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Pearl 75

CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TEST

Air temperature: 59°F; humidity: 86%; seas: 3'

LOAD DURING BOAT TEST

760 gal. fuel, 330 gal. water, 7 persons, 250 lb. gear.

TEST BOAT SPECIFICATIONS

Test Engine: 2/1,250-hp MTU 8V 2000 M94s

Transmission/Ratio: ZF 4000, 1.985:1 ratio

Props: ZF 4-blade 31.9 x 34.6 (forward); 30.4 x 39.0 (aft)

Price as Tested: $4,489,664 approx., ex taxes (£2,737,600 @ $1.64)

The Numbers

Pearl 75 - Final Boat Test Numbers:
RPM KNOTS GPH RANGE dB(A)
1000 9.2 9.2 1,355 57
1300 11.7 23.2 827 61
1600 13.9 53.9 352 64
1900 18.9 79.2 325 67
2100 22.1 94.0 312 68
2300 26.1 113.6 312 68
2450 28.6 131.0 298 70
Speeds are two-way averages measured w/Garmin GPS display. GPH taken via MTU display. Range is based on 90% of advertised fuel capacity.
Sound levels measured at the lower helm. 65 dB(A) is the level of normal conversation

OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT ON TEST BOAT

NOTEWORTHY OPTIONS: 2/Seakeeper M8000 gyro stabilizers ($215,660)
second 20-kW genset ($59,614)
colored hull ($48,462)
Intellian 16 satellite TV system ($27,798)
hydraulic flybridge bimini ($21,238). Prices converted from British Pounds at 1.64 exchange rate.

On Location

Better Boat: A Rich Interior

Pearl 75 Saloon

The Pearl 75’s practical, modern, and spacious rectilinear layout perfectly suits London-based Kelly Hoppen’s interior design, with its subtle use of contrasting tones and textures adding intrigue to various restful shades of gray. Leather and fabric join forces on locker fronts and paneling, echoing the combinations of marble and hardwood used for key floor areas. Dark and light woods add visual depth while high-gloss, white-lacquered deckheads provide a reflective sense of spaciousness. The lacquered wood trim lends a sense of solid quality. Surprising details include areas of flooring picked out in stainless steel. Crocodile-embossed leather bed bases communicate in their faux-reptilian way with ostrich-effect steel locker handles, which in turn provide tactile opposition to the soft leather used for drawer handles. Thick woollen carpet provides a reassuring sense of luxury. This is a case where an interior design sets a boat apart.

This article originally appeared in the March 2014 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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