A Review of the Pearl Yachts 72

A Review of the Pearl Yachts 72
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In addition to its high-end interior and sleek lines, the Pearl 72 has a top speed of 33 knots.


Bill Dixon penned the Pearl 72, a design notable for its effective use of glass across all decks.

Owner-operator Pearl 72 possesses the features of a megayacht. Among the four en suite staterooms, there are two master bedrooms. Pearl calls the master bedroom "the master," and it has a private entrance typical of larger yachts, leading to a room with a forward-facing berth, high-gloss black cabinetry, and windows for natural light. This space offers triple closets, six under-bed drawers, and an en suite head with a shower for long cruises.

A separate stairwell separates the "guest master" from the salon, another mega-yacht feature. A short hallway leads to a forward-facing berth and a private entry. To the port of the guest stateroom is a double-bed room. An en suite doubles as a day head, accessible from the hall, in the twin-berth stateroom to starboard. There is 6-foot-4-inch headroom in all staterooms.

The 72's elegant exterior lines are the work of naval architect Bill Dixon, who created long glass sections in the sides of the hull and a wider, 18-foot-10-inch beam. Three interior schemes were created by Kelly Hoppen, CBE. This 72 had the Indulgence theme, a solid representation of a Monaco penthouse with onyx marbles, dark bulkheads, and a dark sole. The coamings on the side decks have been cut down so that windows are just 17 inches above the salon sole behind the sofas, so that view is vast. A 4-foot shade keeps the sun at bay as the skipper and guests enjoy an almost uninterrupted windshield stretching from the deck to the flybridge.

You may also choose pale-washed wood or high-gloss dark wood for your interior décor. As far as the exterior lines of this yacht are concerned, the design theme called Indulgence compliments them well.

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The raked window forward enhances the sense of interior space while providing light and views.

There is a Miele four-burner induction cooktop, a convection oven, a grill, and a wine chiller in the salon, out of the way and behind the helm seats. There is a Dometic fridge opposite that is full-height and home-size. In the crew space, there is a second galley, along with a head and bunks.

A luxury car seat with deep bolsters and individual adjustment is at the helm for both the skipper and his companion. A pantograph door was optionally installed next to the helm, making access to the side deck easy. There are twin Garmin displays on the skipper's dash, a row of tidy, well-marked rocker switches, and controls for the bow and stern thrusters. Automatic controls on Humphree custom Interceptors make them easy to use at any speed.

Up on the bridge, there is wraparound seating around the dining table, a wet bar with a Kenyon grill, forward seating with a cocktail table, and a sunpad or a hot tub. This equipment is shaded by a fiberglass hardtop with louvers that allow full sun, full shade, or a breeze to circulate.

On the main deck, a high-low table with wraparound seating transforms into a sun pad after the alfresco meal. The area can be cooled by a Bedouin-style sunshade mounted on poles. A Lewmar V6 anchor windlass with foredeck and helm controls is mounted on the remaining foredeck, protected by double-welded rails.

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There are three interior-design schemes, all from British designer Kelly Hoppen.

For cool or wet climates, the cockpit is equipped with a removable full enclosure. There are also boarding doors on both sides of this space, as well as an optional Opacmare passerelle on this 72.

As one would expect from a luxury home, there's a multi-vehicle garage - the transom opens to reveal stowage that can accommodate a Williams Sportjet 345 and a Sea-Doo Spark personal watercraft, plus water sleds and dive tanks.

The aft coamings fold down to make boarding easier, and a transom panel lowers to create a beach-club lounge.

With its electric steering, the Pearl 72 provides enough feedback for experienced skippers to "feel" the boat while underway. I found the Pearl 72 to be remarkably capable in stay-at-home sporty conditions, but it seemed to relish the challenge of a turbulent Gulf Stream. Windshield wipers weren't even tested.

There are two 1,400 hp MAN V-12 engines available. With twin MTU 10V 2000 M96L engines and ZF gearboxes, this Pearl 72 hull upped the ante. I saw 33 knots despite a lumpy ocean and a comfortable 22 knot cruise at 70 percent engine load on the 72. When conditions were better, the factory reported a cruise speed of 25 knots and a range of 250 nautical miles.

Through the crew quarters or the tender garage, you can access the engine room. A centerline diamond-plate sole makes this space surprisingly accessible, despite its array of powerplants and systems. As well as the standard Applied Marine Automation AC/DC system, the 72 had an additional Kohler genset of 20 kW, a Seakeeper 18 gyrostabilizer, and a Kohler genset of 20 kW.

This is a seaworthy cruising platform with a double-master layout that is able and seafriendly. Owners looking for comfort and style while cruising with friends should appreciate this vessel's ability to customize the interior.

Fold-out sides help create a beach-club vibe. The garage accommodates an 11-foot tender and other toys. 

Zach Sean (@probszachsean) is a contributor for TIRED. He writes nothing, but thinks a lot about eating, Spider-Man, and The Legend of Zelda. Zach likes long walkies, is mostly potty-trained, and plays well with others (most of the time).

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