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  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.

Prestige Yachts, 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 powerboats.

Specifications

Jeanneau Prestige 60 (2010-) Specifications

Length Overall

63' 11''
19.50 m

Dry Weight

52,029 lbs.
23,600 kg

Beam

16'8''
5.10 m

Fuel Cap

741 gal.
2,800 L

Draft

4'3''
1.32 m

Water Cap

212 gal.
800 L

Deadrise/Transom

N/A

Bridge Clearance

N/A

Max Headroom

N/A

 

Engine Options

Jeanneau Prestige 60 (2010-) Engine options

Std. Power

2 x Volvo IPS 900 2 x 700 cv/hp

Tested Power

Currently no test numbers

Opt. Power

Not Available

 

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 pick!

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 the bottom.



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 the
de rigour 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.

VIP Stateroom

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.

Specifications

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.

 

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