With voluminous accommodations and handling consistent with a smaller cruiser, the Prestige 750 is designed to impress.
It is said that you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. And for the Prestige 750 once is more than enough. I realized early on during my test that the 750 is well balanced as both a luxurious vehicle for entertaining as well as a highly functional cruising yacht.
I had my first look at the largest offering from Prestige as the Miami boat show was being dismantled last February; the 750 was shrouded from full view by four other staged vessels.
After I’d jumped aboard, the factory crew, glad to be heading out, quickly slipped the lines to make a bridge opening. Leaving the berth was easy due to the substantial teak side decks, easy accessibility to cleats, and stellar sightlines from the helm. My first impression of the vessel was that she behaved more like a 60-footer than a 74-footer, based on the ease with which we maneuvered her about.
However, her true dimensions became more evident as we headed north, paralleling Miami Beach’s Collins Avenue. The 750 easily supported all the amenities you’d expect from a luxury yacht. Prestige accomplished that with a beam just under 18 feet, slightly less than some of the other similarly styled boats in her size range.
“The 750, and the entire Prestige line, is designed and manufactured utilizing the latest technologies, materials, and processes,” says Nicolas Harvey, president of Jeanneau America, based in Annapolis, Maryland. “The interiors reflect the forward-looking vision of the brand with regard to the way textures, colors, and flow are used to create comfortable and luxurious social and living spaces throughout. The Prestige Yachts DNA is based on technology to build yachts that can achieve the desired performance with less horsepower and burn less fuel.”
To that end, a pair of optional 1,200-horsepower MAN engines pushed her highly efficient, 14-degree deadrise hull to a 24-knot cruise at 2,100 rpm. Fuel burn at that speed was a respectable 80 gph; considering the package it was pushing, I’d say this power plant was a good match for this boat, to be certain.
The conciseness and placement of the lower helm, behind a two-paneled, raked windshield, perpetuates the deception of the Prestige 750; the warmth and feel was that of a more compact vessel. But make no mistake, she’s every bit a 75-foot motoryacht.
The wheelhouse’s double-wide, leather, bench-style seat sits behind the non-glare dash and a full complement of Raymarine electronics. Prestige also includes a yacht-management system, full MAN engine displays, and optional Xenta joystick technology. The small, leather steering wheel is vertical and comfortable while seated or standing. This pilothouse had the optional port-side watertight door for quick access to the side deck during docking.
Once in open water, the yacht easily rose and fell into the 2- to 4-foot head seas as we made the bend into the Atlantic and headed north toward Ft. Lauderdale. Our test boat was outfitted with the Seakeeper 9000 gyro-stabilizer; a beam sea was barely noticed.
It was also impressive to move about this motoryacht while running at 24 knots. The realization of just how much boat is really under you truly hits when looking fore and aft from the upper helm. Additionally, the airflow around the boat was such, that even on an a typical, hoodie-worthy day in South Florida; it was quite palatable to sit under the cockpit overhang at speed.
For me, the high point of the sea trial was the close-quarters maneuvering it took to get through the marina and into a berth next to a concrete bulkhead. The captain did more than a yeoman’s job as he backed down slowly and steadily, interspersing some strategic blasts of the bow and stern thrusters. Though years of know-how made it look easy, the big take-away here, in my opinion, was that this is a sweet-handling yacht that won’t intimidate an experienced owner/operator and family.
The flybridge will be an owner favorite. Teak decks are optional here and greatly enhance appearances and safety. The upper helm has a double bench and on the opposite side is a forward-facing settee. Our test boat had the optional davit for a tender (2,000-pound capacity) and retractable sunshade. Of course, there’s a topside galley with sink, refrigerator, ice maker, and grill.
The stern of the Prestige 750 has many attractive aspects as well. The large teak hydraulic swim platform offers enough room for a 10-foot tender for owners who want to keep the weight closer to the waterline (at a max load of 937 pounds), and is wide and deep enough to be a viable area for deck chairs and all watersports. There’s access to the crew’s quarters and engine room at the transom through a watertight door. The area is flanked by stairs leading up to the cockpit.
As Harvey said, Prestige Yachts is a forward-thinking company, which is also a good way to describe the flow of the 750’s interior. It’s a smooth visual of airy, well-lit (LEDs light the entire vessel), lightly colored soft goods and seating.
The galley and bar areas are found immediately to port through the large, semiautomatic stainless steel saloon doors. Optional equipment for this area includes a Miele appliance upgrade, dishwasher, or wine cooler. The stacking stowage system and drawers for silverware and dishes are an efficient design. The full-size, contemporary steel-and-glass dinette is conveniently opposite the galley, on the starboard side.
The modern saloon, forward of the galley, produces a feeling of openness and lets you know you’re standing in a 75-footer. There are multiple options for the interior joinery finish—inlcuding walnut and dark oak, each with a compatible, optional wood sole, if desired over the standard carpet. The seating area is immense, there is stowage beneath most of it, and all afford guests good views while seated.
A master stateroom is forward of the wheelhouse just four steps down, placed well away from the machinery space. The hull is a deep-V, but this stateroom does not reflect any tightness; the design includes an en suite head forward of the accommodations. The cabin is full beam and bright with abundant ambient light from side windows with opening ports.
Prestige has made some smart decisions in regards to stowage with spaces below the berth for bulky suitcases and the like. The space is really private and quiet and since it’s elevated, there’s no hull slap; a guest could easily sleep even when running at speed in this cabin.
The VIP and mirror-image guest cabins are on the lower deck, below the saloon. They’re accessed via starboard-side steps opposite the lower helm. These quarters are fairly quiet with a 74-decibel reading at 12 knots. The VIP is full beam with an adult-sized dressing room and en suite head. The two guest cabins share a large head, with all the amenities. One guest cabin has direct access. Crew’s quarters are aft, as mentioned before, with both transom and engine-room access.
The layout of the machinery spaces is functional and easy to navigate. Using comparatively small engines leaves ample room for servicing and maintenance. Twin Kohler gensets stack neatly, leaving room for a full-size washer and dryer as well as the interior components of the stabilizing system.
Prestige did a great job with the 750. She’s a comfortable motoryacht with good seakeeping ability, in an exotic yet subtle and manageable package. “The Modern Boating Family” will surely notice her style, economy, and performance. Her minimalist crew requirements will have others looking as well.
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Noteworthy Options: Fiberglass hardtop with electrical soft top; 1,100-lb. capacity crane for tender; Miele appliances; crew’s quarters washer/dryer combo; 40-inch owner’s stateroom HD TV with Bose system; high-capacity tropical or extra-tropical air-conditioning systems. Prices available upon request.
Generator: 2/21.5-kW Kohler
Conditions During Boat Test
Air temperature: 69° F; humidity 87%; seas: 2-4'
Load During Boat Test
387 gal. fuel, no water, and 6 persons.
Test Boat Specifications
- Test Engine: 2/1,200-hp MAN V8s
This article originally appeared in the September 2015 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.