The Pershing 92 is very much an international star, Italian-built but clearly as at home in the Americas and Caribbean as she is in the Mediterranean. She is built to a European electrical standard but has converters for U.S. shore power, as well as dual receptacles to handle locally purchased appliances, whether here or abroad. She also is fitted with extra air-conditioning for comfort in Southern waters. When I raised the question of building to Euro standards with U.S. converters vs. building to U.S. standards, Justin Blue, Pershing’s stateside program manager, was quick to respond. He quoted convincing figures on the percentages of yachts in this category making seasonal treks between the waters of the United States or the Caribbean and the Med, both for the owner’s use and to follow the charter trade. Thus, it makes sense that such a yacht, for maximum utility, should have the capability to operate without restrictions in both areas.
Evidence of that international flavor was on full display in the belowdecks galley, at the stern and just forward of the engine room. The galley also serves as the crew’s mess and lounge, convenient to their two cabins, each with en suite head, and is one of the most stylish yet functional arrangements I have come across in a yacht of this size. The complete suite of high-end Miele appliances includes a full-size washer and dryer, oven, cooktop, dishwasher and full-height refrigerator. There are also half-height Miele freezer drawers paired with matching Ernestomeda drawers and cabinets. The drawers open easily and close securely with intuitive recessed latches hidden in between the upper and lower cabinets. Stainless-steel fiddles help keep food on the countertops and off the deck.
Just abaft the galley and easily entered through a watertight door is the engine room. Even with the two big MTU engines and a recess at the top for stowing the tender, everything is reasonably accessible, save a part of the starboard side where the shore-power cable bin intrudes a bit. Routine maintenance is still a snap, though, and for major work, there’s a soft patch over the two 20kW generators The tender’s stowage compartment lifts off completely too.
Pershing’s commitment to choosing the best supplier for each piece of equipment is nowhere more evident than in the lower helm seats, which are a cooperative effort by two specialist companies. Besenzoni manufactured the solid and reliable mechanical components, while Poltrona Frau styled and fabricated the upholstered portions of the seats. Besenzoni also built the passerelle and the two easy-opening pantograph doors to the side decks. Much of the remainder of the interior decor is also by Poltrona Frau, which, like Pershing, is an Italian company with a significant presence in the United States. The company’s website opens with the words “timeless elegance,” and that’s what was apparent throughout the yacht’s interior. Modern and attractive yet eminently functional, the salon and dining area lie just abaft the helm. The salon boasts a spacious area of seating to starboard, with a large L-shape settee and a couple of loose ottomans to provide some flexibility in seating arrangements. A cabinet along the port side houses a pop-up flatscreen TV. The dining area is defined not just by its higher overhead, but by its 45-degree offset arrangement, which parallels the stairway to the guest accommodations forward. An option that incorporates a bar is not yet finalized but should be available on future orders.
Our test boat had the standard arrangement of four staterooms for guests, but an option offers a lower lounge or office in place of the second twin cabin to starboard. Each of the twin cabins on the test boat included pullman berths, and with the largest of the staterooms in the bow and the amidships master, brought the sleeping capacity to 10. Both of the larger staterooms had berths mounted on central recessed supports so that the soft underlighting made them appear to float in space. That lighting, by the way, along with the nicely recessed overhead lighting , is provided by strings of low-wattage LEDs. They are more power-savvy than incandescent light ropes and are safer, because they’re less prone to developing hot spots.