Bill Dixon designed both the Pearl 80’s exterior and her hull. His company, Dixon Yacht Design, is based on the Hamble River in Southampton, England, near Pearl’s headquarters. Dixon designs sailing and motoryachts, and is perhaps best known for his mega-yachts, including the 148foot Holland Jachtbouw Heureka, the 160-foot Royal Huisman Antares and the Johnson 105. Dixon also turns out smaller custom and production builds for companies such as Sealine, Azimut and Hylas. He has an eye for clean design and a knack for drawing reliable, seaworthy hulls.