f you have yet to hear of England’s Pearl Yachts, allow us to introduce you to a stylish, well-thought-out brand that’s making a push into the American market. I recently tested the Pearl 80 on a blazing hot day in South Florida and was impressed with what I found. Pearl was founded in 1997 and has a strong foothold in Europe, with its largest dealership in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The company builds its hulls and superstructures in southern China and then ships the vessels to its other yard in Southampton, England, for what the builder refers to as the “fluff and buff.” The 80 I tested was Hull No. 1 of the new model, which is designed by Bill Dixon and fits in the builder’s lineup between a 65 and a 95. The 80 is intelligently spec’d for the way American yachtsmen typically like to cruise. The dining room tables that usually morph into giant key trays are gone, because most Americans prefer to eat outside. There’s a Bluetooth system, upgraded air conditioning for South Florida summers and a 100-amp shore-power cord. A Seakeeper 16 handles stabilization duties, while a hot tub on the flybridge with a waterfall and LED backlighting is a mega-yacht touch. The interior design in the salon and on the accommodations level also has a distinctly American ambience. Pearl aimed to make the salon to feel like an open and airy Manhattan loft (a sensation the missing table helps to create). The soft beiges and taupes on the accommodations level couple with windows to evoke the feeling of a cottage on Nantucket in New England. The interior designer for Pearl Yachts is Kelly Hoppen — stepmother to actress Sienna Miller and longtime designer for British powerhouse couple Victoria and David Beckham, known for their stylish taste. It’s a point of pride at Pearl to have such a high-profile name on hand.