Brokerage: Pershing 80

The Pershing 80 is a 50-knot, supersized express cruiser.

The Pershing 80 we got aboard in 2011—powered with optional 2,345 hp MTU diesels—made 30 knots at cruise speed.Courtesy Pershing

The Pershing 80 is a vessel that scratches the itch for owners seeking a luxury yacht with performance at its core. Power for the 80 was either 2,030 hp or 2,345 hp MTU diesels paired to surface drives. Opening the windows and retractable roof, and dropping the salon doors under the deck, created a mega-size center-console feeling.

Belowdecks, three- or four-stateroom layouts were available. Both included a full-beam master stateroom amidships with a king-size berth.

At press time, there were eight Pershing 80s on the brokerage market, ranging from $1.9 to $2.5 million.

From the Archive

“Like all Pershings, the yacht is propelled by surface drives. I first learned to handle surface drives aboard a Pershing back in the days when that was no mean feat, but operation is a lot easier now, thanks to advances in drives, props and controls. With a 40 percent fuel load and full water tanks, and temperatures that had climbed into the 80s, we topped out just a touch above 46 knots. With a lighter load, the builder has seen 50 knots.” —Yachting, July 2011