Last September, the historic Ferretti Group brand chose Monaco, the perfect setting for large yachts, to present its latest project, the Pershing 140. The Ferretti Group made this choice for the presentation of its new yacht for reasons undoubtedly connected to the vessel’s size – a overall length of 42 m – but also because this yacht has numerous remarkable elements. It stands out first and foremost for the innovative nature of the shipyard’s design and stylistic choices, as innovation is a characteristic that the yard has embodied decisively over its 30-year history, partly thanks to designer Fulvio De Simoni who has been responsible for the design of every model from 1985 to the present. The new Pershing 140 represents a new direction for the Ferretti Group for other reasons as well, and it is under construction at the group’s Ancona facilities where the group has created high-value steel and aluminium vessels to date. The new Pershing is a new development in numerous different ways – it is currently the largest vessel ever built by the Italian brand, as well as the first with an aluminium hull and superstructure with the use of composite for a few deck elements. These technical details are already substantial for a shipyard that in 30 years of production has always shown a capacity to be innovative, but the yard’s designer and technical office have pushed themselves further to achieve a 140’ yacht capable of enhancing all the values that Pershing has offered its owners so far. These certainly include a design that makes this large yacht immediately identifiable as a Pershing, but it also incorporates brand new stylistic elements which are flawlessly integrated with the sporty, aggressive design which has characterised each model by the shipyard to date. Fulvio de Simoni says: “This flagship is highly innovative, something which has always been in the brand’s DNA. At the same time, we devised changes that were as unobtrusive as possible, preserving the iconic design elements which make every Pershing unmistakable from the very first glance. It is precisely this coherent evolution, befitting a vision of seafaring that embodies great originality every time, which gives the Pershing 140 a brand new style in line with a history that I am proud to be part of.” We asked Fulvio de Simoni to give us a few more details on the genesis of this project, and the response set out considerations which we believe are very important for a fuller understanding. The architect first explained that one of the primary objectives was to maintain a style and proportions typical of an open sport vessel, although the creation of architecture across more decks was already on the cards. As the illustrations show, the objective was achieved very skilfully, providing space for new possibilities when it comes to the exploitation of both open and indoor spaces. Forward, for example, there is a dinette protected by a sliding structure, so that it can be closed during navigation while remaining ready for use in a few moments as soon as the yacht stops. Needless to say, as a raised deck, it is an outstanding location, but most importantly one that enjoys the utmost privacy in all situations, including while relaxing in port. For fans of the aft outdoor dining area, the designers have successfully created a dining area for the first time on this type of vessel that is protected by the side structure, which is higher than normal but connected to the adjoining structures. Other elements introduced for the first time on this type of yacht relate to the care taken with the owner’s accommodation. The owner’s suite has been created on the main deck to guarantee complete privacy, comfort and access to the private outdoor space. However, the architecture of the entire aft section offers new opportunities for use of the spaces, opportunities never before seen on similar boats and capable of offering an extraordinarily large area connecting the fully openable beach club, a few centimetres from the water, with the mezzanine floor housing the wheelhouse and with the upper deck, as well as the furthest forward section of the wheelhouse itself. It is an unusual solution but one that is highly effective in terms of offering possibilities for the use of the stern, which thus has relaxation areas divided up on different levels. Development of the interiors has been entrusted to the architects and designers of the Ferretti Group’s Engineering Department so that the division of the spaces and the décor desired by the owner can be achieved. Numerous proposals already developed by the shipyard’s in-house design office are available to depict the foundation for the customisation chosen by the owner for their boat. The lower deck has four guest suites, three of them VIP suites with a double bed and one with twin beds, all affording extensive space, private bathrooms and a view of the sea with large windows in the hull. The crew also enjoys comfortable spaces particularly suited to long stays on board, with the crew quarters in line with recent legislation and accessible via two different sets of routes so that the privacy of the owner and guests is assured at all times, alongside the service efficiency of the staff. Looking further at the interiors and analysing the plans and render images, the large open space of the main deck is particularly striking, with large glazed surfaces affording copious amounts of natural light.
Outside, as mentioned previously, there are numerous different spaces designed first and foremost to ensure privacy and extensive options for use, but where all of this is particularly worthy of attention is the upper deck, which is integrated with the main deck in an interplay of line that contributes to the soaring lateral effect of this stunning design. Here the space is not just about the available surface area, but more importantly it is distributed between fully uncovered areas and well protected areas, which can be used even when Pershing 140’s powerful performance is exploited to the full. Alberto Galassi, Ferretti Group CEO, had this to say about the project: “In July 2015, we showed the first render images to the owners assembled to celebrate Pershing’s 30th anniversary in Palma de Mallorca and their reaction was the same as mine every time I look at the images of this new flagship: a shiver. It’s what we call the thrill factor within the company, and only Pershing can give it. The press reaction during our Monte Carlo press conference was the same. I am certain that the Pershing 140 will create the biggest thrill in Pershing’s history.” As we have seen from the comments of architect Fulvio de Simoni, the design for this ship was developed to offer the values that Pershing has in its DNA together with comfort and style elements capable of making a real impact on this type of yacht. What we have not yet said is that the entire project was developed with a view to providing all the characteristics that a Pershing owner expects of their yacht. Needless to say, this means performance and therefore keel design. Here, the shipyard has developed completely new waterlines based on consolidated studies with a near-military inspiration. This has made it possible to achieve hydrodynamic results that can ensure high performance as can rightly be expected from a Pershing, but at the same time comfort levels in line with the trends for a 40-m-plus yacht. Owners will be able to choose between three different engine configurations, all from MTU: 4000 M93L 12V engines supplying 3,460 HP for top speeds of up to 24 knots, or 4000 M93L 16V engines supplying 4,613 HP for top speeds of 33 knots, and finally the version with four MTU M94 engines each supplying 2,600 HP, for a top speed of 38 knots. The propulsion type in all these configurations is the hydrojet. This is a project where we have no trouble understanding why it thrills both the designers and the company management, and unquestionably everyone else involved in its creation. Although the design echoes the Pershing tradition, it also bears numerous innovative elements, notably the vertical prow with trim in a typical automotive style with a powerful aesthetic effect. We must admit that when we saw the render images of this yacht for the first time we could barely contain our surprise, then when we started looking at it in detail, we gave in and understood the enthusiasm expressed by everyone at the Ferretti Group and the designer Fulvio de Simoni. We are also eager to see it built and perhaps recognise it at sea from a great distance – because that will certainly be possible.
Pershing 140 technical specifications
|Designer||Fulvio de Simoni / Italprojects and Product Strategy
Committee, Engineering Department – Ferretti Group
|Engines||2 x MTU 4000 M93L 12V, supplying 3,460 HP
or 16V, supplying 4,613 HP, or 4 x MTU M94 supplying 2,600 HP each
|Top speed||24 / 33 / 38 knots respectively|
|Builder||Pershing c/o cantiere CRN Ancona Ferretti Group|