Pershing Predator 62
With the Cannes boat show behind us, Pershing’s engineers and I were sitting in total comfort in a stylish saloon at 40 knots, surrounded by vast windows. Behind us, the rooster-tail swept up by the ZF surface drives towered over the stern like a huge white monument. If I’d had a gin and tonic on the table in front of me—it was a little early—that’s where it would have stayed. This is what the Pershing 62 and her sisters are built for—safe, high-speed cruising so relaxed and apparently effortless that you forget what a formidable technical achievement it is.
Our test boat was the standard layout—a three-cabin arrangement with an impressive amidships master suite that features a luxurious head and shower compartment along the whole of the starboard side. The VIP in the bow is a perfectly pleasant cabin, while the ambience of the small twin-berth to starboard is greatly enhanced by the clever use of mirrors. In the two-cabin layout this area becomes a lower dinette, with an optional double sofa-bed. The galley is opposite, concealed by a sliding door. Unusually—and perhaps unnecessarily, in most markets—the 62 also has a crew cabin, accessed via a hatch in the cockpit sofa.
Headroom is 6 feet 6 inches pretty much everywhere (6 feet 4 inches in the master suite) and the berths are all full-size. Hull windows in the master and VIP bring daylight down below, setting off the décor to excellent effect. The main deck is the 62’s strongest suit. The cockpit is remarkably spacious, and in Pershing’s signature style the glass doors and bulkhead disappear downwards between the two sofas. A nice, big sunroof lets in the sunshine and huge, one-piece side windows—that curved central ‘framing’ is actually a beautifully engineered handrail—complete the picture, and lend the saloon an incredibly open feel, not to mention great views. The foredeck sunbathing area can be shaded beneath an optional bimini, and the aft sunbed sits on top of a substantial garage, which is big enough for a 10-foot 6-inch Williams 325 jet RIB.
During our test we had virtually flat conditions, and the 62 accelerated rapidly to a two-way average maximum speed of just under 46 knots, with a fair load of fuel and water, rather more people than you might take on a typical cruise, and a substantial tender in the garage. The 62 goes 40 knots—take a look at the cruising range figures on this page—but the boat was still happy to plane at speeds as low as 18 to 19 knots, although those velocities will need a skilled hand on the trim. As is usual on a surface-drive machine, in this transitional phase at around 1750 rpm we found that speeds could vary by six to seven knots or more. Nevertheless, handling was exemplary: she launched into every high-speed maneuver with abandon, heeling so far over in tight turns that the open sunroof came in handy as an extra window. During the more extreme maneuvers we occasionally got the sense that the hull was preparing to skitter sideways a bit (hardly an unusual sensation in a surface-drive boat), but it never actually did so, and it never gave us cause for concern.
It was fantastic—fun, impressive, and exhilarating all at the same time, and before long we were miles offshore, with our obligations back at the marina long forgotten. All boats can make your onshore cares disappear, but Pershings do it quicker than most.
Pershing, 954-462-5527; www.pershing-yacht.com
: 85,976 lb. (full load)
: 845 gal.
: 195 gal.
: 2/1,523-hp MTU 10V 2000 M93s
: Upon request
: 2/1,381-hp MTU 10V 2000 M84s
*Range based on 90% of advertised fuel capacity.