UK boatbuilder Pearl Yachts has held the global premiere of its 24m (80ft) Pearl 80 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). The new model includes an interior design by Kelly Hoppen and an exterior profile and naval architecture by Bill Dixon.
Commenting on the launch, Pearl Yachts said in a statement: “This yacht breaks ground for the yard with impressive manoeuvrability and exceptional comfort. Following a long-term collaboration with Dixon Yacht Design, Bill Dixon has once again provided the distinctive exterior styling and hull design for the Pearl 80.”
“Lines are aerodynamic with a huge focus given to both the large windscreen and the three tiers of glazing seen from each side,” the statement added. “Seen from the water, the boat is reminiscent of a dart or an arrow, crafted for speed and efficiency. Construction is in vacuum-infused GRP and the yacht features a white gel coat finish.”
Bill Dixon says: “Apart from the obvious attributes of style and performance, the Pearl 80 wins by being adventurous in design. Offering clients unique and interesting design solutions to enhance tomorrow's yachting lifestyle.”
Following its exclusive relationship with award-winning interior designer Kelly Hoppen, the Pearl 80 is offered with three alternative interior themes: ‘Studio’, ‘Taupe’ and ‘Luxury’. ‘Studio’ is bright and fresh characterised with stripes and rich browns. ‘Taupe’ has pale joinery contrasted by calming earthy tones such as fawns, ivories and warmer greys, whilst ‘Luxury’ has the feel of a chic modern apartment with polished surfaces, nickel and accents of black.
Kelly Hoppen commented: "The design is traditional yet contemporary; clean lines and neutral hues enhance the overall space creating a sense of effortless style. I am delighted to collaborate with Pearl Yachts once again, and proud to be part of creating a design that I believe will stand the test of time.”
In the design feedback from clients has been used by Pearl Yachts and resulted in the full beam saloon so that space is entirely dedicated to a lounge area of 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,” Pearl Yachts’ managing director, Iain Smallridge, pointed out.
He added: “The Pearl 80, with her luxurious and spacious interiors, generous deck space and easily handling is perfect for our American audience and we look forward to showing her off fully at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.”