It takes only one look at the profile of the P 5X to know it’s a Pershing; sporty lines, racy, raked windshield, and space for seven adults to sunbathe, yes this boat fits nicely into the Italian builder’s stable of performance boats. But it’s also what’s on the inside that counts.
First the performance: The P 5X is a Pershing and as such she is designed to perform. For propulsion packages you have the choice of 1,000-horsepower Cat C12.9s paired to surface drives with auto-trim for a cruising speed of 41 knots, top speed of 45 knots and a range of 290 nm. But Pershing knows surface drives can be intimidating, so the company offers an entirely different running surface to accommodate a pair of 725-horsepower Volvo Penta IPS950s, which should offer a cruising speed of 30 knots, a top speed of 35 knots, and a range of 285 nm.
Both designs take advantage of engines placed far aft. Step through the European-feeling saloon and down a few steps from the helm and you’ll find yourself in a cozy lounge with seating for four adults across from a built-in flatscreen TV. This space feels like a modern South Florida apartment. Across from the lounge is an L-shaped galley with expansive countertop space for meal prep.
The master cabin is full beam with an athwartship berth that makes the most of this large space. A table for two to port adds a nice spot to escape from guests during the day as well.
And while these accomodations might make you think you’re aboard a long-range cruiser, performance and comfort should make this new offering a hot commodity come summer.
Debut: Summer 2016
Whether surface drives or Volvo Penta IPS
there will really be no question of who’s driving the Pershing P 5X.
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- Builder: Pershing
- Model: Pershing P 5X
- Boat Type: Cruiser
- Year: 2016
This article originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.