Prestige set out to design a yacht that would appeal to their traditional customers in a smaller package. The Prestige 420 Fly has a full-beam master stateroom with an en-suite head and a forward VIP stateroom with private entry to the day head. Prestige claims the flybridge is the largest in its class. With twin Cummins diesels driving V-drives and variable speed bow thrusters, the Prestige 420 Fly maneuvers easily in close quarters with the joystick system. Large side windows on the main deck make the galley and salon bright and airy while offering panoramic views.
- Hydraulic swim platform that lowers
- Summer kitchen with grill, prep area, and sink built into the transom (optional)
- Large storage locker in transom accessible from swim platform and aft bench seating
- Full-beam master stateroom
- Forward VIP stateroom
- Large side windows in the galley and salon
- Upper and lower helm stations with joystick controls
- Cockpit mounted joystick for close in maneuvering when docking (optional)
- Flybridge deck with L-shaped aft bench seating and table
42' 10" (13.06 m)
13' 5" (4.1 m)
22,928 lbs. (10,44 kg)
24,090 lbs. (10,927 kg)
3' 7" (1.1 m)
6' 8" (2.05 m)
20' 4" (6.19 m)
309 gal. (1,170 L)
87 gal. (330 L)
24,090 lbs. (10,927 kg)
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Acceleration Times & Conditions
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24 x 29 x 4
2 persons, 2/5 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
62 deg., 45 humid.; wind: 15-20 mph; seas: calm
2 x Cummings 6.7L 425 V-drive
2 x Cummins QSB 6.7 380-hp engines
2 x Cummins QSB 6.7 425-hp engines
Captain’s Report by Capt. Mark Kellum
The first impression of the Prestige 420 Fly is that it is a conventional flybridge sport yacht. However, judicious use of interior and exterior space makes the smallest Prestige model distinctive.
With the larger 425-horsepower Cummins diesels turning V-drives, the Prestige 420 Fly that was tested reached speeds of over 35-miles-per-hour or just over 31-knots.
Prestige 420 Fly: Mission
The Prestige 420 Fly is designed and built to be a luxury performance yacht for cruising and entertaining. Its size and contemporary styling is intended to attract both buyers looking to move up from a sport boat to a cabin boat, or, to appeal to those stepping down from a larger yacht to a more manageable size. Prestige Yachts sees the 420 Fly as the perfect entry-level cruiser to attract people to their brand.
The helm is mounted on the port side of the flybridge on the Prestige 420 Fly and there is plenty of room for entertaining.
Prestige 420 Fly: Major Features
Access to the Prestige 420 flybridge is from stairs leading up from the port side of the cockpit.
The galley on the Prestige 420 Fly is between the cockpit and salon, allowing the galley to serve both entertaining areas efficiently.
The standard configuration of the Prestige 420 Fly lower accommodations deck is with two heads. An en-suite master head and a day-head with private entry from the VIP stateroom.
The optional configuration of the Prestige 420 Fly’s lower accommodations replaces the day head with a laundry with a washer/dryer and hanging locker.
- Twin Cummins Diesels. The Prestige 420 Fly is available with dual 380-horsepower Cummins diesels turning V-drives or dual 425-horsepower Cummins diesels turning V-drives.
- Full-Beam Master Stateroom. The full-beam master stateroom offers a centerline berth and port and starboard hull side windows with opening portlights.
- En-Suite Master Head Compartment. The master head compartment has a separated shower.
- Forward VIP Stateroom. The forward VIP stateroom has a centerline double berth that has a removable section to make more room in the space and private entrance to the day head.
- Full-Featured Galley. The galley has a cooktop, refrigerator, freezer, sink, oven, icemaker, and storage spaces.
- Hydraulic Swim Platform. The swim platform hydraulically lowers to provide water access or tender retrieval.
- Transom Mounted Summer Kitchen. The transom mounted summer kitchen has a grill, prep area, and sink (optional).
- Flybridge Deck. The flybridge deck has seating, large sun pad, a wet bar with optional grill and optional hardtop.
Prestige 420 Fly: Performance
Cutting through the light chop with aplomb, the Prestige 420 Fly did not pound and threw the spray outwards making a smooth dry ride.
The Prestige 420 Fly has a length overall of 42’10” (13.06 m), a beam of 13’5” (4.1 m), and a draft of 3’7” (1.1 m). With a dry weight of 22,928 lbs. (10,399.97 kg), 123.6 gallons of fuel and 2 people onboard, the Prestige 420 Fly had an estimated test weight of 24,090 lbs. (10,927 kg).
Top Speed. With the dual 6.7L Cummins 425-horsepower diesels turning 24” pitch by 29” width four-bladed props run up to 3060 rpm, the Prestige 420 Fly tested reached a top speed of 35.9 mph (31.3 knots).
Best Cruise. At 2400 rpm and 25.9 mph, the Prestige 420 Fly achieved a 24.5 gph fuel burn that translated to 1.1 mpg and a range of 293 statute miles (472 km) while still reserving 10-percent of the Prestige 420 Fly’s 309-gallon (1,170 L) total fuel capacity.
Acceleration. In acceleration tests, the Prestige 420 Fly reached planing speed in an average of 6.3 seconds continuing through to 20 mph in an average of 8.8 seconds.
Prestige 420 Fly: Handling
With overcast skies and a 15 to 20-knot breeze creating a light chop, the Prestige 420 Fly was driven through the photo-boats wake to simulate a seaway.
Driving the Prestige 420 Fly through the wake of the photo-boat, the test boat split the wake cleanly throwing water well to the sides and demonstrated no pounding. The steering on the Prestige 420 Fly is tight, however, the test boat responded effectively to the wheel. The test captain for BoatTEST.com was pleased to see a rudder angle indicator on both the upper and lower helm.
Maneuvering the Prestige 420 Fly in close-in conditions with the joystick requires enough thrust to get the boat effectively moving. The Prestige 420 Fly is a relatively heavy boat. Gradually adding power created an effectual response. The variable speed thruster has plenty of power and she handles well in these situations.
Prestige 420 Fly: Boat Inspection
The Prestige 420 Fly has three exterior entertaining areas: the aft deck area with transom mounted grill, the forward sun pad that converts to loungers, and the flybridge deck with seating, sun pad, and grill.
Prestige 420 Fly: Stern
The swim platform on the Prestige 420 Fly takes on a dual role with the optional transom mounted summer kitchen. It functions effectively as a beach with the hydraulic actuated platform in the lowered position and as an al-fresco galley area with the grill, prep area, and sink built into the transom.
The teak covered swim platform on the Prestige 420 Fly is 4’4” (1.32 m) deep and 12’3” (3.73 m) across. Grab handles are placed all around the periphery with the reboarding ladder under the port side of the swim platform.
A 3’10” (1.16 m) section of the Prestige 420 Fly lowers hydraulically at the touch of a button. Note the step on the port side for reboarding from the lowered platform.
The grill, prep area, and sink built into the transom on the Prestige 420 Fly provides an al-fresco cooking area. Note the grab rail mounted on the aft most end.
Under the summer kitchen is a 50-amp shore power connector to port and 1’10” (57 cm) high by 4’45” (134 cm) wide by 2’4” (72.5 cm) deep storage in the center.
Prestige offers a passerelle option on the 420 Fly. It repaces the hand rail shown mounted on the starboard side of the transom. Note the 11” (27.94 cm) cleat mounted on the cap-rail.
Access to the aft deck is via a transom walkthroug on the port side. The 10’10” (3.3 m) wide by 5’7” (1.7 m) aft deck area has an overhead that provides partial protection for the aft deck. A motorized shade at the trailing edge can provide additional shade as it angles downward from the hardtop.
The 12” (30.48 cm) step up from the swim platform leads to the 18” (45.72 cm) wide transom walkthrough with a stainless-steel safety gate.
The L-shaped aft bench seating surrounds the solid wood table on two sides. Note the dual high-low pedestal mounts and teak decking.
There are large scuppers on the port and starboard aft-most corners which provide direct overboard drainage of the aft deck.
The aft deck shade provides sun protection for the cockpit seat area. When using the transom summer kitchen, we recommended rolling up the aft deck shade.
Under the center cushion of the aft deck bench seating is access to the transom storage through a hatch in the base.
A remote joystick controller is located inside the starboard side vertical structure of the aft deck area. Although not tested in this case, it will provide owners with an additional control station when docking.
Prestige 420 Fly: Galley
Entering from the aft deck through the four-piece sliding glass partition door to the galley, the opening measures 4’2” (1.26 m) when fully open. To the port side there is an L-shape counter with storage below that doubles as a bar for those on the aft deck. The cooktop, microwave oven, and sink are built into the solid surface countertop. On the starboard side there is a counter with drawer-style refrigerator, freezer, and icemaker below. On both sides are cabinets mounted above. There is 6’7” (2.0 m) headroom in the galley.
A lockable four-piece glass partition separates the aft deck from the galley on the Prestige 420 Fly for security and protection when the weather is intemperate.
When weather and disposition allow, the glass panels slide to port, creating a 4’2” (1.27 m) opening that seamlessly brings the aft deck and galley together.
At the end of the L-shaped cabinet on the port side of the Prestige 420 Fly galley are accessory control switches and remote controller for the three-zone custom Bowers and Wilkins stereo.
Built into the solid surface countertop on the port side is a two-burner cooktop and sink, shown with cover in-place. Below is a Miele microwave oven. A trash bin is located directly below the sink.
Aft of the microwave is shelved storage built into the cabinet.
The sink and faucet in the galley on the Prestige 420 Fly are stainless-steel. The deep sink is under counter mounted.
On the port side of the galley is the refrigerator and freezer drawers. Owners can opt for both drawers being refrigerators.
Forward of the refrigeration drawers is an icemaker built into the cabinet. Owners can opt for a built-in wine cooler.
On both sides of the galley are cabinets mounted above. Note the cabin light switches and air conditioning controls are mounted just inside the galley. Convenient for entering at night.
Prestige 420 Fly: Salon
There is a 9” (22.86 cm) step up to the salon area. The overhead is 6’5” (1.95 m) above the salon deck. There are several décor options. The décor on our test boat, Prestige calls it Grey Oak. The starboard side sofa is 14” (35.56 cm), the BoatTEST.com test captain felt the sofa could use 5” (12.7 cm) more depth to be totally comfortable.
Moving forward from the galley, there is a 9” (22.86 cm) step up from the galley to the Prestige 420 Fly’s salon. The large side windows bring in natural light to the salon area.
The overhead in the Prestige 240 Fly salon has recessed LED strip lighting and offers 6’5” (1.95 m) of headroom.
Forward of the icemaker and abaft of the lower helm is a sofa that is 42” (106.68 cm) long by 14” (35.56 cm) deep.
On the port side of the salon, across from the sofa is a U-shaped settee that surrounds an expandable solid teak table.
With the table in the unfolded position, the settee can function as a dinette for four adults.
An opening side Lewmar window slides down to provide ventilation to the salon.
Forward of the port side settee is a surface space that can be used as a chart table. The top raises to allow for a 30” (76.2 cm) flat-screen television.
A space to port of the pop-up salon television is a 3-terabyte media server that can provide Wi Fi signal throughout the Prestige 420 Fly.
Helpful when operating in inclement weather, the windshield dash has defroster ports built in. Note the heavy-duty pantograph-style windshield wipers.
Prestige 420 Fly: Lower Helm
The lower helm is mounted on the starboard side forward in the cabin. It has a compass centered on the fixed mount steering wheel. The windshield spans 8’2” (2.49 m) and is 32” (81.3 cm) high along with the large side windows and the galley’s glass partition, the operator has a panoramic view while underway.
The lower helm on the Prestige 420 Fly has two 12” (30.48 cm) Raymarine multifunction displays mounted on the dash.
The engines control binnacle and joystick are built into the helm’s starboard side armrest within comfortable reach of the operator.
On the inboard side of the helm are the systems rocker switches, trim tab control with indicators, and low down is the autopilot and windlass control with chain counter. Note directly in front of the fixed mount steering wheel is a rudder indicator. Very helpful.
Mounted on the outboard side of the lower helm is the Cummins engine monitor display, spot light controls, and engines control binnacle.
On the bulwark below the armrest is the engine ignition switches, the VHF remote, the VHF speaker, and the fire suppression monitor.
The helm seat is fixed. Located directly forward of the starboard sofa, there is no bolster and the seat and backrest do not adjust.
Prestige has provided a footrest at the base of the helm console.
There is a second Lewmar vertically opening window on the starboard side of the helm that provides additional ventilation. It is also helpful when communicating with deck and dock hands.
The lower helm seat tilts forward to provide access to storage beneath. There is additional storage in the base.
Prestige 420 Fly: Side Decks
Moving forward from either side of the Prestige 420 Fly from the aft deck, there are three steps that lead to the bow via the 18” (45.72 cm) wide side decks. The step’s risers measure 11” (27.94 cm), 9” (22.86 cm), and 11” (27.94 cm), respectively. There are grab rails at the steps and along the inboard side and inboard along the side decks mounted on the coach roof. Outboard are the safety rails.
The outboard hand rail is 29” (73.7 cm) above the side deck with a 5” (12.7 cm) toe rail with a final 5” (12.7 cm) step at the transition to the bow.
Prestige 420 Fly: Bow Area
Forward is another al-fresco entertainment area. Mounted on top of the cabin trunk is a 65” (165.1 CM) wide by 68” (172.7 cm) long sun pad that converts to side-by-side loungers with two adjustments for the backrests. Missing are drink-holders.
Shown is the forward sun pad on the Prestige 420 Fly. Note the grab rail on the port and starboard side of the cabin trunk.
The aft portion of the sun pads adjust to form the back rests for lounger-style seating.
A Marinco search light, which is motorized to swivel and tilt, sits above the 6” (15.24 cm) brow over the windshield.
Two 11” (27.94 cm) cleats with roller chock fairleads flank the plow-style Delta anchor on the anchor roller pulpit. There is a stainless-steel swivel attached to the anchor that assists getting the anchor correctly situated in the roller.
To port of the windlass is an in-deck line and fender locker that hinges outboard. A gas-assist strut would be useful here to hold the locker hatch open. Inside is the windlass remote control and windlass manual hand-crank.
Chain Locker. Access to the all chain rode is through an opening inside the line and fender locker. An additional hatch on the starboard side could offer better access.
Inside the in-deck line and fender locker is the forward saltwater and freshwater washdown for the anchor and rode.
Prestige 420 Fly: Flybridge Deck
The Prestige 420 Fly has one of the largest flybridge decks in its class. Access to the flybridge deck is from the aft deck. An eight-step ladder with grab rails on both sides leads to an acrylic hatch. The fly bridge deck should prove to be highly social with its many comfort features.
Shown is the teak and stainless-steel eight-step ladder with built-in grab rails leading up to the flybridge deck from the aft deck on the Prestige 420 Fly.
The teak decking continues on the flybridge deck and Prestige provided deck drains to assist in draining rainwater.
There is L-shaped bench seating that surrounds the aft and starboard sides of the fixed base solid teak table.
Forward of the bench seating is a second summer kitchen with a grill, molded in sink, and refrigerator below.
Forward on the starboard side is a 71” (180.34 cm) long by 50” (127 cm) wide sun pad with adjustable backrests, which allow it to double as companion seating for the upper helm.
The Prestige 420 Fly test boat was equipped with the optional hardtop on the flybridge. The heavy-duty supports did not prove to be an impediment to the 360-degree view. Note the inset LED lighting.
Upper Helm. The upper helm console on the Prestige 420 Fly is mounted forward and to port on the flybridge deck.
The stainless-steel and leather wrapped steering is on a fixed mount. Just forward of the wheel is the rudder angle indication gauge. Flanking the 12” Raymarine multifunction display are the engine tachometers.
On the outboard side of the helm is the trim tab controller with indicators and the systems rocker switches.
On the inboard side of the helm is the engine controls binnacle, joystick, spot light controller, and fire suppression monitor.
The upper helm seat is a single bucket-style seat with bolster. Prestige designed in a teak footrest molded into the console’s base.
Prestige 420 Fly: VIP Stateroom
The accommodations spaces below are accessed by a five-step companionway stairway between the lower helm and the dinette area that is 22” (55.88 cm) wide. Directly forward is the VIP stateroom with a traditional centerline double berth and private access to the day head.
The traditional centerline island double berth in the Prestige 420 Fly VIP stateroom is 78” (198.12 cm) long by 64” (162.56 cm) wide. The overhead in the VIP stateroom is 6’4” (1.92 m) and 3’8” (1.11 m) over the berth. Note the gooseneck reading lights on both sides of the berth.
When an 8” (20.32 cm) filler cushion is removed from the berth, it can be collapsed forward to gain additional legroom at the base.
The port side has shelving with storage below. The hull-side window provides natural light and there is an opening portlight for ventilation.
Aft of the port side, built in shelving is a hanging locker.
With the forward sun pad center section removed, additional natural light comes into the cabin through the overhead hatch.
The starboard side reflects the port side with shelving, a hull-side window, and opening portlight.
Aft of the shelving on the starboard side of the stateroom is more shelf storage. The private entrance to the day-head is just aft of the starboard side storage.
Prestige 420 Fly: Day Head
The Prestige 420 Fly that was tested had the two-head option. There is another option that eliminated the day head and replaces it with a laundry room with washer/dryer and a hanging closet.
There is an access door for the day-head from the companionway and from the VIP stateroom. The vessel sink and stainless-steel faucet are mounted on the solid surface countertop with storage below.
The head is built into the shower stall with a flip-down seat that covers the toilet when not in use. The shower has an adjustable wand that can be fixed or handheld.
Prestige 420 Fly: Master Stateroom
To port and aft of the companionway stairway landing is the entry for the full-beam master stateroom. There are two more steps down. The overhead is 6’7” (2.0 m), which quickly drops down to 5’3” (1.60 m). The large double berth is a centerline island berth with 3’4” (1.0 m) overhead.
At the entry there is a 6’7” (2.01 m) overhead where there is room to dress. There is a full-length mirror behind the door.
The centerline berth is 78” (198.12 cm) long by 64” (162.56 cm) wide. Note the end tables and gooseneck reading lights. There is indirect lighting in the headboard and along the cabinetry.
On the port side is a large hull-side window with opening portlight for ventilation. Below is credenza style cabinetry with storage below.
The is a built-in vanity in the port side cabinets that allows the user to sit on the berth when accessing.
Built into the forward bulkhead of the Prestige 420 Fly’s master stateroom is a hanging locker with storage.
On the starboard side of the master stateroom is another large hull-side window with opening portlight and additional credenza-style cabinetry with storage below.
En-Suite Head. The Prestige 420 Fly’s master stateroom has an en-suite head compartment with a separate shower.
The shower has an adjustable shower wand and a seat. The vessel sink and stainless-steel faucet are mounted on a counter with storage below. Above is a mirrored cabinet.
Prestige 420 Fly: Mechanical Space
The mechanical space is located under the aft deck and under the galley. Access for day checks is through a hatch in the aft deck, for more extensive excursions below there is a hatch just inside the glass partition in the galley.
Shown is the dual access hatches to the mechanical space on the Prestige 420 Fly.
Shown are the twin 425-horsepower diesels. The oil dipstick is on the starboard side of both diesels, making the starboard engines dipstick difficult to reach.
Mounted forward is the 11-kilowatt Onan diesel genset.
The main propulsion diesels turn V-drives. The prop tunnels in the hull allow the shafts to stay relatively horizontal.
All hoses on the Prestige 420 Fly are double clamped. Shown are the raw water seacocks for the Cummings diesels.
The raw water is routed through the bulkhead mounted sea-strainer. The fuel filter is mounted alongside.
Prestige 420 Fly: Options to Consider
- Base Power: Dual Cummins 380-horsepower diesels with V-drives
- Test Power: Dual Cummins 422-horsepower diesels with V-drives
- Flybridge hardtop
- Laundry room in lieu of day head
Prestige 420 Fly: Warranty
Prestige offers a Three-Year General Warranty with Five-Year Blister Warranty and Seven-Year Structural Warranty. Go to https://www.prestige-yachts.com/en/guarantees/ for details.
Prestige 420 Fly: Price
Base Price: $769,000
Price Range: $930,000 well-equipped / as tested
Prestige 420: Observations
The Prestige 420 Fly is a well-mannered flybridge sport yacht. The flybridge deck, aft deck, forward lounge seats, and transom summer kitchen make the Prestige 420 Fly a great platform for entertaining. The dual 425-horsepower Cummins diesels on the test boat gave good performance and the entire boat responded well to the helm, making the Prestige 420 Fly a good cruising yacht. Close-in maneuvering was aided with the upper and lower helm joystick control and the aft mounted joystick should prove a strong selling point with owner/operators. Despite being the smallest in the Prestige lineup, the 420 Fly should draw new customers moving up from smaller sport boats to an entry level cabin yacht and those who would like to move to a smaller, easy to manage flybridge sport yacht.