The French builder also announced record sales of its new 420 flybridge model at Düsseldorf

Prestige X line 70

The Prestige X70 will undergo sea trials in August

Prestige Yachts released more details on its new X line at the Düsseldorf Boat Show on the weekend, while also announcing record sales of its 420 flybridge model which had its debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival last September.

Erwin Bamps, general manager of Prestige, told IBI: “Since the Cannes boat show last year, the new Prestige 420 has become our fastest-ever selling boat in the 30-year history of the Prestige brand, a period where we have produced 4,000 boats. This reinforces our market position as global leader in 2019 in terms of unit sales in the flybridge sector from 40ft-60ft.

“The 420 is the latest model in our range and represents the core values of the brand, offering an incredible quality of life aboard a boat of this size,” he said. ”Her bold, elegant lines are signatures of Garroni design studio.”

The 420 boasts a V-Drive propulsion system that ensures perfect balance due to the centralisation of weight with multiple engine possibilities (2 x 380hp or 2 x 425hp) using a V-drive propulsion system to give weight distribution and balance.

Discussing the launch of the new X line range, Bamps said the brand has a clear focus on family boating developed over the last 30 years. ”My team has been analysing how people will use yachts in the future, which has led to the development of the new Prestige X line. The X line takes Prestige into the over-60ft size category, being developed with the idea in mind that boaters are looking for more space and light on board and want to use boats differently than in the past with more emphasis on outside space. The X line will have big sliding windows and the front deck and flybridge will be connected with two access points for the flybridge.”

Director of product marketing Erik Stromberg revealed more details. “The X line will become third family of the Prestige brand complimenting the existing Flybridge and S line ranges,” he said. “The X70 redefines space, light and luxury by moving the side decks to the flybridge enhancing circulation and optimising room on the main deck. Redistribution and blending together of interior and exterior living spaces greatly increases the size of the cockpit and ensures entertainment areas flow throughout the vessel.

”In addition, there is a beach club fully integrated into the aft platform providing further entertainment space and proximity to the water. Over the next few years, this state-of-the-art motoryacht will be joined by smaller and larger models to complement the X-line range.”

Questioned about the pricing of the X70, Stromberg said: “Pricing will be in the mid-range of the 70ft flybridge yacht market.”

IBI also met with Prestige Yachts designer Camillo Garroni from Garroni Design. “The X line will be an important addition to the Prestige brand as our customers are looking for new ways to enjoy the sea,” he said. “Our main strength with the Prestige brand is to produce boats that perform well on the sea and can really be used by a family as well as having good styling. In other words, form following function. With the X line we have a new concept with a huge cockpit that we call an infinity cockpit like a terrace on the sea so you have the panorama of the sea behind the boat. Our intention is that from any position on the boat you should be able to have a good view and really connect with the sea.”

Garroni went on to mention the long association of the Garroni design studio with the Prestige brand. “My father before me worked with Jeanneau on the development of the first Prestige model, a 41ft sports boat in 1989 and we have gone on to have a long and successful relationship,” he said. “Highlights included the move to a flybridge 36ft model in 1999, which also introduced the resin infusion manufacturing system.”

The X70 is expected to undergo sea trials in August this year, with its debut scheduled for the Cannes Yachting Festival in September 2020.