Sharp Performance: Pearl 72

By Shereen Shabnam

Founded in 1998 with the aim of designing a range of luxury motor yachts offering voluminous interiors, combined with opulence and design excellence, Pearl Yachts is now one of the UK’s most prominent shipyards and has announced a new 72’ flybridge yacht, Pearl 72.

Pearl 72 features two master cabins, a total of four ensuite guest cabins, and a crew cabin – plus a garage for large tender and a jet ski. It has a modern and sleek exterior, matching the advancements made in performance, efficiency, and seakeeping through advanced naval architecture.

The flybridge is a clear example of the theme of flexibility, which defines the entire Pearl 72. Guests can enjoy the fresh air and flybridge experience under the variable hard top, which has 3 settings: Full shade, adjustable louvres, and full sun.

The helm and forward-facing seating set up a friendly area for owner operators to enjoy cruising in the company of guests; the full-sized dining table has a multi-functional wet bar opposite, and the aft area can be tailored to suit the owner’s needs with freestanding furniture, a sun pad or even a hot tub.

Stairs lead down to the cockpit, which is centred around the table with a sofa and freestanding seating, sheltered by the flybridge but enjoying a wide-open view – this is one of the main entertaining areas onboard.

A few steps down is the beach club, which features a fold-out seat and an extended bathing platform. It’s the perfect place to kick off an adventure, with full support for all the must-have water toys. The garage accommodates a large Tender and there’s still room for a jet ski. Deploying both vehicles is a breeze and the fold-out side platforms ensure there’s always plenty of space to meet the Sea. Once the garage is closed, the fold-down transom seat makes the bathing platform a comfortable space. Whether sea-lovers are looking for excitement or relaxation, it’s a delightful spot.

The bow lounge is a great place to end the day, watching the sunset, thanks to the wide sofa and sun pads. Below the Bedouin-style Bimini and the retracting table, you can do whatever you want with this space. A nice detail is that the anchor mechanisms are neatly tucked away, giving everyone a clear view off the bow for sunbathing at anchor or even while cruising at low speeds.

The entrance to the salon is a via an impressive electrically operated sliding door. The main saloon is laid out as a lounge, with designer sofas along the port side and eye-catching furniture starboard, with an abundance of storage. Then there is the bar area, which blends the open galley with the social area. This has a floor-to-ceiling windows. Together with the cut-outs in the bulwarks, it creates an observatory in remarkable contact with the environment.

The “Pearl double windscreen, houses the internal helm station and a relaxed dinette area. An optional door beside the helm gives easy access to the exterior, bringing in the breeze and making for easier operation. There are two stairways leading to the lower deck; the forward master has a private stairway by the helm. Amidships, the main stairway takes you down to the main accommodations area.

Performance is of course one of the first thing we look in a yacht. Pearl 72 offers the standard 1400HP MAN V12s or the optional MTUs with 1600HP, the Pearl 72’s advanced hull architecture ensures a smooth, efficient cruise and easy handling. The latter engine carries her up to 32 knots, with a cruising speed of 25 knots for a range of approximately 250 nautical miles. All the performance advancements have implications for comfort, safety, and fuel economy.

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