Pearl Yachts Managing Director Iain Smallridge officially revealed Pearl 72 project during a press conference at the Cannes Yachting Festival.
The model features the latest edition of Bill Dixon’s coordinated exterior design and naval architecture, as well as the celebrated new interior design theme “Indulgence” by Kelly Hoppen CBE. In terms of layout, the Pearl 72 adds a unique introduction to the size-class: two Master Cabins.
One is forward with a private entrance, as typically seen on much larger yachts, and the second is full beam amidships. There are two more en-suite double cabins plus accommodation for the crew, in addition to an exceptional garage, with space for a William 345 tender (or similar) and a jet ski.
Statement at the Yachting Festival
At the event, Smallridge said, “We are delighted to reveal the latest addition to the Pearl yachts fleet, the Pearl 72. She makes good on the Pearl promise by offering owners so much more than competing yachts of the same size. The forward master cabin has the luxury of a private entrance, while the master cabin amidships is full beam.
In addition to providing an ideal solution for co-owners who enjoy the yacht together, the innovative layout allows owners to enjoy a beautiful view even when moored stern-to in a marina. And there is no better yacht for thrill-seekers; the Pearl 72 sports an incredible garage that raises the bar in this sector of the market. Imagine all of that plus two further en-suite double guest cabins, an enormous flybridge and a beach club!”
Modern Exterior Design
About the 22-metre Pearl 72 with a 5.7-metre beam, Exterior Designer Bill Dixon said, “Every element of the 72’s design follows from the core identity that she is a Pearl. But with this new yacht, we have evolved to a higher level. The hull glass has been expanded for a more modern look, combined with the sporty stance which she inherited from the recent Pearl 62 – a marker of the new generation.
The lines are as elegant as ever, now a bit sleeker and more streamlined, and the use of spheric glass gives her curves in all the right places. As for the layout, we were as shrewd as ever to use the available space to our maximum advantage. The flybridge is full length to accommodate unexpected amenities and leave plenty of space for the owner’s choice of layout.”
Entertaining in Open-Air
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.
Other spaces of the yacht
One more set of steps takes us down to 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.
Finally, we come to the bow lounge – 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.
Making our way forward, we pass the three-stool bar, which blends the open galley with the social area. This lobby is a pleasure to pass through, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows. Together with the cut-outs in the bulwarks, it creates an observatory in remarkable contact with the environment.
And finally, we arrive beneath the, now synonymous, “Pearl double windscreen”, which 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. Kelly Hoppen CBE elaborates her new décor style into each space and with 4 en-suite guest cabins, a feat impossible to find on yachts of this size, there is plenty of room to express what “Indulgence” is all about.
The First Yacht to Offer “Indulgence”
Kelly Hoppen Interiors has continued to refine the design of Pearl Yachts, taking the world-famous look one step further and introducing a new interior theme – “Indulgence”.
The design concept for the Pearl 72 was to create a sleek modern interior with smooth lines and overlapping textures which embodies Kelly’s signature style. The design intent of this yacht was to capture New York City urban living on water while enhancing and working with the incredible mechanical features that have been achieved.
An array of materials including incredible timber veneers, onyx marbles and contrasting metal detailing has been used throughout and layered together to create wonderful reflections and luxurious tones, fusing the ocean and interiors together to create an earthly and sensory experience.
Kelly Hoppen has commented: “We approached the design of this yacht as I would when creating couture interiors for private residence whilst taking inspiration from New York urban living. We maximised each space and defined them with subtle fusion cleans lines and neutral tones, which is balanced with warm and rich textures, taking our creations for Pearl Yacht to the next level.”
Whether the owner chooses 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.