PRES­TIGE 460 S

Motorboat & Yachting - - CONTENTS - Nick Burn­ham

TESTED The coupé ver­sion of the 460 fly­bridge boasts an im­pres­sive full-beam mas­ter

LOA 46ft 10in (14.29m) BEAM 13ft 11in (4.25m) EN­GINES Volvo Penta IPS600 TOP SPEED ON TEST 30 knots FUEL CON­SUMP­TION AT 20 KNOTS 115 lph PRICE FROM £490,526 inc VAT PRICE AS TESTED £661,054 inc VAT CON­TACT www.pres­tige-yachts.com

We de­vel­oped the 460 fly­bridge and the 460S coupé to­gether, so the de­sign was in­tended to work equally well for ei­ther de­riv­a­tive, “ex­plains Erik Stromberg, di­rec­tor of prod­uct mar­ket­ing for Pres­tige. He raises an im­por­tant point be­cause the rise in pop­u­lar­ity of coupéstyle boats is a fairly new trend, mean­ing that many re­cent coupés are sim­ply fly­bridge ver­sions with the top cut off. De­vel­op­ing the pair to­gether means the de­sign (which is iden­ti­cal from the sa­loon ceil­ing down) doesn’t favour one at the cost of the other.

The most ob­vi­ous corol­lary of this process is the size of the cock­pit. With the coupé in mind (which of course lacks the out­side space of the fly­bridge’s up­per deck), the sa­loon doors have been pushed for­ward, in­creas­ing the ex­te­rior cock­pit space. In fact it’s big enough to fea­ture L-shaped seat­ing, some­thing you don’t usu­ally find on boats be­low 50ft, and there is a crew cabin with a sin­gle berth and sep­a­rate toi­let be­low. You could opt for stor­age in­stead, but most peo­ple opt for the cabin. Af­ter all, you can put deck cush­ions on the bed but you can’t sleep in a stor­age locker. In or­der not to com­pro­mise the size of the sa­loon, the wind­screen has been pushed fur­ther for­ward than it was on the pre­vi­ous Pres­tige 450. “Pro­vided there is room for 2-me­tre sunbeds on the fore­deck, you don’t re­ally need any more length to it,” Erik points out. The main deck lay­out mir­rors the 460 fly­bridge, and it’s worth tak­ing time to ap­pre­ci­ate it. There’s no ques­tion that the French yard has been play­ing catch up with the premium Euro­pean brands of late but there’s equally no ques­tion that they’re gain­ing fast. Cru­cially, all of the fin­ish and fit­tings match the rest of the Pres­tige range – a prod­uct line that now stretches to 75ft, so it needs to be good.

Wood­work is satin-fin­ished grey oak (the choice of 80% of clients) with moabi or wenge (again satin-fin­ished) as op­tions. The floor is par­quet, the work­tops of the fash­ion­ably aft gal­ley are Co­rian and the over­head lights are slim fil­lets. Bare GRP is no­table by its ab­sence and there are some neat de­tails – my favourite is a large square tray that slots into one of two tailor made re­cesses in the deck­head op­po­site the helm. Why two re­cesses for one tray? Well, one is a sky­light that beams light into the mid cabin. Sim­ply po­si­tion the tray ac­cord­ing to whether you pre­fer more light or more pri­vacy.

Drop down the stair­way (where there is room for a wash­ing ma­chine) to the lower deck and the lay­out is a con­ven­tional full beam mas­ter cabin amid­ships with the guest cabin for­ward

(fea­tur­ing scis­sor berths to al­low you to swap be­tween twin beds or a dou­ble). Both are en­suite, the guest ac­cess­ing the day heads.

CLIMAT E CON­TROL

Twin Volvo Penta IPS is the only drive op­tion but you can choose be­tween IPS500 (370hp) or IPS600 (435hp). You want the lat­ter (and 90% of buy­ers agree with me). Whilst the IPS500 units will give 28 knots in per­fect con­di­tions, none of us ever boat in per­fect con­di­tions. Add a heavy dinghy, fill the boat up with clob­ber and add the drag of a sea­son of growth and that 28 knots will be a mem­ory, re­placed by the re­al­ity of en­gines work­ing very hard to main­tain a 25 knot cruise. The IPS600 mo­tors are the same units that Fairline fits to its Targa 48, and the same that Princess uses in its V50. Punt­ing a clean Pres­tige 460S to 30 knots is there­fore easy and a 20 knot cruise ef­fort­less, even af­ter the clob­ber and hull growth.

So hav­ing cho­sen your en­gines for you, the only big de­ci­sion you have is whether you should opt for the coupé over the fly­bridge? That’s a harder one – you’re cer­tainly not go­ing to see much per­for­mance ben­e­fit. The fly­bridge only car­ries a 300kg penalty ac­cord­ing to Mr Stromberg, so it will have as lit­tle detri­men­tal ef­fect as adding four adults.

So what do you gain? A sleeker look­ing boat is the most ob­vi­ous vis­ual ad­van­tage, but don’t rule out the ben­e­fit of the large slid­ing roof over the lower helm, some­thing the fly­bridge boat does with­out. Jack­shafts that push the en­gines (and there­fore the cen­tre of grav­ity) for­ward mean that sight lines re­main su­perb from that lower helm, with lit­tle bow rise onto the plane and an easy view out ahead and to the sides as the boat lopes along at a steady 25 knot can­ter.

At the helm on a crisp clear spring day in the south of France – the roof re­tracted but the tall screens and re­main­ing roof pro­vid­ing shel­ter from the chill – feels like a great place to be. Add pow­er­ful air con­di­tion­ing and you’ll reap the same re­wards when it’s scorch­ing hot out­side. Cli­mate con­trol – that’s the real ben­e­fit of the coupé.

The 460S coupé was de­signed in tan­dem with the fly­bridge

HELM Twi n touch­screens dom­i­nate the helm and avoid un­nec­es­sary clut­ter

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