It doesn’t get much cooler then the Pearl 82’! British brand Pearl Yachts are launching another new luxury Flybridge model, their third in 3 years! Following the award winning Pearl 62’ and the successful launch of the Pearl 72’, now the all new Pearl 82’. Following the same recipe, Bill Dixon Yacht Design has collaborated with Kelly Hoppen and the Pearl Team to offer a clear difference in class, with 5 year warranty as standard. A true raised pilot house design, this 25.3m superyacht has a stunning main deck master cabin, with its own private balcony. There are 5 en-suite cabins, all beautifully appointed, with separate accommodation for 3 crew. Direct access from the flybridge down to the foredeck provides complete connectivity between the entertaining spaces on board. Owners have a choice of the aft deck layouts ‘Riviera’ or ‘Veranda’. The vast garage houses a tender, jetski, SeaBobs, and other water sports equipment. All with the striking hull lines, truly as rare as a Pearl.
Her powerful lines by Javier Soto Acebal that are both striking and graceful, but which clearly mean business? The concept of clean decks is taken to the extreme is made to look easy by Solaris Yachts. Her deck layout and arrangement of winches and jammers render her powerful rig easily managed. The Solaris 74’ is most definitely a Sailor’s yacht.
What about après-sail? Once at anchor, you can enjoy the expanse of flush teak decks, the ample guest cabin or the hydraulic swim platform and the 3m self contained tender garage, allowing easy access to the water. With ample stowage both fore and aft, there’s plenty of room for a few toys. What about below decks? Solaris are known for their interior detailing and ultra clean lines faultlessly executed with a choice of exquisite finishes. The Solaris 74’ is available in a range of finishes and layouts to meet individual owners’ wishes. She is quite simply, stunningly cool.
With many awards won by their designs in the last few years, we can´t wait to see Marex‘s latest model, the Marex 420. With a length of 13.7 metres, she will become the new flagship and comes with two possible layouts and several cool innovations. The Gourmet version will offer an enormous U-shaped kitchen layout – the largest in its class, while the Scandinavia version will have a dining area in an enclosed salon, which can be air conditioned. Both versions offer a spacious aft cockpit and a choice of a two or three cabin arrangement with two heads. The 420 also has one of the fastest and easiest canopy systems on the market, a hydraulic bathing platform and side doors positioned both to port and starboard.
The 37th World Cruising Club‘s Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) crossed the finish line in Saint Lucia in December 2022. This special annual event had a fleet of 200 yachts sailing 2700nm from Gran Canaria to the Caribs. Now that the world (and cruising) is open post Covid, the bucket list ARC is leading the bluewater charge! Berthon works with organisers World Cruising and supports the ARC, and we are massive fans. The diversity of yachts that join the fleet, crewed by passionate yachtsmen from all walks of life, guarantees camaraderie, new friendships and unforgettable experiences. Participating in an ARC Rally is as cool as a snowman’s handshake. Do join the WCC and Berthon at Berthon’s Lymington HQ on Saturday 10th June 2023 for the WCC ARC Bluewater Open Day to hear all about it.
boot Düsseldorf IS BACK!
And how we missed it! This January, boot Düsseldorf was well and truly rebooted, finally back on after a painful absence of two long years. The yachting press speculated that it would fail, the energy crisis would turn the lights off and big brands would not show up, but they were wrong. This fabulous event registered close to 237,000 visitors and over 1,500 exhibitors in their 16 enormous exhibition halls. A leading trade fair for the industry, boot Düsseldorf is the largest indoor, in-water boat show in Europe, exhibiting amazing brands and products and show casing all the fun that can be had out of the water. boot is an essential diary date for the yachting industry and for anyone passionate about yachting and watersports. boot Düsseldorf is here to stay, which is super cool!
RUSTLER 41’ MOTOR YACHT
Rustler Yachts have been building exquisitely crafted sailing yachts since the mid-1960s, so its super cool that they have now branched out into the motor yacht market with the stunning Rustler 41’. With classic lines from Tony Castro, Rustler have reinvented the traditional ‘gentleman’s launch’. Elegant and classy, this deep-vee planing hull perfectly complements their lovely sailing yachts. A Yanmar shaft drive engine is standard, but various other powertrain options are also offered. Inboards with pod drives or twin outboards? Customise as you wish. Either way, smooth, comfortable steaming at exhilarating top speeds of 35 knots. The practical and luxurious deck layout is perfect for relaxing and entertaining; foredeck sunbed lounging, aft bathing platform and rear cockpit with ample seating and wet bar. The first-class joinery and quality fit out exudes style. Well-appointed galley, lovely dinette and accommodation for 6, this versatile modern classic promises masses of fun and is cool to the point of freezing.
Australia, smashing all previous land speed records, which is of course super cool! Australian pilot Glenn Ashby reached an amazing 222.4 km/h in just 22 knots of breeze in this special land yacht designed by 2021 America’s Cup Champions, Emirates Team New Zealand. HORONUKI is the Maori word for ʻgliding swiftly across the landʼ and swift she most certainly was! Glenn is now holding up his finger, waiting for a windier day to attempt an even faster result. We will be watching…
What is flax fibre and is it really the future? Part of being kind to Planet Earth is the development of viable, eco-friendly alternatives for yacht building. Flax is a natural fibre derived from the stem of the flax (or linseed) plant which is turned into a linseed epoxy resin. Increasingly it is in use in the manufacture of composites and is popular for its sustainability. The water efficent flax plant requires a minimal CO2 footprint to turn it into a useable fibre for construction and produces no waste, offering energy savings in production. Flax fibres offer higher absorption properties than either carbon or glassfibre, weight efficency and excellent thermal isolation, all of which is very cool. Green boats of Bremen are specialists in using natural fibre composites for their yachts, their latest being the Flax27, a 27’ daysailer. IDB Marine in France have developed a very eco-friendly mini-class yacht, Virgin Mojito 650, constructed using flax fibres, recycled PET and cork. Baltic Yachts are producing the Baltic 68’ Café Racer whose hull is constructed with 50% flax fibre. Of course the first flax boat we know of is the Berthon collapsible canvas life boat, invented in 1855 by the Reverend Berthon and built at Berthon in Lymington up until WWII. Planet friendly and snowman’s hand cool.
A deeply cool event, but most magical for us is the participation of Marie Tabarly on PEN DUICK VI. The daughter of Eric Tabarly, Nathalie from our Palma office raced with her aboard MARISKA a few years ago. Marie has been sailing with scientists and celebrities aboard PEN DUICK VI since 2018 to raise environmental awareness around the world. She will take part in the OGR 2023, which is massively cool as the boat was originally built for the first Whitbread in 1973.