Blustery winds at 25 mph, gusting to a feisty 30. Frothy, confused seas running at five to seven feet. Everywhere, big swells topped with foaming white caps. Not what you’d call a great day to be out on the water.
As we poke our nose out of Fort Lauderdale’s deep-water cruise ship channel into the big, blue Atlantic, we brace for the steep rollers marching towards us. The first one, a breaking six-footer, hits us bang on the quarter, sending salty spray cascading over the bow.
Time to power up. Push forward on the throttles, feel the thrust of 3,200 horsepower, and in seconds we’re slicing and dicing the waves at an impressive 37 mph, water cascading off each side of that towering bow.
Our ride for the day—and our Boat of the Week—is the sleek Pearl 72 from Britain’s boutique builder Pearl Yachts, a high-luxury, design-focused express yacht brimming with style and innovation. Read more about this spunky beauty in the link in bio.