – Pho­tos by Mar­tin Brent Pho­to­gra­phy

Pearl Yachts is cur­ren­tly con­so­li­da­ting its hi­gh ran­king po­si­tion in Great Bri­tain and abroad from Eu­ro­pe to the Uni­ted Sta­tes of Ame­ri­ca. Af­ter ha­ving ex­hi­bi­ted the 65’ at the Can­nes Ya­ch­ting Fe­sti­val held De­cem­ber la­st. In Ja­nua­ry ju­st a mon­th la­ter it un­vei­led and show ca­sed the la­te­st en­try in the fleet: the 80’ at the Fort Lau­der­da­le Boat Show - the lar­ge­st and mo­st im­por­tant nau­ti­cal ve­nue. Mea­n­whi­le the com­pa­ny’s 95’ is sche­du­led to hit the wa­ter in Spring and will be pre­sen­ted in Lon­don and at the boot Düs­sel­dorf. Wi­th 27 years of ex­pe­rien­ce in sai­ling and mo­to­rya­cht de­si­gns na­val ar­chi­tect Bill Di­xon de­li­ve­red the pro­ject de­si­gn work for the Pearl 80’s hull and su­per­struc­tu­re whi­le main­tai­ning di­stin­gui­shing sty­ling de­tails ty­pi­cal of the yard’s smal­ler 65’. The su­per­struc­tu­re boasts

a spor­ty wind pier­cing look wi­th loads of glass pa­nels from the wind/spray screen to lar­ge win­dow li­ke ports whi­ch ex­tend to the th­ree decks up to the li­ne of win­dow li­ke ports in­stal­led near the wa­ter­li­ne whi­ch form a dart sha­ped ef­fect. Bill Di­xon says: “Apart from the ob­vious at­tri­bu­te of sty­le and per­for­man­ce, the pearl 80 wins by being ad­ven­tu­rous in de­si­gn. Of­fe­ring clien­ts uni­que and in­te­re­sting de­si­gn so­lu­tions to en­han­ce to­mor­ro­ws ya­ch­ting li­fe­sty­le”. As for the sty­ling of the in­te­riors, Kel­ly Hop­pen has co­me up wi­th th­ree di­ver­se so­lu­tions: Tau­pe, Stu­dio and Lu­xu­ry. The fir­st one pri­vi­le­ges pa­le joi­ne­ry con­tra­sted by cal­ming ear­thy to­nes as fa­wns, ivo­ries and war­mer grey hues. The se­cond: Stu­dio is bright and fre­sh, cha­rac­te­ri­sed wi­th stri­ped pat­terns and ri­ch bro­wns, whi­le Lu­xu­ry the third the­me has the feel of a chic mo­dern apart­ment wi­th po­li­shed sur­fa­ces, nic­kel and ac­cen­ts of black. In all of the th­ree sty­les we can find Hop­pen’s re­no­w­ned pre­fe­ren­ce for grey and neu­tral hues. In any ca­se clien­ts will ha­ve plen­ty of va­rie­ty in fa­brics and tex­tu­res to choo­se from to per­so­na­li­se their ya­cht. “The de­si­gn is tra­di­tio­nal yet con­tem­po­ra­ry; clean li­nes and neu­tral to­na­li­ties en­han­ce the ove­rall spa­ce crea­ting a sense of ef­for­tless sty­le. We’ve in­cor­po­ra­ted tou­ches of cool grey in­to my si­gna­tu­re palette of tau­pe’s and bei­ges to crea­te a stun­ning, yet calm in­te­rior”, com­men­ted Kel­ly Hop­pen. Lay­ou­ts are of­ten born from the ex­pe­rien­ce yards gain by li­ste­ning to clien­ts’ feed­back, and to sa­ti­sfy its ow­ners Pearl Yachts has in­tro­du­ced the full beam sa­loon fur­ni­shed wi­th low mo­du­lar so­fas. “In mo­st boa­ts of this si­ze the sa­loon is do­mi­na­ted by a lar­ge di­ning area but we found our clien­ts ra­re­ly ac­tual­ly ate the­re, pre­fer­ring to eat on deck or on sho­re” ex­plai­ned Iain Small­rid­ge Pearl Yachts’ Ma­na­ging Di­rec­tor. The re­st of the deck of­fers a bar cor­ner, a gal­ley well se­pa­ra­ted from the sa­loon by a dumb wai­ter and a helm con­trols sta­tion and small loun­ge. The night quar­ters are si­tua­ted along the lo­wer deck whe­re the­re’s a lar­ge full beam ow­ner’s sui­te com­pri­sing a walk in clo­set, a so­fa, two dres­sing ta­bles, and a lar­ge ba­th­room, ”Thanks to the deep V hull and th­rou­gh in­tel­li­gent de­si­gn we’ve been able to ma­xi­mi­se in­ter­nal spa­ce”, said Iain Small­rid­ge. Pro­cee­ding to­wards the bow are two twin gue­st ca­bins whi­ch can be con­ver­ted in­to dou­bles, a VIP ca­bin wi­th walk in war­dro­be , all th­ree are wi­th ba­th­rooms en-sui­te. Crew ac­com­mo­da­tion and laun­dry ha­ve a se­pa­ra­te ac­cess point to gua­ran­tee en­han­ced pri­va­cy to ow­ner and guests. Spe­cial at­ten­tion has been gi­ven to ena­ble the crew to go about their work to and from tech­ni­cal areas wi­thout di­stur­bing guests re­la­xing.

The ex­te­rior areas ha­ve been de­tai­led ca­re­ful­ly to of­fer se­ve­ral areas in whi­ch to so­cia­li­ze and re­lax whi­le en­joy­ing the sun pe­rhaps. The­re are th­ree main areas, one in the stern, and bow of the main deck, and the third is on the fly-brid­ge. This la­st one of­fers con­si­de­ra­ble spa­ce and is ve­ry wel­co­ming. The ya­cht’s ten­der is nor­mal­ly sto­wed on the stern’s plat­form whi­ch can sub­mer­ge and can dou­ble as bea­ch club when the ten­der is in the wa­ter, and jet skis are slot­ted in­to a de­di­ca­ted ga­ra­ge. Two CAT C18 en­gi­nes de­ve­lo­ping 1,150 HP can pro­pel Pearl 80’ at a re­spec­ta­ble speed whi­le main­tai­ning a hi­gh de­gree of com­fort al­so at hi­gh speed. But it’s wi­th a pair of MAN V12 en­gi­nes de­ve­lo­ping 1,800 HP that the ya­cht de­li­vers the be­st per­for­man­ce, pro­mi­sing a top speed of 35 kno­ts and a re­com­men­ded crui­sing one of 25 kno­ts whi­ch trans­la­tes in­to a ran­ge of about 300 nau­ti­cal mi­les. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion Pearl Yachts; Unit 4 St. Geor­ge’s Bu­si­ness Park, Lo­wer Ca­pe, War­wick, CV34 5DR, UK; tel. +44 (0)1926 491069, fax +44 (0)1926 498379; www.pear­lya­ch­ - sa­les@pear­lya­ch­

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