October 8th 2013. By Diane Byrne.

Pershing 82: Sleek and Sexy

Performance and pizzazz never go out of style with the Italian builder Pershing, as proven by the new Pershing 82.

When yacht builders like Pershing retire a model, often the replacement is close in size. With the Pershing 82—which was named one of the 10 Sexiest Power Boats in the World—having replaced the Pershing 80, there’s just a two-foot difference. This, in combination with the sleek styling that Pershing is known for, might have some buyers come to the conclusion that there really aren’t any significant differences.

That would be a mistake. In fact, unlike some other builders who really don’t change much other than colors and soft goods, Pershing has added an extra usable deck up top. There’s also a “now you see it, now you don’t” method of accessing the deck.


Thrilling performance has always been a hallmark of Pershing, and the Pershing 82 does not disappoint. She’ll carve turns and fly through the water at a reported top speed of 45 knots with the standard twin 2,435-hp MTUs. And she’s no slouch at her cruising speed of 38 knots, which should get you from one sandy island to the next in no time.


Most open yachts, including previous Pershing models, have just main- and lower-deck living areas. But the Pershing 82 adds a third one, the sundeck. The Italian builder did a good job of maximizing the alfresco space that makes open yachts  so coveted, without eliminating the sexy styling.


Here is where you can really appreciate the big difference between the Pershing 82 and her predecessor, the Pershing 80. The sundeck encourages owners and guests alike to lounge about and soak up the atmosphere of an anchorage. No need to head below decks for snacks, either. There’s a handy refrigerator concealed in the helm seat.


Rather than build a fixed stairway to the sundeck, Pershing decided on a retractable ladder comprised of carbon fiber. Built with Besenzoni, a leader in the ladder and passerelle markets, the steps flip down only when needed. They retract into the sundeck support, and a hatch closes off the entry overhead.


Not everything about the Pershing 82 vs. the Pershing 80 has changed. You will still find the signature two-level windows in the saloon, for example, and the decided lack of bulkheads separating relaxing, dining, and driving. Though not shown, the full glass doors and panels between the saloon and aft deck can be opened for an indoor-outdoor effect.


Oak paneling is used throughout the Pershing 82, including this master stateroom. The light tone helps enhance the feeling of spaciousness, which comes from the stateroom being full beam. To keep the linear details of the room clean, the television folds down from the overhead.


Note the pocket-like section of the headboard here in the master stateroom, behind the reading light. Pershing decided to create a handy holding place for your favorite nighttime reading material. The pocket, one of two flanking the bed, is part of a full-wall headboard made of leather from Poltrona Frau, a leading Italian firm that has had a long relationship with Pershing.


The standard layout aboard the Pershing 82 includes this forward VIP and two other guest staterooms, fitted with twin beds. The optional arrangement is enticing, retaining the VIP and replacing one of the two twin cabins with a movie/media room. This is a setup that has been gaining in popularity aboard much larger megayachts.


What yacht would be complete without watertoys? The Pershing 82 has a handy tender garage beneath the sunpad, for a RIB (a Williams jet tender is shown here) or a PWC. To help owner-operators or crewmembers in maneuvering the toys, the garage bottom folds down, creating a launch ramp.

Specifications: LOA: 81’11” • Beam: 18’0” • Draft: 4’7” • Displacement: 140,324 lbs. (full load) • Fuel capacity: approx. 1,572 gallons

A new model is often an occasion to try new things, and Pershing has certainly done that with the 82. The addition of the sundeck, a rarity even among far larger open yachts, will appeal to owners and guests who prefer to spend as much time outside as possible when on the water. While Pershing’s continued emphasis on high speed might come as a surprise in these days of ever-rising fuel prices, clearly there are still buyers who enjoy a thrilling ride. And clearly, they’re more concerned about getting around in a craft with abundant creature comforts.

For more information, contact Pershing.

Diane Byrne

Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the daily updated website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she also contributes to Yachts International, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the U.S. Superyacht Association.