52 — By Tim Clark — April
Larger Than Life
|Above and below decks, this express cruiser from Pershing seems to have more of it all.|
It’s the practice of some sculptors to render their figures on a natural scale enlarged by about 15 percent, a shrewd exaggeration that aggrandizes the subject with uncanny subtlety. The statue exists in human terms a viewer can relate to, while it also possesses the force of a thing larger than life. It may seem odd that a day on the Pershing 52 could bring to mind the French sculptor Rodin and the Greek Phidias, but here is a fast cruiser that seems unusually grand. In every direction there is just a bit more than you expect.
Pershings are based on a concept that once demanded limited proportions. Think of some express cruisers and you picture runabouts stuffed with crypt-like interiors and dinettes above deck designed for anorexics. Pershing blew that notion out of the water with its 88-footer, a true Colossus of Memnon. But other boats in the builder’s fleet solve the problem of scale more subtly. The 52 is among them.
Take the accommodations. The 52 sleeps six—not with the help of a curtained midcabin and converted settee but in a master with en suite head with shower forward and a pair of twin-berth cabins aft sharing a full guest head. Hanging lockers, compartments under berths, and hull-side cabinets abound, providing plenty of room for personal gear. The dinette opposite the galley can comfortably seat eight when you unfold its polished cherry table and put to use a pair of stowable stools. To port the well-outfitted galley is designed to become nearly invisible behind the highly varnished cherry found throughout below deck. Its stainless steel sink and two-burner Euro-style Ceran stovetop disappear under hinged sections of cabinetry whose undersides are sheathed in brushed stainless steel. With the Frigo Nautica upright refrigerator/freezer also behind cherry doors and a microwave oven hidden in an overhead cabinet, the galley looks more like a richly paneled bar complementing the seating area. This is an elegant and pragmatic feature on an express cruiser where commonly not a great deal of cooking goes on. For example, the owner of our test boat often likes to run from his slip on Turnberry Isle, north of Miami, over to Bimini to grab lunch.
Most likely that hour would be enjoyed above deck. From the cockpit, the 52’s outsized proportions are most dramatic, and the sense of flowing acreage here has as much to do with design as dimensions. Opposite a wetbar fit with a cold-plate ‘fridge, icemaker, sink, and grill, the port-side dinette forms slightly more than a semicircle around a table that folds to half-size to give the seating a more lounge-like character. Aft of the settee, the 52 really opens up. A sunpad to port of the teak-covered egress to the swim platform is big enough for three, and the teak-soled swim platform, too, is expansive–at four and a half feet long, large enough to carry a RIB.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.