Prestige X70, Mister X

The 70’ is the first wide-body launching the new X-Line range, an addition to the S-Line and its sporty hardtops, and the flybridge boats of the F-Line

by Niccolò Volpati

CARTE BLANCHE. That was all the input the yard gave Camillo Garroni this time. After having designed very many Prestige boats alongside his father Vittorio, the designer was able to express all of his creativity for the first model in the new X-Line range. «The X70 has emerged from a lifestyle concept. People who come on board and sail on it should feel at one with the environment where they find themselves and with the nature that surrounds them».

Prestige is unquestionably synonymous with cruising with family and friends. Room and space are a watchword for the firm. The search for solutions to exploit the very last inch has always been a priority for the yard and its designers. The fairly obvious result of this is that the side walkways disappear. This wide-body approach means you can use the entirety of the beam, although things aren’t quite that straightforward. Getting rid of the gangways to give all of the space to the main deck can mean that it is difficult to get around onboard. But Garroni has managed to get the most out of the room without blocking movement. If you can’t go to the side, you will have to go over. It feels simple and fairly natural to go up to the flybridge and come down from it. It is easy going up and even easier coming down onto the bow area. In practice, it feels like an obstruction-free and normal way to move around. That way the main deck enjoys incredible room.

One could say that the X70 is a floating villa. The volumes, the attention paid to natural light, the continuity between the exterior and interior spaces – they all help to give that feeling. It is a boat that brings with it a home-like level of comfort. And that is the lifestyle that inspired the project from the very first blank sheet of paper. While onboard you should feel you do at home. To achieve that you don’t start by doing exact measurements, but rather set out from a different concept of how to use space.

A wide-body means having the entire beam at your disposal. The main deck is a large open space in which inside and out blend together. The large lounge is furnished with a sofa on one side and a full dining table on the other. Onboard foot traffic is also excellent, even though there aren’t any side passages.
The internal bridge is fitted with the latest generation navigation aids. It is very ergonomic and means there is good visibility in all conditions.

The main deck is divided into four. The bridge is in the bow and takes advantage of being located very far forward. The advantage of having it there is that it gives excellent visibility when underway. There is a staircase to get up onto the flybridge from the galley area, while the living and dining areas in the lounge benefit from the full-beam roominess. As well as that, the side windows seem even more similar to those of a villa because the absence of gangways means they practically overhang the sea. And finally, the fourth part of the main deck, the sternmost bit, is set aside for the cockpit. And here again, the description doesn’t really capture everything about it. More than a traditional cockpit it is a terrace overlooking the water, while the flybridge is entirely set aside as a living area, thanks to the fact that the bridge that has been moved to the bow, and is in an excellent position from where to skipper the boat. You don’t feel the need for a second one.

The master cabin is particularly large and occupies the entire width of the boat. The guest cabins also have their own bathroom and entrance.
The interior details have been very carefully done with finishes in leather and highly-prized cabinet work. Duvivier sofas have been picked for the interiors, while the sound system is by Bowers&Wilkins. The numerous customisation options mean that the owner’s every need can be satisfied.

The cabin area has benefitted from the same approach to design. There is so much space, and the cabins are separate from one another and easily accessible. It is as if the hull had been divided into three horizontal parts, each of them set aside for a double room. The master cabin is midships. If you like, you can also have a fourth cabin in the stern. What sets this boat aside are the independent entrances to the cabins. That means you can get around in the accommodation area without ever coming across other guests.

But it is good to remember that we are talking about a boat and not a villa, and so it has to have good sailing qualities. That is why they have opted for the Volvo Penta IPS transmission which ensures restricted fuel consumption levels and good handling. There are two options: the 1350 IPS with a pair of 1.000 hp D13s, or the 1200 IPS with two 900 horsepower engines. The boat that we tried out had two 1.000 hp motors which generated a dynamic feel that is more often associated with smaller boats.

Prestige X70, Jean-Francois ROMERO
The strong point of this yacht is the use it makes of onboard space, which has been thought out to get the most out of the entire surface area and which helps people get around easily and intelligently combines interiors and exteriors.

The helm, which has been well-calibrated, means that both high and low-speed manoeuvres can always be handled safely. The turning radius at 24-knot cruising speed is around thirty metres. On waves, the hull can ensure comfort and safety even in challenging conditions, thanks to the weight distribution and naval architecture that has been very well researched by the engineers at Prestige. The boat is fun to steer, the two Volvo Penta engines are exuberant and it is very pleasant going at top speed. While underway it feels very comfortable, with low noise and no vibration anywhere on the boat.

Prestige X70, Jean-Francois ROMERO
Prestige X70, Jean-Francois ROMERO
Prestige X70, Jean-Francois ROMERO

To help people get around, the various sections of the yacht have been linked by two pairs of staircases, which bring together the internal areas with the flybridge, and with the bow.

There is a wide range of possible cruising speeds since it needs less than fourteen knots to start planing, while the top speed we registered was 28.2 knots. It was striking how little the fuel consumption per nautical mile changed. You hardly notice the difference between minimum planning and top speed. You go from ten litres per mile usage to 14. That means that the waterlines of the hull are balanced and very efficient. The handling that comes from the IPS transmissions is beyond doubt, and the manoeuvring stations, together with a large number of windows ensure that there is always excellent visibility. This means that any kind of manoeuvre, including mooring, is always easy to execute.

Prestige X70, Jean-Francois ROMERO
Prestige X70
Garroni Design based its concept on the removal of side decks so that the flybridge is used for people to move around, which significantly increases the living space.

Engine room
Both options come with IPS. The higher rating has two D13s each developing 1,000 horsepower, while the less powerful one has a pair of 900 hp engines.

JEANNEAU PRESTIGE
www.prestige-yachts.it

PROJECT: Garroni Design and Valentina Militerno De Romedis (interior decorator)

HULL: LOA 21.83m Maximum beam 5.34m Draft 1.70m Light mass displacement 33,400 kg Full mass displacement 45.820 kg Fuel tank volume 4,000 l Water tank volume 760 l

MAIN PROPULSION: 2 x D13 Volvo IPS 1350 6 in-line cylinders Outlet mechanical power

735 kW (1,000 hp) Swept volume 12.8 l Bore&Stroke 131mm x 158mm Maximal rotational speed 2400/min Dry weight 2,458 kg

EC CERTIFICATION: CAT B

PRICE: 2,200,000 , Excl.VAT (as standard) (June 2021)

(Prestige X70, Mister X – Barchemagazine.com – June 2021)