PRESTIGE 60 Elected European
Powerboat of the Year.
In January 2010 the first model in this new
large yachts segment the PRESTIGE 60 was elected European
Powerboat of the Year.
a division of Jeanneau, which is owned by Groupe Beneteau,
builds 8 models of express and sedans from 32’ to 50’. At
the Paris Boat Show this month Jeanneau introduced its new
Prestige 60 motoryacht and at the same time announced the
instigation of a new line for the company – the “Yacht
Division. “ The company plans to build a full line of
motoryachts up to 85’. Jeanneau has long been famous in the
U.S. for its sailboat line, but in fact it has been building
powerboats since its inception in 1959. Jeanneau has been
quietly selling powerboats in the U.S. for a number of
years, but now with the introduction of the Prestige 60,
American boat builders will have to start taking this brand
seriously , because -- based on what we see -- American
consumers surely will. To us it is a sea-change for Jeanneau
Jeanneau Prestige 60 (2010-)
Jeanneau Prestige 60 (2010-)
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Jeanneau Prestige 60 (2010-) Captain's Report
The French builder Jeanneau has introduced
the new Prestige 60 to the world’s yachtsmen at the Paris
Boat Show two weeks ago. If the past is prelude, everyone
should take notice.
This is perhaps the most innovative saloon design you are
likely to see this year in a 60-something motoryacht. The
galley is aft to port, formal dining can be to port or to
starboard as seen in this drawing.
The Main Deck
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a saloon that is this
open and uncluttered. The glass is everywhere making
visibility from the lower helm, and for the onboard guests,
stunning. More than that, the space can be transformed from
a saloon that can comfortably seat a dozen people on two
large sofas and a love seat, to one that can easily seat
eight people for a formal dinner. This neat trick has been
made possible by high/low table that expands in size as well
as going up and down. This is a fairly new concept in
motoryacht design, and watch for more builders to adopt it.
If there were a better way to get this
much natural light in to a main saloon, we aren’t aware
of it. Look at the great visibility 360-degrees from the
lower helm. This layout makes a saloon as large as on an
90-footer for conversation, hanging out, a cocktail
party, or watching a bowl game.
It is now evening and time for a formal
dinner. Raise the coffee table and break out three
collapsible design chairs and you can seat eight. Not
only that, but there is plenty of room for serving.
There are different furniture
arrangements and color schemes available. Note that in
this picture the starboard sofa is used for dining
instead of the port one in the photo above. Take your
Main saloons rarely get us too excited, but this one
does. The reason is that it is terrifically versatile
allowing different owners to use the space in different
ways. Best of all, with the large windows the saloon is
open and airy.
We like the stand-up refer/freezer and
all of the counter space. It seems everything in this
boat serves double duty, and the galley is no exception.
The Remarkable Galley
Prestige took the galley-up-or-galley-down argument in a
new direction – they put the galley aft! We’ve seen this
done on large convertibles used for sportfishing and it
works very well. However, this is one of the first times
we have seen it on a cruising flushdeck motoryacht and
we think that it makes just as much sense. This layout
is remarkable coming from a French builder because it
breaks the long-held European taboo of having a galley
open to the living areas of a boat. Historically,
galleys in fine European boats have been small and
closed-off to keep both the unsightliness of it, and the
working staff, away from the easily-offended
sensibilities of the guests.
This is not only a major motoryacht layout change in
this class of vessel, but it also seems to be a change
in European social philosophy. While this boat will
undoubtedly be an owner/operator boat in North America,
there are crew quarters and we suspect that European
owners will use them.
By placing the galley between the aft deck and the
formal inside dining area, it is strategically placed
for either Mom, a chef, or a stew to serve the table.
The counter/bar in the galley and the console on the
starboard side opposite, can both be used as buffet
sideboards. We love the Island in the galley because it
also makes into a bar for cocktails or place for a
sandwich. The woodwork looks exceptional. Notice how the
overhead cabinets are hinged at the top and open from
If there were ever an argument for a
double wide helm seat, this is it. We feel that all
large yachts should have two people at the con. Those
are dual 14” displays.
Note how the retractable sun shade
extends from the overhead providing extra protection for
people seated on the aft deck. We’d like to see the
passerelle retract into the deck. Notice the dual
wraping windlasses on the covering boards in the stern
quarters, staples of the med moor. The platform can be
fitted with hydraulics for lowering a tender.
A three stateroom layout, each with en
suite heads, plus room for two crew in the stern. Look
at the size of this engine room which is not bad, given
the size of the boat.
The Accommodations Deck
There are comfortable accommodations for six plus crew,
all staterooms are ensuite. The master is full beam, and
the master head features dual basins. (Please note that
European bidet has been eliminated.) The master berth is
located on the centerline, where it should be. A
desk/vanity combo lies to port, and a sofa lies to
starboard, directly in front of the large hull
portlights. The berth, and deck to either side, is a
mere step up from the main deck as you enter this suite.
This makes it that much easier to get into the berth,
and improves sightlines out the hull side windows, while
still providing ample storage underneath.
Notice how the deck is raised around the
master berth. The desk to the right converts into a
vanity. The sofa to the left gives a great view out the
hull side portlight.
The Prestige 60 has a beam of 16’8” (5.10 m) and the
designers have cleverly worked with this width by
putting the guest cabin opposite the master head. In
this way they were able to maximize the width of the
guest beds. Likewise, further forward Jeanneau has
placed the two heads in the same sections of the hull to
allow room for a passageway.
The VIP stateroom lies forward, and features a
centerline mounted island berth with ample storage to
the sides and beneath. There are two hanging lockers and
direct access to the private head.
The VIP stateroom with its centerline
mounted double berth, large windows and ample storage.
The third stateroom features twin single berths that
easily convert to a large double. This stateroom also
gets large portlights, with opening portlights and
access to a private head.
The helm console is on the centerline and
the wheel is set slightly to port improving visibility
for docking and med mooring because the skipper can see
through the open stairway to port. To port of the helm
and in front of it is a huge bunny pad.
The Flying Bridge
Here is a sun worshipper’s dream boat. The center
console helm is surrounded on three sides by sun pads
and an aft facing sun lounge to port. This flying bridge
was obviously designed for the French Riviera where a
cruise typically consists of a 10 o’clock departure from
a marina and a 10:30 anchor down by a nearby beach for a
day of sunning, swimming, reading, play, eating and more
sunning. If you have ever wondered why wealthy Europeans
are always so tanned, now you know.
The helm seat is double wide, and the forward sunpad
hides a storage locker and even storage for a life raft.
The radar arch not only looks great on this boat, but it
serves its primary function to support the antennae
array as well as a Bimini top. Abaft the helm seat is a
console that conceals a grill and sink. The refrigerator
is to starboard, and abaft that is the L-shaped lounge
with dining table and storage below including storage
for another life raft.
Notice the stainless rails around the aft
dining area as well as around the inside of the
windshield. This is good yacht-building practice.
We don’t know how Americans will react to the acre or so
of bunny pads on the bridge, particularly the one in
front of the helm. Our sense is that Americans buying a
60-foot motoryacht are going to be in their 50s or older
and are more concerned with staying out of the sun than
they are staying in it. The concept of Safe Sun has
obviously not reached the Riviera yet.
The Prestige 60 has a LOA of 63’11” (19.5 m), a beam of
beam of 16’8” (5.1 m), and a draft with dual pods of
4’3” (1.32 m). She has an empty weight of 52,029 lbs
(23,600 kg), carries 741 gallons (2800 L) of fuel and
212 gallons (800 L) of water, and is powered by a pair
of 700-hp Volvo IPS900 engines.
If this is the first in the line of yachts that Prestige
intends to build up to 85', then it looks like the goal
of combining cruising and luxury has been met with
typically Gallic élan. While we didn’t have pricing for
this yacht, it should be competitive, particularly in
the U.S. where Jeanneau has had very seductive pricing
for several years. We’ll be watching closely, and with
much anticipation, as Jeanneau’s new models start coming
off the line.