Sunday, February 25

New Pershing GTX 80: Big and Bold

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Pershing yachts are not for the modest. Indeed, the Ferretti Group, which owns Pershing, says the new Pershing GTX 80, with its striking looks, is “synonymous with fun, total control, and unchallenged supremacy.”

It’s hard to live up to all that, but the Pershing GTX 80 certainly comes close. Its new design features Pershing’s signature lines, starting with an almost-vertical bow and including a slightly convex sheerline. The eye-catching bulwarks in the bow have been opened by a longitudinal slot; those in the stern incorporate winches for dock lines and also can swing down to provide space for sun lounging or water sports.

A luxurious flybridge motoryacht, the GTX 80 has four cabins, holding eight people, plus a crew cabin for two. The crew quarters are accessed through a door under the stairs in the cockpit that lead up to the flybridge.

The GTX 80 is powered by two 1,000-hp Volvo IPS1350 pod drives, which provide fingertip control of the joystick for precise, and easy, docking and low-speed maneuvering. The new Pershing has a range of 300 nm at its cruising speed of 28 knots; it tops out at 34 knots.

The salon is filled with light. Exterior glazing extends below the walkways, providing a visual contact with the water, even for guests sitting on the sofas. The galley is aft, so it’s integrated into the salon and cockpit.

The swim platform can be raised to join the cockpit’s social area and connect with the folding terraces. It also can be used to launch the tender.

The raised helm has 360-degree visibility; there’s no central pillar in the windshield. A large sun roof provides light and fresh air. The flybridge has the upper helm and seating and lounging areas, and it can be protected by a carbon-fiber hardtop.

The new Pershing’s interior embodies the line’s bravura ethos (Pershings are made in Forli, Italy). The leather sofas are designed in pale, warm colors to contrast with colder steel accents. There’s lots of metallic lacquer. The ceiling in the master stateroom is painted for a cloud effect that is enhanced by sky-blue leather paneling. All the bathrooms have metallic lacquered panels on the walls.

Specs.: LOA: 78’8”; Beam: 19’0”; Draft: 6’3”; Disp.: 110,231 lbs.; Fuel: 1,347 gals.; Water: 343 gals.; Power: 2×1,000-hp Volvo IPS1350 pod drives.

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