65 — By Capt. Ken Kreisler — February 2000
Going the Distance
|Part 2: Power, performance, luxury, and comfort|
To begin with, her single-level accommodations include a well-appointed, three-stateroom layout with a VIP forward, double berth aft and to port of the VIP, and a master suite fully aft. The former and latter have en suite heads while a day head in the saloon serves the double-berth stateroom. All heads feature solid marble countertops and teak soles. The saloon surprises you with 7'4" headroom, a dramatic oculus port overhead, and a round shape. This combination makes for an entertainment area that appears much larger than it is. A starboard galley is hidden behind varnished teak cabinetry that on first glance appears to be finely crafted furniture. That is it did until I raised a hinged cover to reveal a solid-marble countertop housing the two-burner electric Bosch stovetop and stainless steel sink, opened the cabinet that contained the standard microwave oven, and discovered the two beautiful doors that conceal the stainless steel-lined refrigerator/freezer.
More surprises awaited me topsides. The helm/entertainment area can easily accommodate 10 people. In addition to the two benchseats to either side, there is a circular settee aft and to port and another to starboard just behind the helm seat. The helm offers excellent visibility on all points due to those aforementioned large windows. Push one button and the instrument pod disappears into the console; push another and the large overhead opens.
Covering most of the aft section (except for a two-foot-wide, teak-soled walkway to the swim platform) is an enormous sunpad that conceals several huge stowage compartments. The largest compartment opens electrically and holds an 800-pound-capacity Besenzoni davit and a PWC. Another hatch leads to the engine room, where de Simoni’s design team took full advantage of the extra room afforded by the aft engine placement. The result is a workable area for any captain. I measured 5'10" headroom and enough space to make performing maintenance on the 3412Es quick and simple.
Corbett and Datson both made a point of informing me that the Pershing 65 is fully found, and that options are, well, not an option. "The PWC and a watermaker, which we have the boat already plumbed for, are about the only extras I can think of," Corbett said. "Everything you see aboard is standard."
After my time aboard, I’d say "everything" includes power, performance, luxury, and comfort. And after experiencing how well the 65 handled those seas, it’s not too hard to imagine taking her out for an extended cruising adventure and going the distance whatever comes her way.
Pershing of America Phone: (954) 527-5940. Fax: (954) 527-5809. www.pershing-yacht.com.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.