14 May 2021
French builder PRESTIGE maintains a promise that for anyone who steps on board one of their yachts, it feels like home.
It’s a promise that comes from the brand’s anchorage in 30 years of history as well their turn towards the future. In those three decades, PRESTIGE has become a respected and well-known name throughout the power yacht industry with over 4,000 yachts cruising across the globe. Given this focus as well as a priority of a better future, the popularity makes sense.
Relatively new to the Australian Market, PRESTIGE is cleverly positioned in the extremely demanding market of luxury motor yachts and offers a complete model range from 42 to 75 feet – two of the most notable lines being their FLYBRIDGE and S-LINE. Each yacht is designed as a home on the water; a second residence, benefiting from luxury without pretence and excess, and based on the mastery of space and light.
“PRESTIGE offers soft whispered European luxury alongside cutting edge technology,” says PRESTIGE Australian Nationwide Dealer David Beck. “They are truly worthy of consideration when purchasing a luxury powerboat.”
In 2020, PRESTIGE launched a new line of flybridge yachts dedicated to luxury and to the art of living well: the X-Line. The first model of which, the X70, reinventing the expected space and ease of movement on a yacht.
With already one of these new models sold in Australia, the X70 is a contender for a local favourite, the design prioritising space and flow of movement on board. This direction is made possible by using the full width of the yacht, opening space and optimising light.
The saloon of the X70 occupies the full width of the yachts, in turn expanding the exterior space while the cockpit is three times larger than that of a traditional flybridge of the same size. Without barriers, the interior flows onto the exterior.
Another 2020 new arrival is the 420 S-LINE. This new arrival from PRESTIGE Yachts will be shown at the 2021 Sanctuary Cove Boat Show by Sundance Marine. This model, combining both functionality and sport features in 42 feet, is an entry-level model into luxury boating that many others can’t offer in the $1 million price point.
Unique characteristics for this size are the two full-beam cabins that enforce PRESTIGE’s motto of creating a second residence of water. This, combined with a shaft drive, makes the 420 S-LINE catered well for cruising through the waters of the East Coast.
Aligning with recent urgencies, PRESTIGE has adopted a multitude of actions through design and building process – and at many of their partners and suppliers – that create a more sustainable product.
The first design feature that contributes to the overall efficiency of PRESTIGE’s sailing and motorboats is the advanced engineering and development process that focuses on reducing the size of a motor and thus reduced emissions.
This focus is mirrored is PRESTIGE’s use of Volvo IPS technology, the brand being one of the first major shipyards to do so. The combination of these two elements results in a fuel consumption reduction of 25-30 percent compared traditional yachts of the same size.
In regard to the supply chain, PRESTIGE used FSC certified wood in all of its interiors alongside PET foam, derived from recycled plastic bottles, in the core of many of its hulls and decks. Additionally, many of the glass reinforced plastics are injected and infused which reduces the release of volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) during the building process.
The Beneteau Group is also the largest investor in a facility in France that recycles and repurposes boats.