Finally and for the first time–a pod-type joystick with a bow-thrusters control alongside. According to the folks at Prestige Yachts, the joystick/thrusters setup shown here on the new Prestige 500 Flybridge is designed to facilitate dockside maneuvering in extra-strong winds and currents. My own experience with pods in high winds tells me this is a great idea. Lovely new boat, too.
Meeting the needs of boaters in the U.S. has some builders around the world scratching their heads, but not Rio Yachts. This Italian builder knows what works and what doesn’t, and adds a creative touch and fine finish to differentiate its product from lots of other boats out there.
Have a look and see what you think. ▶