Best of the Best 2005: Production Yachts

With one 27-foot leap—from its previously largest 88-foot model to its latest 115-footer—Pershing (a division of the Ferretti Group) advanced from a prominent builder of open sport yachts to a player in the megayacht field. Confirmation of Pershing’s elevated status came in October at the Genoa International Boat Show, where the express cruiser was honored for its interior design. Indeed, to ensure that the counters were the proper heights and that the widths of the hallways and the heights of the  overheads were perfect, Pershing constructed a complete mock-up of the interior before it began building the boat.

On the main deck, the glass bridge is conveniently located amidships and equipped with three helm chairs. The salon and informal dining area are just aft. Between the main and lower decks is a mezzanine level that distinguishes the 115 from other express yachts. On the first 115 the space served as a plasma screen–equipped media room, but it could also be designed as an office or as a guest cabin. Below the mezzanine are four en suite staterooms and the full-beam owner’s suite, which is located amidships.

While the Pershing’s interior may be reminiscent of a luxury yacht, the vessel also includes the features that you expect to find on an express cruiser. A foredeck settee table converts into a sun pad protected by a sliding Bimini top. The upper sunbathing deck is designed to guarantee complete privacy. A 14-foot tender is stored in the transom, and the foredeck’s clamshell garage holds two PWCs.

 The 115 can be powered by two 3,700 hp, 16-valve MTU diesels coupled to Kamewa Rolls-Royce water jets that deliver a top speed of 48 mph and enable the boat to accelerate from zero to its 44 mph cruising speed in 25 seconds. The optional 5,100 hp Textron Lycoming turbine raises the top speed to 63 mph and adds about 3 million euros to the base price of 13 million euros, which will vary greatly depending on the interior styling.


Pershing, 954.525.4550, www.pershing-yacht.com


Viewer Ship

With six square portholes grouped together on both sides of the hull, the full-beam master suite of the Azimut 86S offers ocean views that surpass those of perhaps any seaside resort. But these windows on the water are not the $4.9 million Italian vessel’s only alluring features. Three more staterooms are forward of the master suite, which is furnished with a queen-size bed, a lounge, and a desk. The crew quarters and galley are located aft, separating the guests’ accommodations from the engine room. A three-seat helm and a saloon with a pop-up plasma screen are on the main deck, beneath the retractable hard top. A tender and PWC are stowed in the transom garage. The standard Arneson Drives will push the yacht to a top speed of 52 mph.

Azimut, +39.011.93161, www.azimutyachts.net

Jet Dream

The Hinckley Talaria T55 jet boat breaks the semicustom line’s 50-foot barrier, and anyone wishing to do the ditch in style is going to be happier for it. Along with the expected quality joinery and finish, the Maine boatbuilder offers four options for the interior: a twin cabin, a stateroom, a dinette, or an office, all located to starboard. Each configuration also features a forward en suite stateroom with a walk-around queen-size berth and a writing desk. An optional flybridge will add an additional helm station and an alfresco entertaining platform atop the enclosed pilothouse/saloon.


Hinckley’s JetStick integrates the operation of the bow thruster with the Hamilton water jets, allowing you to control the boat with one hand. The standard pair of 800 hp Caterpillar diesels provide a cruising speed of 30 mph, a top speed of 38 mph, and a range of 473 miles.


Hinckley offers lifetime warranties on the hull and deck, which are constructed of Kevlar and carbon fiber bonded using the SCRIMP infusion process. Fully optioned, the T55’s base price is just under $2.1 million. “But,” says Ed Roberts, Hinckley’s vice president of product development and marketing, “everyone adds something.”

Hinckley, 207.244.5531, www.hinckleyyachts.com


Thrill of the Hunt


The English builder’s largest open yacht can achieve 48 mph when powered by a trio of 2,000 hp, 16-valve MTU engines turning Arneson Surface–piercing drives. The standard twin engine with tunnel drives, which places the Predator’s base price at $9.6 million, is only slightly more docile.

Below are a VIP cabin, two guest cabins, and a master-suite amidships off a lower salon. Enclosed by mirrored, curved sliders, the dining room, saloon, and granite-topped bar share the main-deck space with the four-seat bridge. The space is covered by a 10-foot-high, 100-square-foot retractable hard top that, when opened, lets in only sunlight, not the breeze, even when the boat is cruising at 37 mph.

Sunseeker, +44.1202.381111, www.sunseeker.com

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