Though Pearl Yachts has been around for 20 years, 2017 was its first time entering the American marketplace. While it’s a crowded marketplace, the British builder believes it brings something different. With the Pearl 80, its largest to date, it offers swift speeds and three interior styles, to suit a variety of tastes.
Naval architecture for the Pearl 80 comes from a longtime collaborator, and well-known studio. Dixon Yacht Design is further responsible for lending the megayacht the large swaths of glass that span her three decks. While they’re a welcome size on the main deck, they’re particularly large below decks, too. It’s not until you view her from above that you realize significant-size glass sits overhead as well, benefiting the helm and galley.
The light, bright galley certainly makes the chef’s job more welcome. Since the Pearl 80 operates with just two crew, your chef is also likely to be a deckhand. Regardless of what tasks he or she needs to handle, the yacht’s starboard side yields primary access. In fact, previous Pearl Yachts customers requested this bigger boat have more of a separation between crew and guests. Therefore, an external door leads into the galley, so that crew don’t interrupt family time in the saloon.
Speaking of the saloon, the Pearl 80 devotes the rest of the inside main-deck space to it. Here again, Pearl Yachts configured the room as a direct response to client feedback. Most customers don’t bother with formal dining areas, instead preferring alfresco meals. For an inside option, though, there’s a pass-through from the galley, plus a bar aft. There’s additionally a small seating area at the helm.
So where would you take meals outside when aboard? The Pearl 80 gives you three places: at the bow, on the aft deck, and on the flying bridge. The bow and bridge are probably the most casual, given sunpads in proximity. Wherever you choose, you and six guests (housed in two twin cabins and a VIP) can gather together.
Some semi-custom megayacht builders let clients configure nearly every aspect of the interior. But not every customer wants to spend time doing that. This is why Pearl Yachts and Kelly Hoppen Interiors offer three interior theme packages for the Pearl 80. The Studio theme has primarily bright tones, but also browns, along with stripes. Taupe is the second choice, with light-tone woods and fabrics in grey, ivory, and light brown. The last, Luxury, brings together nickel and other polished materials, accented with black. All are intended to complement the nearly 20-foot (6.01-meter) beam.
Here’s a look at how hull number one shapes up. Note the contrasting dark and light joinery, lacquered overheads, and varying textures. All of this, of course, is available with each interior theme package. Note as well that the Pearl 80 intends to take you wherever you wish at swift speeds. The optional MAN package on hull number one permits a reported 35-knot top end. Standard Caterpillars allow a similar speed.