Its carbon fiber hull is an eye-pleaser, but an exclusive audio feature is sure to have folks saying, "Huh?"
Imagine you are diving in a pleasant setting. A reef full of colorful fish is just beyond your mask, an eel pokes its head from a crevice, a turtle drifts by, music reaches your ears and soundtracks your dive. Wait. Music? Yep, the Pershing 8X hull can transmit music. Called Music Hull, the system was created by the Ferretti Group engineering department and Videoworks and can turn the 83-foot, 10-inch hull into a loudspeaker that transforms the underwater sphere into a concert arena. ABBA and the anemones.
Another feature that sets the 8X apart from most other yachts in its segment is its composition. It’s built of carbon fiber, a material that’s light and strong and leads to gains in speed and fuel efficiency. A few builders are utilizing carbon fiber, and more will follow.
Sleek, sporty and powerful, the Pershing 8X can reach almost 50 knots with upgraded twin MTU 16V 2000 M96L diesels, each providing 2,638 hp. Standard power comes from twin MTU 16V 2000 M96 engines with 2,435 hp. The 8X tops out at 45 knots and cruises at 38 with those powerplants.
Owners can choose a three- or four-stateroom layout — a full-beam master is standard in both configurations — with three heads. A lower salon can replace the fourth stateroom. The galley is belowdecks and aft of the accommodations, near the crew quarters. On the main deck, a salon (aft), a dining area (middle) and a triple-seat helm (forward) fill the well-lit space. Pershing designers even found a way to include a sunroof above the helm, forward of the flybridge.
Outdoor spaces on the Pershing 8X include a large cockpit with two settees and a triple sunpad, a bow that features a settee with chaise-like ends and another multiple-person sun lounge, and a flybridge with yet another sun lounge, a settee and a triple-seat helm (either a bench or individual chairs).