SIREN CALL

Per­sh­ing Launches its 140 Superyacht

Jetgala - - CONTENT - By James Ni­cholls

An­cona, a port city half­way down the ‘Ital­ian boot’, has been a boat-build­ing hub since me­dieval times. Many ves­sels pro­duced there today, how­ever, are far from tra­di­tional or clas­sic. Take Fer­retti Group’s new Per­sh­ing 140, the first in the brand’s 31-year his­tory to be con­structed in alu­minium. The 140-foot (42.53-me­tre) ves­sel is thus the first Per­sh­ing to be built at the Group’s An­cona yard, which spe­cialises in steel and alu­minium su­per and mega yachts over 40 me­tres.

The use of light al­loy for hull con­struc­tion is a de­par­ture from Per­sh­ing’s usual style, yet the Per­sh­ing 140 re­tains the brand’s sig­na­ture spirit and sleek aes­thet­ics. “[We pre­served] those iconic de­sign el­e­ments that make ev­ery sin­gle Per­sh­ing yacht truly un­mis­tak­able at first sight,” says naval ar­chi­tect Ful­vio De Si­moni, the founder of Ital­pro­jects, which has de­signed all of the com­pany’s ves­sels since 1985. Com­bin­ing a har­mo­nious evo­lu­tion with an orig­i­nal ap­proach de­liv­ers com­pelling re­sults. How­ever, the craft’s the­atri­cal ef­fect is only fully re­alised once it is on the water. The first im­pres­sion is of a pow­er­ful ves­sel — one might even say slightly ag­gres­sive, which is not en­tirely a sur­prise as the Ital­pro­jects team drew some in­spi­ra­tion from mil­i­tary

THE PER­SH­ING 140 RE­TAINS THE BRAND’S SIG­NA­TURE SPIRIT AND SLEEK AES­THET­ICS

craft. True to Per­sh­ing tra­di­tion, the yacht hints at mo­tor sports, with a steel grid in the front part of the slen­der bow rem­i­nis­cent of the ra­di­a­tor grilles of a sporty coupé.

Wide side wings, sim­i­lar to those seen in the most re­cent Per­sh­ing yachts, are in­te­grated in the su­per­struc­ture and an­chored to the gun­wale, pro­tect­ing the cock­pit pri­vate lounge. Yet it’s the novel ap­proaches that have made the Per­sh­ing 140 one of the most talked-about su­pery­achts since its un­veil­ing at the Monaco Yacht Show 2015. One de­par­ture from the norm is the for­ward part of the hull, raised to pro­vide room for a wide-body owner’s suite on the main deck, thus giv­ing the ves­sel a dis­tinct front sil­hou­ette.

The aft cock­pit is another re­design, aimed at of­fer­ing not only space, but also ease of move­ment be­tween dif­fer­ent yacht lev­els. By rais­ing the ex­ter­nal part of the aft cock­pit, the de­sign­ers cre­ated a mez­za­nine di­rectly con­nected to a water-level beach club, as well as to an up­per sun­deck. Guests can eas­ily move from there to the main deck in­te­rior — cus­tom-made, of course, to sat­isfy the owner’s tastes in both look and layout.

Liv­ing quar­ters on the main deck in­clude the cap­tain’s pri­vate cabin, an owner’s suite with panoramic views, and a room that can be used as a small cinema or play area. On the lower deck are three VIP dou­ble guest suites and a twin cabin. Even the crew en­joy more space than usual in three cab­ins with pri­vate heads. The up­per deck fea­tures a large panoramic ter­race, while an ex­ter­nal for­ward lounge of­fers guests a sun pad.

Down in the en­gine room, one can choose from three pos­si­ble power con­fig­u­ra­tions — two 12V en­gines pro­duc­ing 3,460hp and al­low­ing cruise speeds of 24 knots; two 16V en­gines ca­pa­ble of 4,613hp and 33 knots; or four 2,600hp en­gines pro­duc­ing a max­i­mum speed of 38 knots. Sta­bil­i­sa­tion sys­tems en­sure that guests re­main com­fort­able even at an­chor.

The first Per­sh­ing 140 will be de­liv­ered in 2018, and it comes as no sur­prise that it has al­ready found an owner. With ex­ten­sive cus­tomi­sa­tion op­tions and the prom­ise of a smooth, fast ride, this superyacht presents an ir­re­sistible call to ad­ven­ture and a ful­fil­ment of de­sire.

IT OF­FERS NOT ONLY SPACE BUT ALSO EASE OF MOVE­MENT BE­TWEEN DIF­FER­ENT LEV­ELS

RIGHT

The steel grid on the yacht’s bow is a nod to the ra­di­a­tor grilles of sports cars

ABOVE

The yacht’s ag­gres­sive pro­file is partly in­spired by mil­i­tary ves­sels

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