Mothers always tell their kids that it is "rude to stare" but when it comes to the Pershing line of boats we can never avoid it. Frankly, we -- along with most of the rest of the nautical world -- view the Pershing design concept with the awe usually reserved for a Donatello sculpture. Few boats on the planet have quite the level of "dock appeal" as does the Pershing line with its signature metallic silver topsides. (Other colors are available). The new Pershing 74 is an evolution of the old 72, and all of the graceful, compelling lines have been kept. But questions always arise in our mind when seeing something so aesthetically beautiful: How functional is she? Is she all show and no go? She looks good at the dock, but can you take her offshore?