The Pershing 92 was designed for a very specific yachtsman or yachtswoman: one who wants both a luxurious motoryacht and high speed -- say, something like 40 knots. Combining those two requirements in a 92' yacht that typically can weigh 100 tons or more is not easy. But to those who like the adrenaline rush that comes from high speed in any vehicle, there is nothing like 40 knots in a large yacht. Let's find out how Pershing does it and what it is like.
Pershing 92 (2012-) Specifications
91' 7'' 27.9 m
152,119 lbs. 69000 kg
20' 5'' 6.2 m
5' 5'' 1.65 m
2,378 gal. 9001 L
317 gal. 1200 L
24' 1'' 7.34 m
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.
The Pershing 92 is one of the fastest fiberglass production motoryachts in class thanks to lightweight construction, big engines and surface-piercing props.
Pershing Yachts is part of the Ferretti Group and this brand has been known since its founding in the 1980s for three things: speed, luxury and style. To a great degree, Pershing has been on the cutting edge of Italian nautical styling that has captured the imagination of the world. If you have ever seen a Pershing at a boat show or at the dock in its signature metallic silver, then you know that it is a hard image to forget. That is why, over the years, Pershing's style, lines and color have been much imitated. But the new Pershing 92 is the real thing.
The swim platform extends beyond the ZF Searex surface-piercing prop system. Note the low profile of the superstructure which reduces wind resistance and helps the boat achieve 40 knots at WOT.
The mission of the Pershing 92 is to transport her guests in utter luxury to most anywhere they want to go as fast or faster than virtually any production 90' motoryacht on the water. For Pershing, that means traveling over 40 knots. Further, Pershing does that with reasonable power.
Most major metropolitan areas on a coast have a destination resort easily within striking distance of the 92, in terms of both range and time. For example, in the Med all of the Balearic Islands are within 200 nm of Barcelona, Porto Cervo is less than 200 nm from Rome, virtually all of the Greek islands are within 200 nm of Athens. That means in five hours a party can be taken to any one of hundreds of resort destinations.
In the U.S. most of the Bahamas are within 300 miles of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, or Palm Beach. Nantucket is only 250 miles from Wall Street. Bar Harbor is only 210 miles from Boston Commons. The North Channel in Canada is only 250 miles from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
With a range of 385 nautical miles at 38 knots the Pershing 92 can reach most any regional destination in a few hours without stopping for more fuel.
The main deck of the Pershing 92 is nearly perfectly symmetrical. Note the placement of the table on the aft deck which is farther forward than usual, allowing the aft pad to have its own place in the sun.
Speed. We have not tested the Pershing 92 so we cannot verify the claims of the builder. Nevertheless, because the boat has been built extremely light, and because she is powered by twin 16V MTU diesels generating up to 2,638-hp driving through surface-piercing props, we will take Pershing at its word. Pershing says the 92 will travel over 40 knots. We also are told that best cruise is about 38 knots and there the boat has a range of 385 nautical miles. Few, if any, boats in class can match this performance.
Here is a Pershing 92 in a hurry. Because the surface-piercing prop is only half submerged it slings water high into the air behind the boat. This gives the boat a distinguishing profile at a distance.
Surfacing-Piercing propulsion. Even from several miles away one can see a yacht propelled by surface-piercing props because of the high, long rooster tail it throws up behind the boat. That rooster tail means speed and it will separate this boat from the other 90-something motoryachts chugging along at half the speed.
Lightweight. The Pershing 92 is significantly lighter than six other will-known brands in this size-range that we checked. While that light weight allows her to go faster, it also means that she will burn less fuel when slowed down to the speeds where the other boats are normally run, say 15 to 20 knots. When we say "light", we mean 152,000 lbs. (69,090 kgs.) dry.
Styling. As noted, Pershing's style is distinctive and while it has evolved over the last 15 years, there is still no mistaking one of her sisters -- particularly if she is dressed in metallic silver. And her sleek styling is also aerodynamically correct, reducing air resistance to a minimum, much like a Lamborghini.
The tender garage of the 92 is both deep and wide, wide enough for a RIP and a jet ski which comes standard.
Garage. The boat has a relatively wide and deep garage in the stern. In fact, it is so deep that the 92 is designed to handle both a tender and a jet ski, side by side. There are two "railways" from the garage right into the water for easy launching and retrieval. The jet ski comes standard with the boat.
The port side of the saloon is taken up with the huge credenza with a TV, wet bar, and storage. Stairway to the galley is hidden at left.
The galley is on the centerline and is flanked on either side by crew quarters. That is a crew bed in the background at left.
Galley below and aft. Europeans like their galleys out of sight and out of mind. The best way to do that is to re-position this area below, so that is what Pershing has done. But Pershing had an even better idea -- put the galley aft of the center of the boat on the centerline. From a chef's point of view this might be the best place on the boat because of reduced motion -- low, in the center of the boat and amidships. Access is via a stairway in the port corner of the saloon so that meals can be easily served both to the aft deck or the dining table forward.
We don't often see seating for eight, but since this is a four-stateroom boat that's what it should have. One nice thing about owning a 92' yacht is that there is room for a proper dining table for eight.
The sofa is along the starboard side of the saloon.
The helm looks through a single solid piece of tempered safety glass. We like the clean, simple layout of the panel with four nav screens.
At high speed it is important to have seats that are comfortable and hold the occupants in place. It looks like the good ship Enterprise.
Pershing has worked hard to get weight out of this boat, bringing her in at 152,112 lbs. (68,999 kgs.) dry. By comparison, other boats in class might run from 170,000 lbs. (77,110 kgs.) to as much as 230,000 lbs. (104,326 kgs.) dry. The builder has been able to do that by coring the hull and deck with PVC foam and by vacuum infusing the laminate with vinylester resin. This process is not easy to do in such a large boat and is time-consuming and expensive.
In addition, Pershing laminates its bulkheads with a foam core and for lightness, using the same vacuum infusion method. The vessel's interior floors and decks are made of fiberglass, and not plywood which is used by many builders in motoryachts of this size. These techniques together with a sleek superstructure make the boat light without sacrificing strength.
Glass tanks. The yacht's fuel tanks (2,378 gal./9,002 L) and water tank (317 gal./1,200 L) are both made out of vinylester resin. It is not easy making strong, reliable tanks out of fiberglass and we like them for several reasons. First, it allows the builder to construct tanks that fit the bottom shape of the hull. This means that the weight can be placed as low as possible, thereby lowering the vessel's CG. Secondly, the tanks effectively become a second bottom where they meet the hull, thereby providing puncture protection. Third, the owner does not have to worry about corrosion -- and subsequent fuel leaks -- that can occur on aluminum tanks. Glass fuel tanks, in our opinion, are the best way to go on a yacht of this size and caliber.
The forward VIP stateroom is larger than most. Note the love seat in the background. This stateroom is asymmetrical which makes it appear larger and is a refreshing change from the usual forward cabin layout.
Color. Pershing has used an earth-tone pallet for both the saloon and the accommodations of the 92. The builder relies heavily on Canaletto walnut wood with a horizontal pattern. This is augmented with ebony. Fabrics, wall coverings, and overhead panels are in shades of tan, sand, and light brown. Both black, white and gray anthracite-colored lacquer is used on overhead panels, bulkhead accents and overhead battens.
Lighting. Pershing uses LED lighting wherever possible thus reducing the hazard of fire and conserving on electricity at the same time. Soft touch dimmer switches are used throughout the boat.
The master stateroom has a large closet at left and a lounger on the portside beside the bed.
Décor details. We would characterize the furniture both in the saloon and below as contemporary and in all cases it looks comfortable. We particularly like the mattress-on-platform treatment of the beds below, something found both in Europe and in Asia in five-star hotels. The interior bulkheads of the shower stalls are finished in mosaic which we find more attractive than fiberglass or lacquered composite which is usually used in this class of boat.
Poltrona Frau Leather is used extensively on the 92, particularly on headboards in the staterooms and in accents. Virtually all of the furniture and cabinets are made of Canaletto walnut and ebony. Carpet covers the GRP soles throughout the boat.
Virtually all curtains are electrically actuated as are hidden flat screen TVs and other devices.
The upper helm of the Pershing 92 has a full instrument panel that electrically rises from the console. When at rest the windscreen provides protection for the throttles and switches. Note the relatively high bulwarks for this style of large sport yacht.
The flying bridge of the Pershing 92 is versatile and be used for sunning, or...
...for lunch while under way. The table and seat back can be repositioned at the push of a button.
Like all Ferretti Group engine rooms, the one in the 92 follows the tried-and-true orescription that Ferretti engineers have developed over the years. In our opinion, these are among the very best in the industry. The engine room is access both from the aft deck and from the galley. The deck is aluminum, and there are demisting devices on the engine room air intakes both port and starboard. These devices are expensive but we like keeping salt mist out of the engine room and away from electrical connections.
The boat comes equipped with two 23 kW generators, a watermaker, and emergency engine shutdown and automatic fire suppression system. Like all Ferretti Group yachts we have seen, there is an emergency dewatering valve on the raw water cooling intakes for both of the primary engines. Again, we like this system because it is absolutely the fastest way to dewater the engine room.
The head in the master stateroom has a large mosaic shower stall. Note the continuation of the Canaletto walnut with horizontal pattern even in the head.
PTOs. There are power take offs on both the ZF 3070 transmissions and on the engines themselves. These PTOs power the hydraulic bow thruster and stern thruster. A separate hydraulic system handles the garage door, aft deck door, swim ladder and other devices. Why use hydraulics for all of these jobs when electric motors can do the work? The reason is that hydraulic power is far more reliable.
Pershing has also installed a hydraulic heat exchanger to cool this fluid, which is somewhat unusual. Most of the rest of the equipment in the engine room is pretty much expected on this grade and size of yacht.
The bow of the Pershing 92 is all business. We like the high bulwarks which give a feeling of security when working forward in a seaway. The U-shaped settee forward is a fun place for cocktails, lunch, or just for getting away from the crowd aft. Kids of all ages will love it.
This is one of the more formal aft deck arrangements we have seen on this class of motoryacht. The sunpad is at left.
For some reason photographers think that having their models on the stern sunpads of boats going 40 knots is romantic. Even with the railing we don't recommend using the aft sunpad while underway at 40 knots.
There are a number of motoryachts in the 90' (27 m) range with four staterooms, sleek styling and luxurious accommodations. But what sets the Pershing 92 motoryacht apart is its speed -- which at WOT is from 10 to 20 knots more than most other yachts in class.
But that speed comes with an high price tag. It is far more expensive to build a light boat than a heavy one. Big engines cost much more than smaller ones and the ZF Searex SR160S surface-piercing drive system is complex and much more costly than a couple of bronze props on stainless steel shafts.
The VIP stateroom in the bow is a bit unusual and seems to have more room than in conventional layouts. Abaft the full-beam master is a double thickness of sound-deadening material in the bulkhead separating it from the galley and crew quarters port and starboard.
The Pershing 92 comes in two basic layouts, one with four staterooms and one with three, with the extra space usually used for a media room. If you want to put this boat in the charter trade, then you would be well advised to get the four stateroom version.
All this means that the Pershing 92 is not only not for everyone, but not even for everyone who can afford a more conventional 92' motoryacht. That puts her in some pretty rarified company. People who own Pershings are by definition very successful type-A personalities who know what they want and how to get it. That is one reason why you don’t see many of the large Pershings around. And that, for many people, is appealing.
The Pershing 92 is a very special motoryacht.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Pershing 92 (2012-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Washdown: Fresh Water
Washdown: Raw Water
Boats More Than 30 Feet
= Standard = Optional
Pershing 92 (2012-) Warranty
Pershing 92 (2012-) Warranty Information
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