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Prestige 420 Yacht Review

Prestige 420 yachtPrestige 420 Yacht. Photo credit: Ancasta International Boat Sales

The Prestige 420 may be the smallest yacht in this builder’s model line, but it’s big on luxury and features.

Prestige Yachts range from 42 to 70 feet, but spend a few hours aboard their 420 and you may start wondering why anybody would ever want anything bigger.

As you go through the 420, the first thing you’ll realize is that it just doesn’t feel like a 42-footer — it seems like you’re aboard a much larger yacht. This is especially true on the flybridge, an area that’s often rather compact on boats of this size. Not in this case. With the helm station to port, the starboard side features a large sunpad with flip-up lounger backrests that has room for several people to stretch out and soak up the rays. The bridge extends aft over the cockpit, making room for an L-shaped settee with a dinette table. In all six or seven people could enjoy the cruise from this elevated position, and thanks to the wet bar, they won’t have to go up and down the stairs to wet their whistles.

The second outdoor social area on the 420 is the cockpit, which has another settee with dinette. This will probably be the most popular spot aboard for al fresco dining since it’s just steps from the galley, which is fully connected to the cockpit when you slide open the four-pane cabin aft bulkhead door. And if you feel like stretching out after you dine drop the table, add the filler cushions, and you have another oversized sunpad, this one shaded by that flybridge overhang.

You can find a third exterior plave on the bow, where there’s yet another sunpad with flip-up backrests that convert it into a lounger. Wait a sec, this 42-footer has three distinct outdoors social areas? You bet, just like those larger yachts do.

Enter the Yacht Luxury Zone

Okay: ready to step into the cabin? The first thing that struck us when we did so was the blast of chilly air. Prestige equips the 420 the same way they equip their larger, more expensive yachts, which means there aren’t any issues like sub-par climate control. The cabin is bathed with 32,000 BTUs of air conditioning, which also offers reverse cycle heat. The second thing that struck us was how quiet it was inside the saloon, even though the 7.5 kW genset was running to power all that a.c. Having peace and quiet is part of feeling luxurious and the rumble of a genset may seem like a minor annoyance. Still, in truth it can spoil an experience that otherwise would be a perfect 10, so we appreciate the fact that Prestige sound-proofs the engine room as well as they do. They also utilize sound-attenuating headliners and fabrics throughout the interior, to reduce sound levels even more.

The galley sits aft in the cabin, and has everything you’d expect including a two-burner cook-top, a microwave/convection oven, and drawer refrigerator and freezer. But why dwell on the galley when what you’re really interested in is the comfort zone, just a few steps further into the boat? You’ll find a large dinette to port, and we do mean large. This is a U-shaped six-seater, with a folding-leaf table and a flip-up television mounted into the countertop forward. The starboard side is where things get really interesting, though. Sure, there’s a centre-facing settee. But there’s also a full helm station, which is a bit unusual for today’s flybridge boats. It’s not one of those pared-down helms you’ll sometimes see with just a wheel and throttles but has twin MFDs, engine monitors, and joystick controls along with the basics. Bottom line, both the upper and lower stations on the 420 are 100-percent fully equipped.

Down below, Prestige makes a tactical decision to use the available space for two staterooms rather than shoe-horning a third one into the boat’s footprint. This is the one place where we can conceive of someone wanting more LOA, if they’re going to have private areas for more than four people sleeping aboard regularly. For most families and cruising couples, however, two staterooms are plenty. And what Prestige delivers by utilizing the space this way goes beyond merely providing large, roomy cabins. This also gives them the ability to design in either a large walk-in closet with laundry facilities into the starboard side, or to use this space for a second head, so each stateroom has its own en suite. Either way, both the full-beam mid-cabin master and the forward VIP have pedestal queen berths plus large hull side windows with opening ports, reading lights, hanging lockers, and additional stowage. On top of that, the master also has a vanity desk and bedside tables.

Performing Like a Prestige Yacht

Speed isn’t usually a highlight of yachts like this, and the Prestige provides a respectable cruise of 22 knots with a top-end in the 30-knot range. At cruise, range is around 210 nautical miles. That’s more than enough zip and more than enough cruising distance, for most of us. However, what counts for more is just how easy it is or is not to handle the yacht — particularly around the dock. And in that regard the 420 delivers. It comes equipped with a joystick that ties in the bow thruster with the twin V-drive inboards (your choice of Cummins 380- or 425-hp diesel). The thruster is a beefy variable-speed model, so it has the oomph to keep up with the torque when the Cummins are opposed, and you can slide the boat sideways without interruption.

In previous iterations of their 42-foot flybridge boats Prestige used IPS drives rather than the V-drive arrangement. Why make the change on this new version? Because it allowed them to move the iron horses farther aft, increasing the master stateroom’s footprint and providing more cabin space overall. In the past, this would have created a real price to pay in the dockside handling department. Still, thanks to advances in thruster tech (models like this can run continuously instead of just in short bursts) and the ability to integrate the thrusters with the powerplants in the form of the joystick, that price is essentially negated.

The bottom line? While people who want to entertain dozens of friends for days on end might wish to a yacht larger than the 420, this model delivers just about everything its larger siblings can. Day-cruises for 10 or 12 people and overnight jaunts for a family or a pair of couples will be enjoyed in the utmost luxury. And in truth, if that’s the kind of “crowd” you enjoy spending your time with, we simply can’t imagine why you’d ever want anything larger than a Prestige 420 in your slip.

See Prestige 420 listings.

Prestige 420 Specification

LOA – 42’10”
Beam – 13’5”
Draft – 3’7”
Displacement (light) – 22,928 lbs.
Transom deadrise – 16.5 degrees


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