Black Pearl 46 — By Capt. Patrick Sciacca —
Through a Cat’s Eye
Part 2: The Black Pearl 46’s impressive turn of speed, agile handling, and efficiency have earned her two thumbs up from this boater.
The cockpit also provides access to engines in each of the 46’s hulls. The rooms are mirror images of each other and feature 4'4" headroom. I suspected that the engines would be shoehorned into each space, but this was not the case. There’s walkaround access to both powerplants. One issue I did have with both spaces was the placement of the Racors: under fixed steps at the entrance to the engine rooms. You have to put your hands between the steps to get the filters off, not an efficient setup for a regular maintenance item. A better location on this boat—and where I’m told the filters will be located in the future—is the forward bulkhead, where there’s clean access. Inboard access for maintenance is uninterrupted.
The sponsons also house the two staterooms all the way forward. The master stateroom is in the port-side one and features a 6'3"x5'0" berth with four stowage areas beneath. Six-foot four-inch headroom is the rule here. While this room doesn’t possess the same space as it would in a monohull, I found it adequate for a couple/crew to crash. The hardcore angler will likely not mind the lack of space, since not much time will be spent here, but if you do extended cruising, this room will feel small. The head with shower stall sits just abaft the master stateroom and features 6'5" headroom. The guest stateroom to starboard has two single berths and the same head setup as the master, with a few cabinets under the outboard berth. A stowage area aft and to port of the guest quarters could be used as another single guest room with the addition of a berth; however, I barely squeezed in there and would keep it as stowage.
One place where room is plentiful is the main deck. The U-shape galley, forward and to port upon entering from the cockpit, is fully equipped (see specifications). There are also three drawers for cutlery and plates and one large one for pots and pans. Once you’re done cooking, the dinette across from the galley seats four and offers great views to boot. When it’s time to loosen the belt and kick back, you can put your feet up on one of the port and starboard L-shape saloon lounges. The starboard-side lounge offers the best view of the optional 20-inch Sharp flat-panel TV. Between the beam and the 6'7" headroom here, you feel like you’re inside a house.
The Black Pearl 46’s impressive turn of speed, agile handling, and efficiency have earned her two thumbs up from this boater. And while she has some stiff competition from the monohull market, especially with her relatively compact lower-deck accommodations, the 46’s main-deck space is relatively larger. Add to her list of pros an uncatamaran-like profile, and she’ll definitely turn heads of many traditional diehards and maybe even convert some to cat lovers.
Black Pearl Marine ( (239) 389-1103. www.blackpearlmarine.com.
This article originally appeared in the February 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.