With a range of 62’ to 95’ flying bridge models, British shipyard Pearl Yachts is positioning itself as an alternative to top of the range Italian shipyards.
Pearl 80 is the intermediate model of the British yard’s fleet. Pearl Yachts entry level is 62’ whereas the flag ship is a 95’. The 80’ model, something less than 24 metres slots into recreational yachts category by Italian definition with all the advantages that go with it while offering plenty of volume for those wanting to embark upon a yacht which is well suited to cruise in demanding situations and extended cruising.
From an aesthetical point of view the Pearl 80 sports an elegant exterior design initialled by Dixon Yacht Design which comprise the yacht’s water lines while the interiors were drawn up by South Africa born, world famous designer Kelly Hoppen, (MBE) since 2009.
The Pearl 80 is elegant and features sporty looks and two colours. The main deck possesses a large comfortable section in which to relax and a lovely spot from which to enjoy “al fresco” dinners. Two stairways contour the transom and lead to a hydraulic platform used for launching and recovering tenders and water toys. The interiors along the same deck boast loads of natural light in the saloon from large glazed glass panels. It contains two sofas facing one another and an armchair surrounding a coffee table at centre. On a slightly higher level further forward there’s a well appointed galley which is easily separable from the saloon, dining area and helm controls station thanks to a sliding panel.
Below decks there’s a full beam owner suite situated amidships, a VIP along the starboard side, one with twin beds opposite on port side and another VIP in the bow section equipped with a diagonally placed bed. Obviously each one of the VIP cabins is served by its own private bathroom. A crew cabin with independent access is adjacent to the engine room. The decor in the interiors exploits diverse hues of brown, the dark variety has been chosen for the wood work, flooring and several pieces of furniture while lacquered white for the ceilings, bulkheads and finishes. The bathrooms are for the most part lined with marble.
Interior designer Kelly Hoppen has developed three options for the Pearl 80’. The first and more classic one is called Luxury, followed by Studio and Taupe featuring a mole grey colour. The flying bridge hosts a dining area equipped with a BBQ on wheels, a dedicated area to relax in which is also equipped with plenty of sun pads for tan fans and a hydro massage tub.
As for the engines, the shipyard offers four options, three of which are with conventional in line drives with 1,150 HP up to 1,800 HP for each engine and a further option with three Volvo Penta IPS 1200.
For further information: Pearl Yachts
Text by Fabiano Maresca – Photos by Alberto Cocchi
The sea trial was pubblished in Superyacht 66 – Summer 2020