The Pershing 45 is a 47-foot open sports yacht that was launched by the Ferretti-owned Italian yacht-building firm Pershing back in 2001. An updated version of the iconic 45 model from the mid-80s, this super-sleek yacht impresses at profile with an ultra-fine bow, a forward-leaning radar arch, clean lines and cresting wave cockpit glazing. Powerful engines and Pershing’s signature Italian flair for design combine to make this vessel an enduringly popular option on the used and charter markets to this day.
The foredeck on this model is broad enough for a double-width, marina-facing sunpad, safely enclosed by high, stainless-steel guardrails running along the sides. To the rear, meanwhile, you will find a four-pad leather sunbed with views out across the stern, that is sure to be packed to capacity with sunworshippers working on their tan. This sunbed connects to an extending passarelle, and sits above a double-length, full-beam, teak-lined bathing platform that can be used both for warm-water swimming jaunts and for tender storage.
The cockpit on this vessel comes lined in either non-slip fiberglass or authentic teak and can be covered with a Bimini roof should you require additional shelter. There is a large, U-shaped sofa to the rear that surrounds a hydraulically-operated pop-up cocktail table that can be extended should you wish to use it for meals. There are also a pair of super-comfortable helm chairs in here, facing a starboard-side dashboard featuring trim tab indicators, thruster controls, a Ritchie compass, Garmin or Raymarine instrumentation, VHF radio, a joystick and autopilot. The whole cockpit benefits from wrap-around glazing to protect from spray or unwelcome sea breezes, as well as an on-deck wet-bar station with a grill, chilled storage, an ice-chipper and a sink.
There is a surprising amount of living space down on the lower deck, where glazed cherry wood surrounds, leather or vinyl upholstered furnishings, carpeted floors and mood lighting create a sophisticated and sedate atmosphere. Lower-deck rooms also feature opening oval-portholes, a Pershing innovation that has since spread to the rest of the yachting industry. The salon boasts a U-shaped off-white sofa, overhead lockers, a triangular timber table that can be extended, a pair of stools and access to a galley with a microwave, a two-zone hob, a fridge-freezer unit and an optional cooker. Though many yachts in this class typically offer an open sleeping space here or a snug room there, the Pershing 45 manages to fit in two private cabins on this level, with a double room to the bow and a spacious twin to aft. There is also a main head on this level with a porcelain sink and a circular shower stall.
A pair of 610MHP MAN diesel engines prompt top speeds of around 32 knots with cruising speeds in the high 20 knot range, while this yacht’s V-hull with an 18-degree transom deadrise proves incredibly nimble across both coastal and inland waters.