Stern-to mooring is often called Med-mooring because it is so prevalent in that region’s crowded harbors. We’re seeing more of it in new resorts on our shores, though, so the foredeck of the Pershing 80 will be as welcome here as it is there. The U-shape settee will be popular under way, but it really comes into its own when moored. Its folding canopy, which stores away convertible-style, provides shade and privacy. Opposite the settee, just abaft the windlass, is a spacious sun pad that also benefits from the privacy provided by the canopy. More sun lounges and seating are situated aft, and a big stern platform, covering the surface drives, provides space for easy boarding of the RIB and PWC carried in the stern garage.
I was also impressed by the engine room and the crew quarters. The engine room was nicely organized and easily accessible, and had a number of often overlooked areas done right. There were safety cages around the stub shafts between engines and drives; there was an interchangeable dual-pump setup for the fire/bilge system; the exhausts were supported from the engine beds, not the overhead, and the engine room door was watertight, not just gas-tight.
The crew quarters and galley were much more spacious than on many yachts designed and built in Europe, even though the two crew cabins share a head. Outfitting includes Sub-Zero refrigeration, Miele range, oven and dishwasher, and other premium amenities. There was even a real laundry with space to work, not just a small washer/dryer stacked in a locker.
The Pershing 80 is a superb yacht that packs a whole lot of dolce vita, and even more fun, into a package that can be handled by a couple but still can accommodate a captain and mate (or chef) when desired. I was truly sorry to see the day end and couldn’t help stealing a glance back over my shoulder as I headed down the dock. That, my fellow enthusiasts, is what it’s all about.
DISPL.: 139,000 lb.
FUEL: 1,572 gal.
WATER: 343 gal.
DEADRISE: 22 degrees
ENGINE STANDARD: 2 x 2,030 hp MTU 16V 2000 M91 diesels
ENGINES AS TESTED: 2 x 2,345 hp MTU 16V 2000 M93 diesels
PRICE: Upon request
Pershing Yachts, 954-462-5527; www.pershing-yacht.com