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Nautica Magazine
n. 436, august 1998

Cantieri Navali dell'Adriatico

Pershing 65

Most probably, one of the secrets of the success of the Pershing boats, born from the fortunate collaboration of Fulvio De Simoni with the Cantieri Navali dell'Adriatico, lies in the genially creative ability of the designer and the renovating capacity of the yard. Each Pershing boat is similar in style and comfort, yet each one represents a point of reference for yacht design.

The latest Pershing 65 includes new details that may be used for open boats of the third millennium. The outside line is similar to a "spade" that cuts through the air and the sea and that, most probably, reaches in this 65 footer a definitive level of perfection. It is quite difficult to talk about this boat without having been bewitched. The logical, natural yet futuristic design that links shapes, spaces and fittings is evident: the hard top, the side windows, the wing-like shape of the roll bar, the aft sunning area with the innovative cushioned sunpads.

The aft platform is connected to the cockpit by means of steps that may be used as additional platforms and the cockpit setup and shape are very similar to those of bigger boats with flying bridge or with an all-weather sun deck. The above-mentioned characteristics and smaller details suggest how yacht design evolved thanks to boats like this one. The Pershing 65 also offers a renovated interior layout highlighted by a bold choice of colors and elegant and innovative solutions and furnishing.

The Pershing style represents a sort of love proposal for comfort and privacy, wanting to offer the maximum ever and always. Last but not least is the "heart" of the boat that beats inside her hull: 2,700 hp Caterpillar with ASD 12L stern drive. The Cantieri Navali dell'Adriatico worked out the best and most innovative solution for transmission and propulsion. This boat and her performance (with a maximum speed of 49 knots and a cruising speed of 42 knots) show that her successful appreciation by a very demanding and competent clientele does not occur by chance.


Designer: Fulvio De Simoni
Yard: Cantieri Navali dell'Adriatico, Viale Marche 2/4; 61040 Castelvecchio di Monteporzio (PS); tel. +39-0721-955721, fax +39-0721-955784
Certification: ECC A category
Gross tonnage: 53.38 t
Italian VAT: 20%
LOA: 57'3"
Beam: 16"
Depth: 9'10"
Draft from lower tip of propellers: 3'1"
Light displacement: 52,980 lbs.
Full boat displacement: 61,810 lbs.
Maximum passengers capacity: 16
Berths: 6+2 in four cabins
Power: 2x1.350 hp Caterpillar 3412 C TTA inboard turbo diesel
Total installed power: 2,700 hp
Total engines and reduction gears weight: 10,153 lbs.
Light displacement/installed power ratio: 9.26
Type of transmission: surface piercing propellers with Arneson ASD 12L
Maximum declared speed at 2,400 rpm's: 49 knots
Cruising speed at 2,080 rpm's: 42 knots
Declared fuel consumption at cruising speed: 79 gallons
Range at cruising speed: 420 miles
Fuel capacity: 792 gallons
Freshwater capacity: 211 gallons
Price with standard equipment and test boat power: Lit. 2,860,000,000 ex VAT.


Hull: planing V-hull
Hull construction material: reinforced fiberglass
Deck materials and characteristics: sandwich reinforced fiberglass
Bow area: pulpit, anchor fitting and anchor chain, windlass with two remote stations, two lockers, two hatches, cushioned sunning area, painted light alloy rails at deck level, mooring bitts and fairleads, amidships covered bitts
Cockpit arrangements and fittings: teak deck, to starboard there is the helm station with pilot and co-pilot settee, to port there is the chart table with two seats. To starboard there are a cabinet with incorporated sink, a griddle and a refrigerator with freezer in the upper compartment (everything is concealed when not in use) plus lower compartments. To port there is the U-shaped dinette with table. Aft, there are the cockpit, an ample cushioned sunning area and settee, two mooring bitts, fairleads, two 500- watt windlasses, passage to the aft platform and access to the crew cabin via a locker
Characteristics of the aft platform: teak deck with hydraulic swimming ladder that is concealed when not in use, dockside electric connection and shower with hot/cold water mixer, multi-functional hydroelectric gangway that is concealed when not in use, 10'5" long tender with a 25 hp outboard engine on cradle with hoist for haulage and launching by means of a gangway
Superstructures and windows materials: anodized light alloy fittings, windows in tempered glass.


Layout and characteristics: central main salon with galley to starboard and opposite, to port, dinette with table, forward owner's stateroom with double bed with en suite bathroom with shower stall. The VIP cabin is to starboard, aft of the galley, with twin beds, en suite bathroom with shower stall. Access to the aft crew cabin is via the cockpit; the cabin includes overlapping berths and bathroom. Wood paneling is in marine plywood with glossy lacquered finishing; upholstery and lining are on request
Helm station in cockpit: with hydraulic power wheel steering, hydraulic throttle and reversing gear levers, full instruments, engine and flaps indicators, magnetic compass for high speed, rudder angle indicator, electrically opened electronic instrument panel, GPS echo-sounder, Navionics plotter LCD 11 Plus plotter, Navicontrol AP 303 Plus auto-pilot, VHF Shipmate 8300 RS with two operating stations, MD 3404 24-mile Koden radar
Chart table: chart table is to port of the helm station with settee that seats two - Galley: to starboard of the companionway, with large marble worktop, two stainless steel sinks, ceramic hobs, cupboards and cabinets and freezer/refrigerator to port.


Standard fittings: in addition to the fittings listed in the Technical Data section, the boat includes air conditioners in all cabins, hydraulic flaps, 37-gallon freezer/refrigerator in the galley and a 21-gallon refrigerator on deck, 8 kW generating set, dinette and cockpit stereo and CD player, complete weather station, multi-standard color TV set and VCR, bow thruster.


Wind: none
Sea: calm

Time needed to reach planing speed: 12-13 seconds
Minimum planing speed at 1,600 rpm's: 18 knots
Maximum speed at 2,400 rpm's: 49 knots with 2,700 hp


Seakeeping ability, turning and behavior on waves: thanks to the Cantieri Navali dell'Adriatico's experience in hull design, transmission and boat balance, the special hull shape, the use of surface-piercing propellers and the perfect distribution of loads make the Pershing 65 a very stable and comfortable boat in all sea conditions and in all types of maneuvers
Wheel and flap response: all systems and devices immediately and precisely respond to all variations and corrections
Visibility in different weather conditions: excellent - Docking maneuverability: excellent.


Deck: very easy access and with innovative and rational solutions
Cockpit: very comfortable with luxurious arrangements. The cockpit may be likened to a deck salon, to a "yacht gazebo"
Interiors: elegant, ample and very comfortable: the galley and the VIP stateroom to port are beautiful
Passengers' comfort: excellent
Chart table: very ample with a comfortable settee
Galley: very innovative and with beautiful aesthetics; top quality and functional household appliances and components
Bathrooms: of suitable size, all bathrooms include shower stall
Engine room: the engine room is of adequate size, access is a bit small
Electrical switchboard and plants: the electrical switchboard is very ample and adequate, it is fitted to starboard of the companionway, aft of the galley. Electrical plants are of excellent quality.