The Pershing 70 is a sleek, narrow-beamed, high-speed machine that throbs with latent power and turns on a dime. And yet at the same time it’s a supremely comfortable motoryacht, which will happily keep you and your family in the lap of luxury on a weeklong cruise.
It’s always fun to drive a Pershing. With a deep-V, 23-degree deadrise amidships sharpening to 17 degrees aft, the new 70 is based on the hull of the Pershing 64, which was 5 tons lighter and, with just 150 horsepower less, around two knots slower than the 70. The V-10 MTUs seem to be a perfect match for the new model, especially when linked up to the Italian-built Top System surface drives; we hit the advertised maximum of 46 knots right on the nose, with acceleration and handling everything they should be from a Pershing.
Getting the best out of surface drives takes practice, and when Pershing realized how true this is for many yacht captains, the shipyard started to investigate automatic trim systems to help such captains match the speed and fuel-consumption figures achieved by Pershing’s own test crews. The latest manifestation of this quest is the Top System software fitted to our test boat. The core principle is to keep the engines operating at a constant 80-percent load, lowering the drives into denser water when more thrust is needed and raising them as speed is optimized. This takes the guesswork out of accelerating from a standing start, and neither did we need any of the usual trial and error to discover that the 70’s minimum planing speed was 21.4 knots at 1550 rpm. In hard turns, the software lowers the outer drive and raises the inner one to equalize the water densities in which the props are operating, and it does so much faster than even a skilled helmsman could manage.
Modern techniques and materials go into the construction of the fast, lightweight Pershing 70. Hull, decks, bulkheads, and interior substrates are PVC-cored and laminated with vinylester resin via an infusion process. Fuel and other tanks are made of fiberglass, not aluminum. Because of this, they can closely fit bottom and other structure and thereby constitute a double layer of glass, always handy should a hull puncture take place.
Although sporting a slender, performance-oriented hull, the
70’s interior seems to retain the feel and space of a more substantial craft. Headroom below is 6 feet 7 inches in the master and VIP, and higher elsewhere, while the berths are all full size or better. This sensation of space is heightened in the master thanks to the generous hull windows, and even more so up on the extravagantly glazed main deck, where there is also a substantial opening sunroof and a glass cockpit bulkhead that disappears downwards, further blurring the distinction between inside and out.
While the layout of our three-cabin 70 felt very roomy, you’d get even more space with the two-cabin version, with its private, open-plan saloon opposite the galley in place of the third cabin, and a roomy dayhead and shower at the foot of the companionway.
Pershing, 954-462-5527; www.pershing-yacht.com
: 103,000 lb. (full load)
: 925 gal.
: 238 gal.
: 2/1,623-hp MTU 10V 2000 M94s
: Upon request
: 1/17-kW Kohler
: Top System surface drives with 2.5:1 gear ratio
: 41 x 60 Rolla 6-blade