The designers of Prestige Yachts commissioned an in-depth survey of actual owners of large motoryachts to find out what they liked and didn't like about their boats. Further, they asked them if they were designing a 72-footer, how would they layout the yacht? Prestige calls this process "VOC" -- Voice of Customer. Today we take a look at the layout of the new Prestige 750 and there are some pleasant surprises.
|Length Overall||74' 0'' / 22.58 m|
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||11.8 sec.|
|0 to 30||22.7 sec.|
|Props||Detra 33.9'' (86 cm) dia x 4|
|Load||4 persons, 2/3 fuel, 23/25 water, 50 lbs. of gear|
|Climate||62 deg.,34 humid.; wind: 0-5 mph; seas: calm|
2 x 1200-hp MAN
Prestige has created the 750 to provide consumers with most of the amenities found in yachts in this class as well as providing a seaworthy hull more easily propelled for operational efficiency. Further, because of Group Beneteau's infrastructure and inherent efficiencies it is able to provide a substantial value in this size range, while maintaining all of the demanding standards of CE construction.
Main Deck Master.
The master stateroom of the Prestige 750 is forward and down a couple of steps but is virtually on the main deck. This important detail alone sets her apart from all other boats in class. Why is this important, aside from the fact that this design is rarely seen on any motoryacht below 100’? The answers are obvious: 1) the owners are only a couple of steps from their guests and the action; 2) there are no steep stairs to negotiate; and, 3) the owner/operator is only a few steps from the lower helm.
At 17’10” (5.46 m) beam, the Prestige 750 is the narrowest motoryacht in class from anywhere from a few inches to a foot or more. This detail has its pros and cons and the consumer will have to decide where to come down on this subject. Because the boat is narrower it is naturally lighter. Because she is lighter she draws less water and the combination of these three aspects of her design makes her easier to push through the water. That means her engines can be smaller, saving more weight, and therefore all things being equal she will be able to burn less fuel or go faster – or both – compared to her competition.
of this design profile is the distinct possibility of less interior volume, more narrow side decks, and slightly less stability. Our suggestion to consumers on the first point is to simply get aboard the boat and compare her ergonomics with other boats in class. (Our experience suggests that measuring the width of the single berths below and the space between them will tell the tale.)
As far as stability goes, this is harder for us to measure. Other aspects of the boat come into play here, including, but not limited to: CG, deadrise, displacement, keel shape, and chine design. In boats there is no such thing as a free lunch, so most of the time everything is a trade off.
Our test weight was 98,362 lbs. (4,618 kgs.). That means when it comes to displacement this vessel -- while lighter than others in class -- is not a featherweight. She has gravitas. How much weight is needed to nudge aside 6-footers? See our “Handling” report below.
This detail was mentioned above but at 5’2” (1.59 m) it deserves special mention as draft is often the controlling factor for deciding which boats can be tied behind the manse during a moon tide and those that cannot.
Flush Deck/Formal Dining.
The Prestige 750 is not the only boat in class with a flush deck and a formal dining area, but she is one of the few. Consumers looking in this size range should be careful to note these two details. We like the ability to have formal dining for entertaining and many boats in class require that the salon cocktail table be raised to double as a dinner table. The Prestige 750 avoids this compromise.
Private Entrance to Master.
This is, of course, a corollary to having the master virtually on the main deck. It means that guests coming back to the yacht late at night are less likely to bother the princess and her consort.
Looking forward from the aft deck we see the dining table to starboard and the galley to port. We like the use of the glass table as it opens up the boat and it can be used both on formal and more informal occasions.
First of all, the main deck plan is symmetrical. Prestige considered doing an asymmetrical deck in order to get more room in the main house, but by carefully designing the superstructure it was able to build an interior that was nearly 14' (4.26 m) wide, which could handle not only the salon, but the galley and dining area as well -- and still have adequately wide side decks.
The trend that we have been seeing lately -- that is of moving the galley aft and opening it up -- was confirmed by customer feedback and Prestige has placed the galley on the port side next to the opening to the aft deck. By making the galley an L-shape, the designers were able to both separate it from the salon and have more counter space. An island adds even more counter space and separates the galley from the dining area to starboard. We like the island galley concept because it eliminates the "dead end" alley of a U-shape that makes it hard for two people to work there at the same time. The location of the galley is handy to all four entertaining venues -- the dining table to starboard, the salon, the seating area on the aft deck and the stairs ascending to the flying bridge.
The drawings seen here show six chairs at the table, but the folks at Prestige assure us that the table can seat eight -- two for each the boat's four staterooms. We like this layout because too many boats in the 72' range -- particularly in raised pilothouse vessels -- do not have a proper dining table. Usually they have an L-shaped settee next to the helm of the raised bridge deck.
The salon is up a small step from the galley. This area is about 14' x 11.5' (4.26 x 3.50 m) and can seat eight people in three sofas. The center of the salon is open which facilitates two-way flow through the house as well as providing room for a crowd during a cocktail party.
The Prestige 750 is a flushdeck motoryacht with all of the advantages that the design implies, but it has raised the helm itself on a special platform. The deck level itself was not raised. This arrangement serves several purposes: 1) it provides better visibility for the captain; 2) the double-wide seat back and the large flat screen TV behind it facing the salon have the combined effect of serving as a half-bulkhead to separate the helm from the salon. When entering from the aft deck the first thing seen is the salon, not the helm; 3) it makes the use of the watertight side door adjacent to the helm for the nearly exclusive use of the captain rather than being for general use.
From the swim platform there are port and starboard stairs up to the aft deck instead of one side being blocked by a wraparound settee. Second, there is a large amount of deck space on the aft deck which aids traffic flow and provides room for lots of people to stand during a cocktail party. The aft bench seat is remarkably wide, over 7' (2.1 m), and can obviously handle a large extended family or a small board of directors. The overhang of the boat deck above means that the aft deck can be enclosed, making this space appropriate for three-season use.
Flying Bridge and Boat Deck
The flying bridge can be divided into four sections: helm and forward observation seating, sun pad, U-shaped seating area with table and boat deck. The 750 comes standard with an arch with the hardtop as an option.
The helm seat is double-wide and can seat two people, but what we like most about this area is that on the starboard side three or four people can sit looking forward to enjoy the adventure.
A dedicated sunning area is located near the starboard forward seating. This placement has the advantage of being protected from the wind when the boat is underway.
Flying Bridge Entertaining Area.
The U-shaped settee with table is as large as it should be for a 4-stateroom boat. Opposite is a large console along the port rail that can house a refrigerator, icemaker, sink and grill. Overhead is a massive hardtop with the center being a soft-touch retractable sunroof.
Behind the seating area is a hydraulic davit and a boat deck that measures nearly 14' x 6' (4.26 x 1.8 m). This will handle a good-size tender (3.25 m max / 400 kgs.). We would not be concerned if the outboard motor extended beyond the railing, which can be modified. When in port or at anchor the tender will probably be in the water, which means this space can be used for chaise lounges so long as removable chalks are used for the tender's cradle.
At the Bow
At the bow we also have some entertaining functionality particularly for those into sun and fresh air. Forward facing seats can accommodate six people and behind is a sun pad that can hold four-across. This pad also has an optional cabana type shade that can be deployed easily.
To starboard of the helm is a dual companionway with the forward section being a private entrance to the master stateroom. This placement is quite an accomplishment in a 74' (22.56 m) boat, and something rarely seen. This placement harks back to the Golden Age of yachting that emphasized the comfort and status of the vessel's owner.
Inside there is a lounger to port and a desk to starboard that serves double duty as a vanity. Forward is a walk-in closet to port and head to starboard with a separate large shower stall, double-wide single sink, toilet and optional bidet.
Guest And VIP Staterooms
Back to the companionway, the aft section leads to the aft staterooms, and on the Prestige 750 there are three, a king size VIP and two guest cabins with twin beds. By having the master, plus three other staterooms, the boat becomes quite attractive on the charter market as the weekly rate, which might run from $20,000 to $30,000 or more, and can be divided among four couples.
This stateroom is full beam and would be the master on most boats this size. Most of the time owners of motoryachts this size cruise with just one other couple, so for that reason Prestige decided to give them the royal treatment. To port is a long storage credenza and to starboard is a large walk-in closet. Forward is a desk that will be appreciated by most guests so they can check up on their email in private.
The head is also to starboard, just forward of the walk-in closet. The sink has a diffused-drain basin and the separate shower is behind an acrylic door. Opening portlights add naturel light and ventilation. An electric vent is also included.
Forward there are two nearly identical cabins both with twin berths, with the one to port having a private entrance to the day head. These two staterooms share a single head that is located on the port side.
Like all heads on the 750, the guest head has a separate shower stall. It is noteworthy that the designers did not resort to the circular, "beam-me-up-Scotty" design with a curved Plexiglas door in order to save space. These round tube showers can be problematical for portly guests. Rather, Prestige has created a large rectangular shower stall.
Engine Room And Crew Cabin
At the swim platform there’s a watertight transom door leading to the crew cabin and engine room. Three steps down finds one at the entrance with a combination washer/dryer to the left and the door to the crew cabin to the right.
The crew will be in a small space but it’s adequate for sleeping and utilizing private rest facilities. The engine room is well laid out with adequate headroom and more than enough room to get all around the MAN engines. At the forward bulkhead, the twin generators are stacked one over the other.
The Prestige 750 has a LOA of 74’ (22.58 m), a beam of 17’10” (5.46 m) and a draft of 5’2” (1.59 m). With an empty weight of 91,271 lbs. (41,400 kg), 67% fuel, and 4 people we had an estimated test weight of 98,366 lbs (44,618 kg).
With the optional MAN 1200s turning 33.9” (86 cm) 4-bladed Detra propellers, we reached a top speed of 28 knots at 2390 rpm. At that speed we were burning 114.1 gph (432 lph) giving us a range of 252 nm.
There really is no “best cruise” speed as the fuel burn is perfectly linear as speed is increased. It’s basically a matter of setting the speed for a target range if distance is the goal.
However, with that said, most will cruise her at the MAN recommended cruise setting of 80% load which was determined to be at 1850 rpm and 19.2 knots. At that speed she’ll burn 61.6 gph (233 lph) producing a range of 326.5 nm.
As for her handling, it’s nothing short of “yacht quality” in that her 91,271-lb. (41,400 kg) displacement dampens nearly all maneuvers. Nothing happens fast, and even with a heavy handed captain at the helm, all maneuvers will be calm and sedate. She starts each turn with a slight roll into the turn and then her weight takes over and she levels out through the remainder of the turn. But clearly this is not a boat that will be making any radical maneuvers. That is to say, the 750 is a real motoryacht, not an express cruiser with a toadstool flying bridge slapped in her overhead.
At nearly 100,000-lbs., she’s more of a “set-the-course-and-speed-and-engage- the-autopilot” type of yacht.
In that sense she’s right at home presenting a stately ride. We had a relatively relaxed sea state on test day but the harbor was a popular yachting center and as such large vessels were steaming through the test area all day. Crossing through and across these large wakes was quite telling and showed that the 750 remains comfortable and takes no more spray over the rails than we would have expected. She has a fairly narrow entry and therefore cuts cleanly through waves rather than pounding through them. In the staterooms sound is minimized and all that can be heard is the water rushing across the hull.
Luxury on this level has its worth and the Prestige 750 carries a price tag in the area of $4m USD well optioned. She certainly garners her share of attention and has proven that the Prestige line is not only growing, but doing so in a way that has it competing on a world stage.
Buying a motoryacht in this class deserves some consideration. After all, at $4 million it may cost more than her prospective primary owner’s house, and most likely more than the second one. As well she should, given the fact that the 750 is like a small town all to herself – producing her own electricity, treating her own sewage, making her own water, navigating the high seas with as much electronics as most cruise ships, to say nothing of propelling a four-bedroom condo with amenities anywhere in the world that her owner desires.
Please note that there are no exterior styling excesses on the Prestige 750. No tail fins. No retro affectations. She is not an express cruiser on steroids. To our eye the Prestige 750 has a somewhat conservative and universal nautical design that will probably out-live the styling of flavor-of-the-month yachts in class. Not only now but in years to come she will be equally at home in Antibes, Hong Kong, or Ft. Lauderdale.
That means she is less likely to be dated on the used boat market. We think she will also appeal to veteran boat owners who know what they are doing and want substance, rather than buyers who have just scored a big trading bonus and want something with a lot of sizzle.
Yet, at $4 million the Prestige 750 is hard to beat given her utility, size and performance. She is probably not ideal for all applications, but we think she should be in contention for most of them.