February 2, 2016

Project: Pershing 5X

After many years we see Pershing coming to the sub sixty feet sizes with a total new project, the 5x. I remind to my readers that the last new project in this size from Pershing was the 56 from 2005, which later on became the 58 and today is the 62. The 5x is an innovative departure for Pershing which takes design cues from the much acclaimed and best selling 2014 introduced 70, and brings them in a smaller package of 54 feet length-over-all.  The 5x will also bring some first not only for Pershing but for all the Ferretti Group, with the 5x being available with Volvo IPS pod drives, along with the usual high performance surface drives option.  Yes it has been ten years plus since 2005, when IPS was presented to the public and Ferretti Group publicly never showed interest in the forward looking pod system. Honestly this is a curious turn of events, and will be interesting if we see more Ferretti Group boats with IPS pod drives from now on.  The Pershing 5x will have a one layout of two double cabins, including a full beam midships owners cabin, and VIP suite to fore. In between the cabins is a C-shaped dinette to port side, and L-shaped galley opposite.  So far the 5x is offered in a two cabins layout, but seeing the main deck is of the enclosed or fully open hydraulic variant, I think it would be easy for Pershing to offer a third cabin option albeit small in replacement of the dinette below.  From the layout rendering I can see the Pershing 5x feeling bigger to what actually she is, especially when looking or coming from aft, with an interesting large yacht feel coming from the aft-deck going to the side deck up until midships. As this whole area will be of a flat deck format, no steps.  Now performance numbers, the Volvo IPS will have the 725hp units and will give 35 knots max speed and 30 cruise.  Cat surface drives option will be of 1000hp and give a 45 knots top speed to the 25 ton Pershing 5x.

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