Big, Bad, and Beautiful
The Pershing 82 may be silver, but with style and performance like this, she’s definitely going for gold.
Pershings are fun. They’re also cool, expensive, stylish, and often silver, but above all they are addictively enjoyable driver’s boats. However big she is, Pershing’s designers and engineers strive to ensure that your boat will handle impeccably, and give you the same thrill that you got from your first speedboat.
Of course Pershings are also luxurious bachelor pads, and the new 82 is no exception. With leather furnishings by Poltrona Frau and other features provided by equally illustrious designer names, this is an unmistakably Italian motoryacht, styled to the hilt with lots of straight edges, and a remarkable dearth of handholds.
The galley is down aft in the crew area, making the main deck a bright and sociable space. Glass cockpit doors disappear into the sole, merging the cockpit with the saloon. A glass dining table seats eight, drenched with light from the sunroof. Meanwhile, three big, masculine leather helm seats and a huge helm console provide a subtle reminder of what this boat is really about.
Down below, the standard four-cabin layout gives the owner an amidships suite, with the bed beneath the port hull window and a generous head and shower to starboard. The VIP suite in the bow feels significantly smaller, while the port guest cabin has en suite access to the good-sized dayheads.
A three-cabin layout is also available, with an optional video lounge taking the place of the starboard guest cabin. Given that in either form the 82 has just three head compartments, many owners might feel that this is the more comfortable and practical layout.
A development of the Pershing 80, the 82 uses the same hull and machinery package as its predecessor, with an extended aft platform, a sun deck—plus optional helm station—and various other refinements warranting the new model name. The upper console can be folded down when not required, while the carbon flying bridge ladder also folds out of the way, into the cockpit overhang.
All moldings are resin-infused for strength and weight control—the 82 is three tons heavier than the 80—and laminated using E-glass with cores of balsa and PVC foam. A 55-ton boat slapping the water at 40 knots needs to be tough, and the hull bottom is an inch and a half thick.
Pershings are also famous for performance, and this boat is no black sheep. Two ZF Searex surface drives, 32 cylinders, and 4,870 horsepower are a pretty good start, and Pershing takes it from there. We clocked 46.5 knots in a straight line, and timed the boat from tickover to terminal velocity at a staggering 70 seconds. The ZF automatic drive-trim system proved swift and accurate, and will help to ensure that even captains with limited experience of this kind of yacht can achieve optimum fuel efficiency in the cruise. A one-finger joystick control looks ridiculous, but it works well at all speeds, with an electronic helm limiter to ensure that you’ll never get this boat out of shape, however hard you heel her over.