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2013 Prestige 390 S

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Boat Review by: Richard Crowder

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Prestige, from France, is relatively new to Canada, but is in no way new to the rest of the world. “Created over 20 years ago, Prestige is now an internationally recognized brand, present on four continents through a network of specialized dealers trained by the shipyard. The brand’s success was founded on a few simple concepts: all living spaces on one level, 360° panoramic views, an independent owner’s suite…. The art of Prestige was in combining these concepts in just the right way. Today, over 2,500 Prestige motor yachts, from 35 to 60 feet, cruise waters around the globe, and the Prestige Yachts division has announced that it will launch even larger models.”

For 2013, Prestige offers fifteen models from thirty-five to seventy-two feet in three series called Express, Flybridge, and Yachts. The 390 S subject of this review is the smallest of the six model Express series which ranges up to sixty-two feet. In describing the 390 S, Prestige says, “Renowned Italian naval designers, Vittorio and Camillo Garroni, have combined their talents with an experienced French designer to create a truly exceptional motor yacht: elegant as an Italian, seaworthy as a French sailor, and more liveable than any other boat in its category. When compared with another boat of equal size, the Prestige is bigger.”

In describing its construction philosophy, Prestige adds, “Digitally controlled machinery, varnishing robots and an array of tools to relieve workers of repetitive tasks enable them to concentrate on quality. The infusion-moulded hull, structures and deck have resulted in significant weight savings without sacrificing rigidity. Seaworthiness is a top priority and a subject of constant research for Prestige. Our hulls have been specially designed for pod propulsion systems, which redistribute weight onboard, limit noise and vibrations and improve fuel efficiency by 20%. Prestige motor yachts are powered by engines from Volvo and Cummins, widely considered to be the best engine manufacturers in the world today.”

Prestige calls its 390 S a “double cockpit” design, referring to the two separate U-shaped cockpit guest seating / dining areas – one huge deep one virtually centrally located immediately forward of the swim platform and above the tender garage and convertible to a sunlounge, and up a step and forward, a second shallower one on the port side opposite the double wide helm seat. This second one may be slightly smaller but still capable of very comfortably seating four to six adults. Covering this cockpit area is a standard hardtop with electric opening “sunroof.”

Teak, which is standard covering on the swim platform, may be optionally extended to cover the starboard side entry to the cockpit and cover the entire cockpit floor if desired. There are several options you may also wish to select for the cockpit area including a wood cockpit table with cover, pressurized dockside water inlet, raw water washdown (a hot and cold shower is standard), an electric sliding glass partition, fridge and grill for the standard cockpit galley with sink, and in the best of Euro style and tradition, an optional hydraulic telescoping gangplank to greatly assist in boarding. The standard tender “garage” measures 7’3” x 4’7”.

Through a centre, smoked sliding cabin door and four steps down leads you to a very bright, roomy, clean and modern looking “saloon” with 6’10” headroom. To starboard is another huge U-shaped convertible dinette which can easily accommodate six adults, and opposite to port, the L-shaped galley with stainless steel sink, full size refrigerator, microwave oven, and gas stove. A “Vitroceramic” electric stove is optionally available. The off-white of the walls, ceiling, flooring, and upholstery is tastefully offset with the warmth of finely finished wood cabinetry and doors.

The forward master cabin features a central queen pedestal bed and three hanging lockers, one of which is a walk-in, plus additional storage lockers and a private entrance to the head, located forward of the galley and having a second “public” door. The shower is integral with the vanity and standard manual toilet. An electric toilet is optional. The fully private aft-cabin with 6’2” headroom features two single berths which easily slide together to form a queen berth. A stereo with CD, DVD, and MP3 is standard in the saloon; an LCD 22” TV optional as is air conditioning/heating.

Standard power for the 390 S is supplied by twin 320 hp Cummins diesels with electric engine controls. Prestige recommends you choose the Axius Pack option which includes joystick control, autopilot, and “Skyhook” active positioning system. Various Raymarine electronics and navigation packages are also available. Four engine and four house batteries, a battery charger, shorepower, electric windlass, and windshield defogger are standard; a 6 kW generator, remote spotlight, and trim tabs are optional.

The last words go to Prestige, “Elegant and streamlined, the Prestige 390 S is in the Italian tradition with an innovatory double cockpit, a concept previously reserved only for those boats longer than 40’. A large, electronically controlled opening sunroof, a spacious sun deck tender garage are all notable design strengths.”

Length: 39' 1" 11.92 m
Beam: 12' 9" 3.89 m
Dry weight: 16535 lbs 7500 kg
Fuel Capacity: 243 US gals 920 L
Base Engine / Drive: Twin Cummins Diesel/Pod Drive
Engine HP: T-320
Fuel Type: Gas
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