Yacht review PERSHING 70 | Part 1

Today we’re going to try out the Pershing 70. Pershing defines itself as the world leader in high, performance, open motor yacht category. And why not keep going as we have till now.

We’ve tried some extraordinary powerful boats. Today I’m going to try out this Pershing 70, in the worst conditions. Just to see how it performs. I get lost looking for the VIP cabin. And looking for the maximum performance, regulating with the precision axis. And take advantage of the accelerator. Plus, we all find out about the tech innovations. And finally a look at the exhibition of contemporary design.

The Pershing 70 is a two thousand series model. With M 94 MTU engines. Ten one thousand six hundred and twenty-three horsepower. Each V cylinders. They’re coupled with this surface proportion system. By top system which is trim able and pivots. Which means that move on a vertical plane, to regulate the boat axis. And propellers push horizontally. Which gives the boat direction. Instead of the traditional rudder. On a classic surface propulsion boat. There are some manoeuvres to do in order to get it to plane. And then up to speed. Like you need to put the flaps in the lowest, position possible. Raise the transmission of the surfaces. To get air into the propellers. Because the engines at low turnover. Haven’t enough torque and power to make them turn, when they are completely immersed. We need to remember that they are big diameter propellers. And take longer turns to make the boat go fast. Then as the speed gets higher. We can lower the surface propulsion a bit. So the propellers push more. Turning better in the water. Then we can put the flaps in high position. Because they are also a brake for the boat. So it’s better to limit just how efficient they are. If we raise the surface transmission a little. We can get them up to half way. To reach max speed though we need to take the flaps, out completely and raise the surface propulsion.

All these machine nations can make a driver happy. And they do bring in a captain’s talent to the fort. But what if it’s exactly what you want to avoid? What do you do? Well just push this. Auto trim button. Together with navio. Pershing has developed a control management system, for the propulsion and engines. And all the manoeuvres that I’ve done just now. They can all be done automatically. At one thousand and one hundred revs. Speed is twenty knots. And the boat is planning. Consumption is thirteen litres an hour. Generally, all the boats have their maximum efficiency here. IE less consumption per mile. At a speed somewhere between 15 max to 25 knots. You can rent this yacht in the South of France with Arthaud Yachting.

But what about the Pershing? Let’s take a look.

One thousand nine hundred revs and 25 knots consumption. Well it’s gone up a bit obviously. 15 litres per mile. Speed has increased too. We’re at 39 knots and two thousand revs a minute. Consumption it’s an incredible 12 litres per mile. So actually it’s gone down. This yacht is more efficient going faster. Truly a Pershing and a sporty boat. There’s one number I’m used to seeing, when I’m on a Pershing 46. Yup 46 knots here on the speedometer. I’ve tried the Pershing 82. 24 meters long. Four thousand eight hundred and seventy horsepower. And maximum speed 46 knots. I’ve tried the Pershing 62. 19 meters’ worth of boat. Three thousand and forty-six horsepower. Max speed up to 46 knots. Both of these boats have a weight power ratio, of 12 kilometres per hour. But that speed reading is quite extraordinary. Right now we weigh 13 kilos per horsepower. Weight power ratio. The fastest recreational boat, that I’ve tried with similar features. Got up to 42 knots. That’s the challenge then. Let’s see if we can get up that high.

The auto trim is controlling the surface propulsion. And the flaps in fact it’s not using the flaps. And propellers are up. Look at the weight and speed. 41 knots two thousand and two hundred and fifty revs. We’re getting close. 42 knots there we are. And getting faster. 45 knots. But now let’s have a little fun with the flaps. Can I find a better balance manually? Forty-six. Forty-six point one. More than 46 knots. We’ve got a new record. 46 knots with 13 kilos per horsepower.

But it’s not just a question of speed. It’s about comfort too.

At high speed there’s no noise around me. And no vibration. Because this boat is solid. But it’s elastic too. Just like it should be. It’s so comfortable. It’s a pleasure sailing it. The auto trims system works even when you’re turning. In fact, usually when the boat is on the curve, a propeller the outside one tends to be more on the surface. The internal one is deeper in. So the distribution on the engines can be so different. That the boat loses its way a bit. And there might not be so much control. With auto trim though. The engines are more or less weighted equally. And you see I’m not having to correct the trajectory. I’m going along perfectly. But here on the main dashboard there’s another button. It’s got eco written on it. Like this the set-up is made that the boat regulates, minimum consumption. And there’s another button I like. Much more it’s got sport written on it. And I can accelerate right to the maximum.

There’s another test we’ve got to do. When a boat goes so quickly. It needs to be done in a way that is very secure. To verify this. We’re going to take it to the maximum speed. And then suddenly we turn about face. Did you see the incline? The skid it held incredibly. But we didn’t move one degree from the route I programed. Fantastic.