Two helm seats grab the captain and mate. I felt secure sitting in them, even when banking into turns at full speed. The engine gauges are in the line of sight, which is important at these high speeds because it eliminates the skipper's need to look down. There is good space at the helm for electronics, including radar and a large chart plotter screen. The vertical wheel and throttles are positioned for comfortable use at all speeds.
The line of sight forward is superb thanks to the one-piece windshield. There is no frame to obstruct the view in front, and two large wipers keep things clear. A rollaway ragtop is affixed to the rigid arch. This area will certainly see more use, even at dockside, than the saloon. It's tough to beat.
Because the 52's engines are well aft, her interior space allows for three staterooms and a nice saloon. The two after staterooms flank the companionway and are mirror images of each other. Two hull ports, a light cherry finish and neutral soft goods keep each of these staterooms light. Each has twin berths and enough space for two people to change their clothes. The portside head with separate shower stall serves both staterooms, and its proximity to the companionway makes it a perfect day head.
Amidships, the U-shape leather settee and stools can host at least six pudgy diners, all of whom will have a nice view through the surrounding portlights. The galley, to port, is a single piece of furniture that masks the microwave, cooktop, refrigerator and freezer.
The master stateroom is forward. There is a little less wood in this area, and I found it a bit more sterile than the rest of the tasteful interior. Still, light streams through its two ports, and a large circular hatch provides more light and ventilation. The master head has a separate shower stall.
Pershing offers an optional crew stateroom, tucked behind the engines. The space includes a single berth and a head. It might be a little tight for this side of the Atlantic, but it should work if you have crew willing to climb into a hole every night. The other option is to make this area a garage for a PWC stowed athwartships. A tender could easily stow on the teak-decked swim platform.
At first glance, the $1.2 million price tag may seem a little higher than that affixed to some boats in the same category, but no other yacht really offers the same combination of quickness and accommodations. It's a tough combination, but Pershing pulls it off with the 52 and has truly carved its own niche in the marketplace.
Contact: Pershing, (305) 637-8885;