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Pershing 70 wings it at Cannes

Published on November 7, 2014 by   ·   No Comments


A Pershing is pretty much recognisable for three elements: good looks (sleek, sporty, more-often-than-not silver), speed (50 knot peaks, up to 20 more than the competition) and a distinctive sound (the surface propellers, hydrojets and gas turbines are responsible for that).

So when the Pershing 70 debuted in Cannes in September, there were certain expectations. All were met, but this time, for the first time, the designers had added ‘wings’.
Pershing has been in the business of good-looking, speedy, ‘noisy’ motor yachts for almost 30 years (the first Pershing, a 45-footer, will have its 30th birthday in 2015) and self-styles as ‘one of the leading brands in the Made in Italy fibreglass open yacht sector’.


We’re not about to disagree.
One man who has been there from the start is designer Fulvio De Simoni, a naval architect from, and still in, Milan, who is one of the best-known pleasure boat designers around. A nautical enthusiast, he is respected for his nonconformist attitude and creative sparkle.


Working alongside (also) Milan-based Advanced Yacht Technology & Design (AYT&D between friends), Fulvio’s creative sparkle is responsible for the ‘wings’.
Reaching rather dramatically over the side decks, the ‘wings’ give the 70 a look like no other Pershing.

Designed to give a sense of protection towards the aft end of the decks, and to give greater breadth to the cockpit living and lounging space, they’re certainly different, and, we think, rather attractive.


The 70 then rather reverts to the comfortable Pershing type. Slotting into a range that spans 50 to 115 foot, this model has three cabins, including an amidships master with large lateral windows, all with en-suite bathrooms.


Hull number one revealed in Cannes was ‘champagne pearl’ in colour, with a carbon grey hardtop, and plenty of light-ash wood juxtaposed against dark lacquered charcoal finishes.


The entire yacht is controlled with NAVIOP (marine automation specialists) touch screen displays placed throughout the boat, which can do everything from lighting and room temperature to kick-starting the generators and bilge pumps.


Also, as you would definitely expect, the engines are pretty impressive, a brace of 1,623-mhp MTU 10V 2000 M94s with Top System 85P surface drives thrown into the mix.


This gives us a cruising speed of 40 knots, 46 knots flat out, and the distinctive sound and speed we have grown to love from Pershing.
Coming just one year after the launch of the Pershing 62, the 70 is a clear reinforcement of the brand’s intention to strengthen its presence in the popular 60 to 80-foot market segment. Pershing is a brand of the Ferretti Group, a world leader in luxury motor yachts, with a portfolio that includes Ferretti, Riva, Pershing, Itama, Bertram, Mochi Craft and CRN.

Founded in 1968, its shipyards are based in Italy but, at the end of 2012, Shandong Heavy Industry Group-Weichai Group (SHIG-Weichai Group), one of the largest manufacturers of high-speed diesel engines in China, acquired a 75% interest in Ferretti


Group investing 374 million euros and allowing Ferretti Group to gain a stronger hold in emerging markets such as China.








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