Yachting

SOLID & STYLISH

THE PRESTIGE YACHTS X70 IS BUILT TO MUSCLE THROUGH SEAS IN LUXURY

- BY TOM SERIO

the prestige yachts x70 is a departure from the builder’s Fly and Sport models. It’s a crossover-style yacht (hence the X in X70) that repurposes space with design elements and features typically found on larger yachts. ¶ Designers of the X70 created striking lines and style. From the angled bow looking aft, the sheerline appears to separate upward, yielding a full-length salon window frame. The pilothouse sports a reverse-raked windshield, and the flybridge is sizable. ¶ From the aft deck, dual floating-step staircases lead to the flybridge (a single staircase is optional). These are three-ply, inch-thick teak steps, each one 26 inches wide by 14 inches deep, for maintainin­g solid footing while moving up to the upper side decks alongside the helm area. ¶ This layout means the salon is truly full beam (17 feet, 6 inches). The salon’s airiness also comes from 6-foot-10-inch headroom and the modular furniture being set up in the style of a home. These aren’t boxy furnishing­s topped by cushions and used for stowage; these are free-standing, stable couches and an L-shaped sectional that have legs and open space below. ¶ Half-opening windows, each one 7 feet, 3 inches wide, are on both sides, and there are double-wide doors to the aft deck for a true indoor-outdoor experience. This space really does feel like home, including an overhead-mounted, drop-down 50-inch TV, as well as blackout shades and curtains. ¶ Forward of the salon, the open galley is on centerline. It’s a showpiece as well as a gathering place with Miele appliances, including a full-size fridge/ freezer, three-burner electric cooktop, dishwasher and microwave oven. Cabinetry to starboard has dedicated stowage for china and glassware. Prestige uses three hinges instead of two for durability on most cabinet doors. With backlighti­ng accenting the peninsula’s facing side, the galley blends well with the rest of the decor. ¶ Up two steps is the lower helm. The operator is flanked by two bench seats for guests. Three 15-inch Raymarine multifunct­ion displays “float” on top of the dash. Volvo Penta electronic throttles and a joystick command the 1,000 hp Volvo Penta IPS diesels. Keeping the boat balanced is a Seakeeper 18 gryostabil­izer. Prestige’s Ship Control technology allows the operator to control all electrical functions from the helm

71'7"

LENGTH OVERALL

17'6"

MAXIMUM BEAM

The X70’s galley is set up with Miele appliances. The reverse-raked windshield reduces glare at the helm.

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Note the cutdown bulwarks and full-height glass windows for open ocean views from the salon.
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Pop in the carbon-fiber poles to shade the foredeck when it’s siesta time.

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