Pres­tige 460

Power & Motor Yacht - - NEW BOATS - —Ja­son Y. Wood Pres­tige Yachts, 410-280-9400; pres­tige-yachts.com

New new new is what the mar­ket seems to want—in­deed, de­mand—these days. Af­ter all, last week’s thing is not go­ing to be the next big thing. And it’s only be­come more pro­nounced since the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis has turned into a com­bi­na­tion of op­por­tu­nity and why wait? Many boat­builders have kept a laser-like fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing new mod­els so they’ll have a shot at cre­at­ing the next “next big thing.”

Pres­tige Yachts is cer­tainly no dif­fer­ent, in­tro­duc­ing a steady flow of new mod­els from a fa­cil­ity in Les Her­biers, France, on the cam­pus of a Jean­neau plant that also pro­duces that par­ent com­pany’s sail­boats. So what hap­pens when a builder grows a brand and fills its mar­ket space with mod­els? Does that mean there’s noth­ing new left for the builder to do?

Hardly. Pres­tige is fol­low­ing a path sim­i­lar to that of some other builders. It’s mak­ing more hay with the ini­tial in­vest­ment in en­gi­neer­ing and de­sign. The best part: The man­age­ment team at Pres­tige makes no bones about it—as in, there is no at­tempt at de­cep­tion. They un­der­stand that it just makes sense not to start from the ground up every time a new model is to be pro­duced.

The Pres­tige 460 is a re­birth, if you will, based on the very bones of the 450 Fly, a model in­tro­duced in 2013 that got a lot of things right in her twostate­room, two-head lay­out. The 450 ran well and topped out at around 31 knots in our sea trial. Her lay­out had a gal­ley aft, so it could eas­ily ser­vice the cock­pit or sa­loon. And best of all, the 450 had as­pi­ra­tions (delu­sions?) of su­pery­acht grandeur, with a sep­a­rate stair­way en­trance to the amid­ships mas­ter.

The 460 builds on the same hull as the 450, and the fly­bridge mold is the same, too. How­ever, the deck mold changed and with it the liv­ing space grew a bit, as I was shown by Adrien Ber­ton, mar­ket­ing man­ager for Pres­tige, who pointed out the de­tails and earnestly ex­plained the thought process. “The cock­pit is wider,” he said, show­ing me where the space was gained, “and the L-shaped bench is far­ther aft.” There was one sur­prise, where the 460 takes the su­pery­acht as­pi­ra­tions fur­ther: crew’s quar­ters aft. “The crew cabin was a re­quest from the deal­ers,” Ber­ton says, “as was easy ac­cess for­ward to both side decks.”

In the in­te­rior, the sa­loon area is longer with a dinette to port and a loveseat to star­board, abaft the helm sta­tion. A com­pan­ion­way for­ward is slightly off­set to star­board.

In the amid­ships mas­ter, the berth is sit­u­ated lon­gi­tu­di­nally, and off­set a bit to port. Best of all, that new deck mold means there are no steps in the over­head, as on the 450. Such a seem­ingly small change can in fact al­ter the whole feel of that state­room.

“The 460 is more like a small 500 than a larger 450,” Ber­ton said, cit­ing an­other suc­cess­ful model in the Pres­tige line. And with loads of fea­tures in this proven hull, many boaters may dis­cover the 460 will be their next big thing. LOA: 46'10" BEAM: 13'11" DRAFT: 3’5” DISPL.: 27,366 lb. FUEL: 328 gal. WA­TER: 106 gal. POWER: 2/370-hp Volvo Penta IPS 500; 2/435-hp Volvo Penta IPS 600 CRUIS­ING SPEED: 24 knots TOP SPEED: 32 knots PRICE: Upon re­quest

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