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The open boats could become in number and in quality the boats of the future: speed, agile,comfortable and cleverly designed for a great audience. We have compared three models between 16 and 18 meters which are already part of the future

Article by
Antonio Bignami


The field of the open boats is surely the one which in the latest years has had a very strong technological and evolutionary spur. The open boats offer more sporting performance than flybridge boats but in the same time there is the tendency to improve and make more comfortable and elegant the inside and outside of these boats that are becoming elegant and sophisticated motoryachts: there is a sort of these factors that have developped new evolutions and future solutions which we will examine in these three main boats. We have chosen three similar boats for lenght, measures, business and boating importance, but completely different in the design. Different first of all in the style and in the intentions, a sort of personalized genetic code for pleasing to a great number of people.

Represents the open boat of the English shipyard Marine Projects of Plymouth and being imported in Italy by real an deep experts of the European boating markets. Sea Fortune team of Lavagna has always shown products of great quality and reliability where elegance and design, excellent accomodation and technological developments of outside space together with great extraordinary performance features which must be read and examined under the light of the excellent ratio quality/price of the boat and first of all thinking of the many and qualified standard equipments. I would say that anyway in the Princess V55 too, as in the other two boats, the designer Bernard Olesinsky has interpreted the conception of open boat as she were a type of boat for next millenium. Cruising in 2000 will see these three boats as protagonists in what could be and we hope it will "the global sea" on which tracing our routes.

Gives more incitation and new suggestions to style and way of living the sea of Pershing. The Cantieri Navali dell'Adriatico carry on playing, with the co-operation of Fulvio De Simoni, the almost prophetic role of innovation and concept of navigation which must and can be in advance of one's time. The first impression on board the Pershing 54 is in fact to find sure and tested style and conceptions, we are on a Pershing 54 and there are no doubts, blood is not water and we could know the desing and building imprints even blindfolded. It is like to choose between Marriott or Hilton for being sure to find the style and the comfort we are used to. But the Pershing case is to partner with the tested background (on its own already new) the inventions and new plus which will be trendy. The overall with a strong research and trial in the field of transmission and propulsion. Pershing 54 has fitted with quiet engines twin Caterpillar 800 hp but also with stronger engines twin MTU 1150 hp.

Represents the tradition applied to the future we are in front of the natural evolution of Uniesse 48, indisputable hull, clean and essential shape and lines with an eye on to the tradition and a professional use of the boat, with an excellent wood craftmanship. This boat made by Uniesse Marine, under the project of Fred Hudson, can surprise and amaze for her performance, "a sword in the sea" fitted with twin Man 800 hp gives speed performance, stability and top comfort.



The English boat imported by Sea Fortune presents at aft a multipurpose electro-hydraulic passerelle, the recessed swimming ladder, the teak swimming platform with a central locker, four side handrails and two teak steps to the cockpit from the transom ( close to the first step we find the shower). From the cockpit we walk through the side decks ( on the left we find water and fuel fillers ) and we find the total pulpit, cleats in the middle and at bow, two elegants handrails, round porthole for the light in the master cabin and two very nice windows for the natural light in the ceiling of the saloon, big foredeck sunbed cushions area, two lockers for anchor and chain, and double station windlass.

The cockpit has a radar arch which is original, quite ingenious and aerodynamic, the deck is in teak and full of lockers and the whole cockpit has got a very large sunbed area with underneath the garage for the dinghy which lifts hydraulically. The U shaped cockpit seating (with lockers under cushions) is quiet big with the table (1,47x0,70 mt) there is a nice and functional wet -bar with refrigerator and icemaker ; the helm seat has got a chart table area with lockers, while under the helm seat there are lockers.

At the helm, with the console laid out in burr-elm, we find a full array of instrumentation and electronics. The cockpit light is given by four spotlights in the radar arch (where are the two hi- fi loudspeakers) on the port side there are two lockers for technical equipments. The engines room access hatch is in the cockpit.

The Princess V55 offers under deck access with a sliding round door and four steps towards the saloon. The natural light is given by twin deck hatches and four opening portholes.

Semicircular settee with folding dining table ( opened measures 1,36x0,68) galley of big dimensions on the left (which can be completely closed), stainless steel sink, combination microwave/ convential oven, refrigerator and freezer, storage cupboards, drawers and lockers.

The owner's cabin at bow offers two wardrobes, drawers, cupboards and storage lockers, a big mirror, overhead and individual berth lights. The en-suite shower has a separate shower cubicle, wc and washbasin, two spotlights and one opening porthole.

The two guest cabins at the aft of the saloon are the same : both of them have got two full-size single berths, wardrobe with shelves, storage lockers and a big mirror in front of the berths.

The guest shower has got a double access from the cabin and the saloon and offers a separate shower cubicle, wc, washbasin, spotlights and one opening porthole.


The swimming teak platform of the Pershing 54 is completely innovative and offers a white spoiler which lengthens the dimensions and agility, the dinghy can be lifted and hauled by the multipurpose passerelle, the swimming ladder is electric, there are the shower, the shore support inlet, two lights and through three steps you reach the cockpit, which, fitted in teak and lighted by four spotlights in the radar arch and by other three spotlights, has marked by a large sunbed area with really nice and shaped suncushions.

The radar arch is let's say " the architectural heart " of the cockpit and is useful for the sun awning ; the central part of the cockpit offers two suncushioned settee ( with a table of 0,80 x 0,90 mt ) with different shape ( one U shape and L shape) with two very functional cabinets. The helm is very elegant and has an electric panel for the electronic instrumentation.

Below there are the saloon and the galley on the starboard; the galley has marked with round shape units, micro-wave, galley worktop, two stainless steel sinks and refrigerator/freezer of big dimension. In the saloon there is a table which can be extended of 1,35 x 0,78 mt, the electric panel is very well structured, we find the weather station, nice cupboards units, twelve spotlights, four opening portholes which give air and light. The forward cabin has lighted by eight spotlights, four reading lights, two opening portholes, and one hatch, has got eight cupboards, radio hi-fi, two small settees and two drawers, besides two wardrobes.

The master bathroom has one opening porthole, four spotlights, wc, washbasin, shower box. The guest cabin on the starboard side of the saloon has two single berths, two opening portholes, two reading lights and four spotlights, two cupboards. The guest headroom is of big dimensions with a shower box, wc, and washbasin, four spotlights and one opening porthole.

Coming out the saloon and walking through the cockpit we find the access to the stern cabin of Pershing 54, beautiful and cosy, with two single berths, a bathroom of good dimensions (with washbasin, wc, porthole,two spotlights and a shower box with a washdryer), five steps in teak, two reading lights, six spotlights, four cupboards, a shaped mirror, elegant and sophisticated, wardrobe, an intriguing and absolutely private alcove.


We begin our examination of Uniesse 57 Open from the interiors, which have the central saloon, the forward owner's cabin and aft of the saloon are two guest cabins at the aft of the saloon.

Below you are immediately struck by the wood craftsmanship of the boat with a particular attention for the surface which is so smooth like velvet. The saloon has lighted by 13 spotlights and two portlights, the table of saloon can be extended and measures 1,25 x 0,70 mt, the U shaped settee with very nice and carefully made materials, a column on the right which incorporates tv, vcr, hi-fi with the electric panel and the weather station.

The galley, built for being completely concealed, has microwave, refrigerator, freezer, cupboards, stainless steel sink, marble worktop, storage, drawers.

In the owner's cabin there is a big room: draers, units, two big wardrobes, six spotlights and two portholes and one hatch. Built-in there is also the tv and hi-fi stereo. On the left there is the forward bathroom with a big shower box, washbasin, mirror, wc, four spotlights and one porthole.

In the guest cabin on the starboard side there are two single berths, two reading lights, one unit,one portlight, four spotlights, one mirror and one wardrobe.

The guest cabin on the portside is a bit lower but very similar to the previous one, instead the guest bathroom (having only one access door) has the separate shower box, wasbasin, wc, one porthole and four spotlights.

Outside the Uniesse 57 Open offers the swimming platform with dinghy supports, manual swimming ladder and two handrails, the multipurpose electro-hydraulic passerelle, the cockpit with double access from the swimming platform. The ladder can be lifted up and allows an easy access t the engine room while aft of the cockpit there two lockers, one shower, a big central lockerwith light 1,20 x 0,80 mt, two units with freezer, sink and four lockers. Forward there is a cabinet with sink, two burners, refrigerator and locker underneath. Another fridge we find at the helm position where there are electronic controls and central compass. On the right there is an U shaped settee with a table of 1,35 x 0,60 mt, a big chart table area and a tinted glass sliding door. At bow we find two handrails, with a foredeck cushion area with a very big pulpit (loa 1,90 x 0,60 mt) with stemhead roller, anchor and chain, windlass and lockers. There is the crew cabin with one berth ( 1,90 x 0,77 mt), washbasin and wc, two units, two portholes, three spotlights and one reading light.