Pershing has set out in the world of superyachts with a 43-metre boat, which has power and style. Pershing 140 is a giant, open hard top in aluminium, designed by Fulvio De Simoni
by Paola Bertelli – photo by Alberto Cocchi
AGGRESSIVE, VERY AGGRESSIVE, LIKE PERSHING BOATS KNOW HOW TO BE, AND WANT TO BE. The new 140-foot model represents a very important first for the brand, and for the Ferretti group, with this 43-metre, 8.50 metres wide, yacht Pershing has fully entered the superyacht sector. It is a separate world in yachting, where excellence becomes the norm, challenges are a daily issue, and technically-advanced innovation is a must.
And the company has joined the market in a decisive way, what in football parlance would be considered lunging straight in, with a hyper-performance vessel, that is distinctly sporty and very elegant.
It is difficult to feel indifferent when you see this clean and decisive lines: they verge on the angular but are softened by the arc drawn by the profile of the superstructure up to where it meets the bulwark of the main deck. Or the infinite and clear foredeck, or the sun deck that is set up like a fly bridge so as to not betray the soul of this giant open hard top.
The decidedly contemporary bow of this superyacht is unusual: vertical and voluminous above and streamlined and thin below but, above all, square and with a grille that recalls ones from famous cars like Rolls Royces. Being the first superyacht made by Pershing has brought with it a series of firsts for the Mondolfo-based yard.
It is the first Pershing that has been entirely built in aluminium, the first not to have the command post on the main deck but rather in an intermediate position tucked between the main and sun decks. The first to be designed with the master suite on the main deck (although this first example was customised in a different way by the owner).
It was the first to be built in the Ferretti Group Superyacht Yard in Ancona, the facility that specialises in building steel and aluminium megayachts of over forty metres. But let’s take things in the right order.
Chorusline, as the first Pershing 140 has been named, is the outcome of the work done by Fulvio De Simoni, who for over thirty years has designed all the yard’s boats, in collaboration with the Ferretti Group’s strategic product committee and the group engineering department.
The size of this yacht has allowed the Pershing DNA, consisting in determination and performance, to be respected and expressed in full, while at the same time creating a very comfortable superyacht boasting large living areas.
The yard gives the top speed as 38 knots, and that is a function of the light, aluminium hull and the hull platform that has been used, which is designed to give high performance, with excellent hydro-dynamic capacity at high speeds and hydro-jet power with four 4 MTU 16v2000 M96Ls, producing 2600 hp.
There are three decks on the boat. Aft of the main one, an original solution has been chosen forthe cockpit, that has been designed over two levels: immediately behind the large glass door separating the interior from the exterior, there is a dining area with a table for ten people, and by going up four steps you get to an open-air lounge. Staggering the cockpit design in this way has created a dining area that ensures guests can enjoy a very high level of privacy.
Whereas the cockpit is original, the way the outside areas in the bow has been handled is decidedly futuristic: to keep the lines clean, and respect Pershing’s super sporty character, when under way, a sliding platform hides an enormous sun pad and a lounge area with sun area and a Jacuzzi. The automatic mechanism also covers the entire area used for mooring.
The imposing stern houses a beach club that opens up, also on two sides, giving close contact to the sea to this large relaxation area, which is fitted out as a sun deck with freestanding furniture. There are two ways to get to the sun deck: using the cockpit staircase, or from the inside helm station, which is immediately connected to the external station.
The sun deck is a real panoramic terrace, with the centre part protected by an aluminium hard top; it is fitted out with a bar, barbecue, relaxation area and sun lounger. The owner has also decided to fit a projector using removable screens on Chorusline, as well as fixed speakers. Another choice made by the owner, and a much more radical one, involved both the décor and the layout of the interiors.
The Pershing 140 project started out with the main bridge hosting the living room – which is extremely luminous thanks to the large side windows – followed by the dining area. In between them, amidships, there is the lobby with various corridors and side rooms and in the bows a full beam master cabin with walk-in cupboard and private sitting room. But the Chorusline owner decided to completely separate out the day and night areas and has put the entire main deck over to socialising. So the main cabin has been downsized and moved to the bows of the lower deck, and in its place an entertainment room has been fitted out with large sofas, tables and large television.
PROJECT: Fulvio De Simoni (Design) • Ferretti Group Engineering Department (Naval Architecture)
HULL: LOA 43.30m • Length 8.55m • Draft 2.05m • Full mass displacement 250 t • Gross Tonnage 394 t
• Fuel tank volume 30,000 l • Water tank volume 4,000 l • Guests 11 • Crew 7
MAIN PROPULSION: 4x MTU 16V2000M96L
MJP 2×650 steerable drive + 2×650 booster
• Main generators 2 x Zenoro 80 kW 400V 50Hz
• Stabilizers: 3 Seakeeper 35
• Maximum speed 38 knots
• The range at 10 knots is of 1,400 nautical miles
CERTIFICATION: Rina C
The boat is driven by hydrojets, with four MTU 16v2000 M96Ls delivering 2600 hp each. Chorusline can cruise at 35 knots and has a top speed of 38 knots. At ten knots, she has a range of 1,400 nautical miles.
(Pershing 140, rewrite the rules – Barchemagazine.com – November 2019)