Pershing Launches its 140 Superyacht
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
The steel grid on the yacht’s bow is a nod to the radiator grilles of sports cars
The yacht’s aggressive profile is partly inspired by military vessels