August 26, 2010

Projects: Prestige 400 Flybridge, Prestige 350 Flybridge

Prestige will present a huge revamp to its models line with new projects and changes to current boats expected to happen in all the range. Pictured above is the 400 Flybridge which is to my understanding a further development of the 39 introduced in 2009. Such a fast change is surprising considering this is a new model only in its infancy. May be the Prestige 39 did not bring the desired sales, but I am sure that we will never know the real answer to this question. What the 400 surely offers is a more sport, sleek and elegant looks with the side windows being fully integrated and ending to the sides of the flybridge. The 400 designed by Garroni above the waterline, and under shape by acclaimed US architect Michael Peters follows themes of spaces characterized with huge views on the seas. The interior will offer a twin cabin en suited layout below, plus an extra two berths available from converting the upper saloon. Power is from standard twin 330hp, or optional 380hp Cummins. Prestige presents the project for its new entry level model the 350 Flybridge. Designed as all the line by Garroni, with hull by J&J and concept by Premorei, the 350 Flybridge follows a style similar to the 60 flagship and also to the new 400 above. A comfortable flybridge cruiser with a lower deck with two cabins and the always much in demand big view windows. The accommodation plan of the 350 will be an owners double to fore, a two single which converts to a double guest, and a shower head. A C-shaped saloon which also becomes an extra double berth, and a galley on the main deck complete the interior layout. The Prestige will also be powered by stern drive engines, with the builder claims a 30% better economy and for this to be the smallest flybridge motor cruiser. Actually Galeon offer this on the 330 since a few years now, and back in the eighties I also remember the Fairline 31 Corniche, or Gobbi 31 Cabin offering a flybridge with stern drive. Although thanks to new joystick technology I am sure the Prestige 350 Flybridge marina manoeuvring today will be much easier then in those times. Power will be from twin Volvo 220hp diesel engines.

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