Cutting Edge Yachting: Pershing 82 VHP and Pershing 74


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My first brush with a Pershing was over 18 years ago and the excitement I felt then writing about the brand is now ten fold. For over 30 years, Pershing has epitomized the idea of cutting-edge yachting that unfailingly sets new benchmarks in design, luxury and performance.

Recently, the brand reiterated its credentials with the revamped versions of two worldwide best sellers yachts, the new Pershing 74 – an exciting, highly contemporary incarnation of one of the brand’s most emblematic yachts and the Pershing 82 “Very High Performance” (VHP), a “jet fighter” of the seas that has both a new interior design scheme and more powerful engines.

Naturally I love every yacht that leaves the Feretti Group’s shipyard and these two yachts promise to add even more excitement to life on water. Created by the yacht designer Fulvio De Simoni in partnership with the Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy Committee and Engineering Department, they feature completely reworked furnishings that have been enriched with stylish new detailing and refined wood.

The breath-taking Pershing 82 VHP is capable of breaking the 50-knot barrier and it has an astonishing cruising speed of 45 knots. This is all thanks to the new combination of twin MTU 16V 2000 M96L engines that generate 2,638 mhp at 2,450 rpm, together with Top System 95S surface propellers.

In order to accommodate these changes, Pershing’s team of designers and engineers altered the layout of the engine room, the heights of the stern garage and the positions of the air intakes. The interiors of the Pershing 82 VHP meet the same exceptional standards set on the performance front. They are sparklingly luxurious and feature a tasteful array of superlatively sophisticated, quintessentially Italian products and style.

After a fulfilling day on the water, the Pershing 82 VHP is the ideal place to enjoy panoramic views while savouring a relaxing, all-encompassing sense of peace and tranquillity. Dark or pale streaked oak embellished with numerous dark grey lacquered details creates a refined atmosphere in the main lounge: a large, pleasant open space where guests can take it easy, surrounded by enchanting Poltrona Frau furnishings and leather. The items of furniture include a sizeable “Quadra” sofa and a “Laurana” wooden table with a glass top. Poltrona Frau is one of Pershing’s long-standing partners and it has also upholstered the large helm station and the three ergonomic, sporty seats for the captain and the co-pilots.

The interior design scheme reaches its artistic and creative zenith below deck. At the bottom of the steps is an area providing access to the four cabins. The corridor is decorated with alternating mirrored bulkheads and full-length panelling with metallic patterned Èlitis wallpaper.

The same stylistic effect appears in the master suite, on both the forward and stern bulkheads. Taking pride of place in the heads are Bisazza mosaics, Pomd’or accessories and exquisite Antoniolupi basins. The outer doors of the cabins are covered with Poltrona Frau leather.

The Pershing 74 is one of the company’s biggest recent successes and it too has been given a substantial redesign. The new key features are the updated shades of the on-board décor and the new Alpi wood and lacquer details, which provide a common thread running through the different rooms, appearing in everything from the curtain and mirror frames to the bathroom cabinets.

The fondness for sophisticated finishes and fine details is already plain to see in the lounge, furnished with a large, L-shaped corner sofa towards the stern, a central table with a smooth leather top and a structural unit with a retractable 40” flat screen TV. The lower deck magnificently blends natural light with LEDs, creating appealing effects that really bring out the ivory and dark grey hues of the interiors.

Two burnished mirrors make the space feel bigger and there is a king-size bed upholstered with Poltrona Frau leather, as well as two Artemide wall lights. Rounding off the furniture is a chaise longue with textile upholstery by Zimmer + Rohde.

The Pershing 74 is equipped with twin MTU 12V 2000 M96L high performance engines that generate 1,948 mhp. They give a top speed of 44 knots and a cruising speed of 40 knots, while offering maximum comfort with the trim at all times.

With a long history in building luxury yachts, one can always count on a Pershing for timeless elegance and comfort.

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