Mothers always tell their kids that it is "rude to stare" but when it comes to the Pershing line of boats we can never avoid it. Frankly, we -- along with most of the rest of the nautical world -- view the Pershing design concept with the awe usually reserved for a Donatello sculpture. Few boats on the planet have quite the level of "dock appeal" as does the Pershing line with its signature metallic silver topsides. (Other colors are available). The new Pershing 74 is an evolution of the old 72, and all of the graceful, compelling lines have been kept. But questions always arise in our mind when seeing something so aesthetically beautiful: How functional is she? Is she all show and no go? She looks good at the dock, but can you take her offshore?
Pershing 74 (2012-) Specifications
74' 1'' 22.6 m
101,985 lbs. 46,260 kg
18' 1'' 5.5 m
1,189 gal. 4,500 L
262 gal. 990 L
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
With a dry weight of 101,986 lbs (46,260 kg) Pershing powers the 74 with a pair of 1,948-hp MTU engines and surface drives that they tell us will propel this silver bullet to a max speed of 44 kts (50.6 mph).
The Pershing 74 is all about performance, elegance and luxury. Her mission is to be the quintessential modern sportyacht that makes the most imposing profile either on the water or at the quay of the toniest ports of call in the world. She is intended to be both the last word in glamorous day boats, while at the same time being a fast cruiser which can cover the Riviera from one end to the other in a week. She can easily dash to places such as Porto Cervo or Ibiza in a couple of hours. She is designed to wrap family and guests in nautical luxury and provide an experience to remember. Unspoken, but implied is her builder's intention to make sure this yacht has no peers.
Even with the addition of an upper sundeck, the sleek profile that the Pershing line is so famous for is still maintained. The only question is, how comfortable is the bridge?
Exterior design. The Pershing design of a large express sportyacht with a long, sweeping reverse transom and a topside that was all metallic silver has become iconic. Like a lot of things in life -- such as the Macintosh computer -- there are many imitations, but nothing quite like what is produced by the people with the original "vision."
Interior design. The design and interior décor is as modern as the latest salon in Torino or Milano. Pershing has drawn heavily from the internationally-known and respected Poltrona Frau Group which not only designs upscale furniture and interiors but also fabricates many of the materials used in the Pershing 74.
Propulsion system. The Pershing 74's two huge MTU diesels drive through twin ZF SeaRex SR140S surface drives. These drives have special 5-bladed props which are surface piercing and help propel this 50 ton yacht to a WOT speed in the mid 40 knot range.
Hidden galley. Most European yachtsmen like to have their galley out of sight. On the 74, the galley is down on the accommodations deck, but is completely separated from it. By making a clever companionway to starboard of the helm, the chef and sous chef can access the galley and be completely out of sight.
Large garage. The tender garage in the stern of the boat is large enough to handle both a 10'10" (3.25 m) tender as well as a PWC.
Systems engineering and installation. Pershing is part of the Ferretti Group which we regard as one of the world's top production boat builders when it comes to systems engineering and installation.
Turn-key out of the box. Rarely have we seen a boat in this category which is so well equipped with standard equipment. Virtually everything you need to take off on a long cruise nearly anywhere in the world has already been put in the boat.
The main deck layout lends itself to sun worshiping with big sunpads at both ends. This boat is ideal for anywhere in the Med, or places such as Bali, Lyford Cay or the docks in Bermuda.
The Main Deck
On the main deck of the 74 there is more outside than in. Pershing designers know exactly what they are doing and how this yacht will be used: It is for enjoying the great outdoors in tropical climes on sunny days. Her guests will be people who appreciate blue water, the sun's warmth, and a life -- or, at least a few days -- of being pampered.
The aft deck and saloon entrance are as pleasing to the eye as the rest of the boat. Stairs lead to side decks. Notice the disappearing aft bulkhead and disappearing aft door allows the outside to come in. Access to the sundeck is by a stairway that comes down from the aft overhead.
The aft deck. The 74 has an overhead that extends over a larger part of the aft deck than on the old 72. As a byproduct additional sundeck space is created above. All of the overhead components such as antennae and satellite receivers are placed well aft, but kept low and do not harm the flowing lines of the yacht. A Besenzoni stairway to the bridge comes down from the overhead.
There is a wide bench seat across the transom of the boat as well as a huge L-shaped settee with table on the starboard side. These are ideal for cocktails or al fresco dining and can handle a large crowd.
Between the white overhead and abundance of windows and sunroof forward, there's no shortage of light in the main saloon.
Saloon. In the saloon there are two seating areas, one of which is a large sofa to starboard. Poltrona Frau leather is everywhere from the upholstery to the overhead lining. Both the stern sliding door and fabric window blinds are electrically actuated. A wooden dining table is expandable for eight and a serving for eight is included. Entertainment center and wet bar is to port opposite the sofa.
The lower bridge deck. As with the 72, there's a separate seat to port with table ahead of the oak cabinets. This seating has several uses, such as a place to look forward while the boat is under way, a place for morning coffee, or an afternoon spot for gin-rummy. The crew could even use the table for charts, or place to have their lunch while guests take their ease.
Some may find some unusual characteristics to this helm station, but veteran Pershing captains will be right at home. There is standing headroom and reasonable visibility at the helm, something that is unclear in this photo because of the angle. The companionway to the "hidden galley" is to the right of the helm console.
Lower Helm. First look at the lower helm may be a bit confusing. The controls are between the captain and co-pilot's seat, and the wheel is well forward, out of reach from the seated captain. If you were to stand, then the controls are well behind you. A more practiced eye however will see that this boat is rarely meant to be controlled with the wheel, rather when seated, you'll have a joystick right behind the controls to direct the ZF SeaRex surface drives. Further, an autopilot is the order of the day, short of docking, all of which make the ergonomics of the helm much clearer.
More Poltrona Frau leather can be seen here from the dual seats, to the dash, to the steering wheel.
We like the fact that there are two separate adjustable seats for both the skipper and the navigator/companion. The companionway to the guest staterooms is to port and the companionway to the "hidden galley" is to starboard.
One thing that can be said for Pershing is that its designers aren't shy about letting natural light into their saloons. This 74 has a drop down aft bulkhead that blends the aft deck with the interior, in addition to the massive side windows and single piece, curved forward windshield. The rear door folds away creating a nearly unobstructed view of the water aft. There's also a sunroof over the lower helm station.
Of course all this light also equates to visibility. From any seat in the saloon, you've got clear sightlines to the horizon.
The sundeck is a new feature that the 74 brings over the 72. It also adds an optional second control station.
Here you can see how the upper sundeck necessitated the elimination of the retractable sunroof of the 72. The seats port and starboard of the centerline helm can be opened to create lounges.
The optional upper helm has much the same characteristics as the lower in that it is predominantly joystick controlled. The entire control station retracts when not in use and all the upholstery is SilverTex-vinyl for weather resistance. Note the windshield that is raised with struts, a clever way not to raise the profile of the boat.
A retractable carbon fiber staircase drops down from the cockpit overhead via an electric actuator to allow access to the sundeck above. When not needed it is up out of the way.
It is important to note that the sundeck is just that -- a sundeck, not a flying bridge. Perhaps it should be called a "flying sundeck." An optional helm is available simply as a convenience.
The 74 features a three stateroom, three head layout. Crew accommodations are aft, and accessible via a staircase in the aft cockpit deck.
The accommodations deck is accessed via a companionway forward of the saloon, and to port of the lower helm station. The S-curving corridor carries on the design theme and the materials established above using the leather in the saloon and some oak paneled bulkheads.
The full-beam master offers outstanding views out large hull-side windows to either side. Both sheer and blackout screens are electrically activated.
The master head with bidet. All cabinetry is oak, as with the master stateroom.
Master stateroom. As you come down the companionway, a U-turn to the right leads you directly to the full beam master. The bed lies against the aft bulkhead, and while sound protection is evident in all bulkheads, the master is further protected from the engine room by the head, crew quarters, and equipment room. Two very large hull-side windows offer an expansive waterfront view. A Poltrona Frau leather headboard is flanked by twin mirrors. A leather sofa lies to starboard and a vanity lies to port. All furniture is oak. A 40" (81.3 cm) LED TV highlights the electronics.
The master head lies aft and to starboard. A separate digital climate station from the master stateroom allows a cooling effect to accompany the hot shower. The shower itself is surrounded in mosaic tile with a tempered glass door. All ceilings are lacquered panel. There is a step-in closet, and love seat to port.
The guest cabin offers twin berths with a pullout for an additional person.
Guest cabin. Halfway down the corridor and to port is the guest cabin and head. The double beds are bordered with more of the Poltrona Frau leather, and storage is seemingly everywhere. The paneled ceiling is covered with a vinyl fabric. All bulkheads are oak paneled. Standing headroom runs the length of the stateroom and the aisle between the beds is slightly wider than normal on this size boat.
The guest head has an opening portlight for ventilation and all cabinetry is oak, much as all the lower deck. The shower is a laminate surround. The head is also accessed from the corridor allowing for dual use as a day-head.
The well-equipped galley is to starboard and below in the accommodations deck.
The "hidden galley." The galley in the Pershing 74 lies below and to starboard. It's quite well equipped although a bit narrow. It features a double basin stainless steel sink, a flat panel 4-burner stove, a dishwasher that accommodates servings for eight, an electric oven, a 240L refrigerator, and a 133L freezer.
An opening portlight offers ventilation, all cabinetry is Oakwood, and the structural GRP deck is now covered with white oak wood strips. Access from the starboard side of the lower helm.
The VIP stateroom lies fully forward and offers luxury accommodations. Note the joinery work on this forward cabin that cleverly disguises its location on the boat.
VIP stateroom. Fully forward the VIP cabin offers a double bed with a Poltrona Frau leather headboard. There's an emergency exit to the upper deck from a circular hatchway and hideaway ladder. The vinyl fabric paneled ceiling that we've seen throughout the rest of the lower deck, continues in this stateroom as does the structural GRP floor covered in carpet.
This stateroom features another ensuite head equipped much as the same as the guest stateroom head.
Being a crew member aboard the Pershing 74 is not without its perks, among them the crew quarters. Separate sleeping and galley accommodations are offered. The galley features a one burner stove, a 37L refrigerator, and microwave oven. The cabin features a single bed with the chest of drawers, and a separate Pullman style berth in the event a crew of two is hired. There is also a separate dedicated crew bathroom.
A Pershing 74 cutting a rug at flank speed. Because of the windshield invisible in this photo the skipper is not as exposed as he appears.
Belly of the Beast
Fully loaded with fuel, gear and stores the Pershing 74 displaces something on the order of 118,398 lbs. (53,700 kgs.). That is a lot of weight to move, particularly at the speeds that owners of most Pershings want to travel. We have not tested this boat, but the folks at Pershing claim that she has a top speed of 44 knots and will cruise at 38 knots powered by a pair of MTU 12V2000 M94 engines which develop 1,948 mhp.
ZF SeaRex surface drives can handle the torque generated by nearly 4,000 horsepower and have what ZF calls "unprecedented reliability."
Going 40 knots in a boat of this size and weight is made possible by the ZF SeaRex surface drives which are the most efficient way to propel boats of this type at high speed. You can always recognize boats driven by these types of drives by the higher than normal rooster tail that follows the boat. These drives come equipped with 5-blade nickel-aluminum-bronze props.
The yacht comes standard with a 20 kW generator.
When it comes to the engine room and the mechanical aspects of the boat is the fact that Pershing is part of the Ferretti Group which has an outstanding reputation for systems installations, including in the engine room. We have not yet inspected the engine room of the new 74, but we would expect it to be up to the standards that we have seen in other Pershings we have surveyed the last several years.
Aboard those Pershings we have been aboard the safety equipment, through hull fittings, and all engine room installations were second to none. We were hard-press to find something we would add or change. It is a joy to see sportyacht equipped to such high standards.
The Pershing 74 is designed to cruise from Gibraltar to the Black Sea, and be at home anywhere.
The Pershing 74 represents so much more than a remake of the 72. All the beauty and luxury continue in this design, and the improvements are self evident. While the entire line can be characterized as expensive, it also carries with it an elite feel as well as a look that clearly states to everyone in the marina that you've arrived, and in style.
There are several brands that compete for customers in the rarified space occupied by the Pershing 74, and given the world economic climate the number of customers has sharply declined. Among the buyers who are left, most are more discerning yacht owners who are far more experienced. These are people who are better able to separate the dazzling façade from the vessels that have a beautiful exterior but also the "right stuff." Significantly, the folks at Pershing tell us that sold boats for the U.S. market are back ordered.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Pershing 74 (2012-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Washdown: Fresh Water
Washdown: Raw Water
Boats More Than 30 Feet
= Standard = Optional
Pershing 74 (2012-) Warranty
Pershing 74 (2012-) Warranty Information
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