Photography by Charlie Clark
With its low, sleek styling and leading-edge build, the Prestige 60 set a new standard for flybridge sport yachts when it was introduced six years ago—and not much has changed.
Originally introduced in 2010, the Prestige 60 was the largest model built at that time by a division of Jeanneau, and one of the first yachts of this size to incorporate Volvo Penta IPS propulsion. “IPS use in smaller boats was growing steadily at the time, but IPS2 for larger yachts had just been introduced,” said Nicolas Harvey, president of Jeanneau America, “and it required a boat that was both light and strong to maximize its potential—a considerable undertaking in such a large vessel.” Jeanneau engineered the boat to be built as a fully vacuum-bagged, resin-infused, balsa-cored vessel with a modified, deep-vee bottom design from naval architect Michael Peters. Moreover, the boat was specifically shaped to accommodate twin 700-horsepower IPS900s, making waves among competitors who were still using much higher output, shaft-drive propulsion systems for heavier, similarly sized yachts.
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This article originally appeared in the October 2016 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.