Mondolfo (PU), August, 4th 2014 – Pershing, a Ferretti Group brand and one of the leading manufacturers worldwide of high-performance open motor yachts between 15 and 35 metres in length, is about to launch its new 70-footer, which will be making its international debut at the next Cannes Yachting Festival, from 9th to 14th September. Indeed, work on the first Pershing 70 is almost finished at the Mondolfo plant - the brand’s production cradle - and the craft is due to be launched at Marina dei Cesari, in Fano, in just a few days.
The new yacht - which is the result of the cooperation between yacht designer Fulvio De Simoni, the name behind the entire Pershing range, and AYT&D - Advanced Yacht Technology & Design, the Group’s research, style and product development centre - will strengthen the brand’s offer in the strategic 60-to-80 feet market segment, only one year after the launch of the Pershing 62, whose success it aims to emulate. And just like the Pershing 62, this new yacht belongs to a “new generation” of Pershing crafts, characterized by increasingly dynamic lines and innovative design solutions.
The objective pursued by the yacht designer and by Ferretti Group’s designers and engineers was indeed that of searching for increasingly bold shapes, while remaining “in line” with Pershing’s unmistakable DNA, to create a boat that would surprise and appeal to long-time and new brand enthusiasts alike - yacht Owners that are looking for that inimitable style, a style that can be recognized anywhere in the world and is able to express elegance and speed, power and beauty, technology and safety, whether the yacht Owners and their high-octane companion are cruising at maximum speed or resting after a day at sea.
From the very first glance, the Pershing 70 strikes the eye for its futuristic and imposing shapes, enhanced by a carefully-selected colour palette and original structural design.
On this first hull, the brilliant “Champagner Pearl” of the hull, main deck and superstructure contrasts with the carbon grey of the hardtop, from which two large side wings open up, connecting to the gunwale and featuring a glazed surface at the beginning of the side walkways, which result in a restyled, generous cockpit, comparable to that of larger models, extending across the entire width of the hull. The yacht’s sporty appearance is completed by the handrails that ‘cut across’ the side glazing on the main deck and the large windows on the hull, at the height of the owner’s quarters, which draw inspiration from those seen on the 62 footer, so as to maintain the same family feeling. The windows of the VIP cabin, located forward, feature an identical design.
On the Pershing 70, the interiors stand out for their innovative layout and décor, characterized by a skilful use of contrasting colours, with the light shades of ashwood of the furniture frames alternating with the dark tones of the lacquered charcoal grey finishes.
White is the colour chosen for the deck structure and the ceiling panels, consisting of parallel strips fitted with LED lighting systems. Wooden floors complete the decor on the main deck, while furnishings comprise a large leather sofa with storage drawers, an extendable dining table seating up to six people and a low unit with a 46’’ screen TV (a concealing TV screen is available upon request). The starboard-side pilot station features a Poltrona Frau two-seater leather bench. Next to it, a second living area hosts an L-shaped sofa which can be replaced with a bar area upon request.
Below deck, the layout comprises three cabins with three bathrooms and the galley. The full-beam master suite is accessed by descending from the mezzanine level towards the stern of the yacht. Inside the cabin, a partition element decorated with wave-shaped leather inserts visually separates the entrance area - fitted with a double wardrobe - from the bedroom itself. The same inserts pattern unravels throughout the cabin, on the wall behind the bed and besides the book unit with audio/video system standing in front of it. The master bathroom on this first Pershing 70 features extremely original decor choices, especially in the shower box, where the main wall is fitted with horizontal metallic strips in different colours which, when “soaked” with light, create a ‘palette’ in line with the latest trends in interior design.
All other areas below deck are accessed directly from the mezzanine level: to starboard is the galley, while to portside is the large third cabin, with twin beds and bathroom with separate shower, which also serves as a day toilet thanks to a secondary access directly from the lobby. The VIP cabin, at the extreme bow, is truly spacious and well-equipped, with a double wardrobe and an en-suite bathroom with separate shower.
As well as for its innovative design, the Pershing 70 is also truly impressive for the wide range of technological solutions that can be installed upon request and that really make the difference when this yacht is compared with similar crafts of the same size. A series of MOSFET electronic control units (a technology based on power transistors) has indeed been installed across the entire yacht, allowing to simplify the electrical system, reduce the number of cables onboard, and apply power electronics to the electrical system. In a nutshell, instead of being controlled through traditional control panels and switches, the entire yacht can now be controlled through NAVIOP touch-screen displays installed on the pilot station and, on request, in other areas on the yacht. In addition, a series of power boards allow, upon request, to monitor and control the individual onboard systems, as well as to display onboard data, providing the yacht owner and the crew with a home automation system whose features and extension potential are comparable to those normally available on mega-yachts. The shipyard has indeed created a series of optional system configurations (about ten different “packages”) allowing the Owner to choose one or several “custom solutions” that can be adapted to suit specific onboard requirements or expanded with additional functions and “dedicated” software applications, thanks to the assistance of the AYT&D engineers.
If required, MOSFET units can be integrated with the innovative audio/video interaction system VOTIS (Videoworks One Touch Infotainment System), the result of the cooperation between AYT&D and Videoworks, Group’s technological partner. VOTIS allows to control the entertainment system installed in the main salon via an iPad, thereby replacing the various remote controls required for the different devices with one unit only. Upon request, the same control function can be extended to other areas on the yacht or installed on the Owner’s own devices. If integrated with the home automation system, this service can be used to access the digital libraries stored on the central server, adjust lighting levels to create different atmospheres or read/watch TV, control awnings and curtains, adjust the room temperature, as well as, obviously, use the Internet. Finally, the AirPlay technology makes it possible to stream audio/video contents to the various areas of the yacht through the Wi-Fi connection.
The Pershing 70 also boasts impressive engine characteristics and performances. Indeed, the yacht is fitted with twin MTU 10V 2000 M94 engines (developing a power of 1623 mhp), combined with a Top System 85P surface drive system, allowing to achieve a maximum speed of 44 knots and a cruising speed of 39 knots.
As usual, the yacht offers a remarkable cruising range: 250 nautical miles at maximum speed, which go up to 265 nautical miles at cruising speed (preliminary data).