The Prestige Yachts X70 is a departure from the builder’s Fly and Sport models. It’s a crossover-style yacht (hence the X in X70) that repurposes space with design elements and features typically found on larger yachts.
Designers of the X70 created striking lines and style. From the angled bow looking aft, the sheerline appears to separate upward, yielding a full-length salon window frame. The pilothouse sports a reverse-raked windshield, and the flybridge is sizable.
From the aft deck, dual floating-step staircases lead to the flybridge (a single staircase is optional). These are three-ply, inch-thick teak steps, each one 26 inches wide by 14 inches deep, for maintaining solid footing while moving up to the upper side decks alongside the helm area.
This layout means the salon is truly full beam (17 feet, 6 inches). The salon’s airiness also comes from 6-foot-10-inch headroom and the modular furniture being set up in the style of a home. These aren’t boxy furnishings topped by cushions and used for stowage; these are free-standing, stable couches and an L-shaped sectional that have legs and open space below.
Half-opening windows, each one 7 feet, 3 inches wide, are on both sides, and there are double-wide doors to the aft deck for a true indoor-outdoor experience. This space really does feel like home, including an overhead-mounted, drop-down 50-inch TV, as well as blackout shades and curtains.
Forward of the salon, the open galley is on centerline. It’s a showpiece as well as a gathering place with Miele appliances, including a full-size fridge/freezer, three-burner electric cooktop, dishwasher and microwave oven. Cabinetry to starboard has dedicated stowage for china and glassware. Prestige uses three hinges instead of two for durability on most cabinet doors. With backlighting accenting the peninsula’s facing side, the galley blends well with the rest of the decor.
Up two steps is the lower helm. The operator is flanked by two bench seats for guests. Three 15-inch Raymarine multifunction displays “float” on top of the dash. Volvo Penta electronic throttles and a joystick command the 1,000 hp Volvo Penta IPS diesels. Keeping the boat balanced is a Seakeeper 18 gryostabilizer. Prestige’s Ship Control technology allows the operator to control all electrical functions from the helm displays or a downloadable app. A starboard-side door provides easy access to the side decks and foredeck.
The X70′s reverse-raked windshield provides several benefits. It reduces the amount of sunlight on the helm, shading the displays and keeping the area cooler. It also reduces glare at night against the windshield and aids in shedding water off the windshield while adding dramatic effect to the yacht’s overall style.
Up top, the flybridge has low-profile wraparound seating to starboard of the helm. The flybridge helm has twin 21-inch Raymarine multifunction displays, a Volvo Penta joystick, a bow thruster and uninterrupted visibility.
Nestled under the hardtop—with a built-in electric sunroof—are a marble-finished dining table for four, and a grill station with a sink, and an ice maker. The station to starboard has beefy hinges on the drop-in fridge and stowage-compartment covers. Aft is plenty of space for loose lounges, sun pads or additional furnishings between the staircase flip-up doors. From here, there’s side-deck access to the foredeck and its sun pads.
In some areas, the Prestige Yachts X70 feels like a larger yacht. The aft deck, for instance, has exterior space almost equivalent to that found on 100-plus-footers. Abaft the salon doors, there’s a covered dining table for six guests and a center sun-pad lounge with side sofas to match. Everyone can be on the deck, protected from the sun or not, but all relaxing on the plush furniture and sun pads (with stowage below). The individual, lead-weighted backrests can be used in any position. Another nice touch is the glass transom mounted in Prestige’s custom metal framing.
Getting closer to the water is no problem, either. Twin staircases lead to the hydraulic swim platform, which has a telescoping passerelle/staircase that can be used as a beach club or launching spot for water toys. And there’s no need to stand and keep watch when the kids are in the water; an electrically actuated fold-down transom seat doubles as another sun pad for a more comfortable lookout perch.
The Prestige X70 offers bold design elements with construction executed at a high level. The blend of performance, style and first-rate finish make this flybridge yacht worth considering a crossover move.
The master stateroom is forward with a private entrance. It has various woods, leathers and fabrics in the decor, a port settee, a walk-around king berth, stowage for weekends or longer (including cabinets, drawers and lockers), some 6 feet, 4 inches of headroom, and an en suite head with a shower stall. The amidships VIP and two additional staterooms with twin berths are accessed via a salon staircase.
Space To Spare
The Prestige X70 runs so deep that you need a ladder to enter the engine room, which has 7-foot-3-inch headroom. Even with the Volvo Penta D13-IPS1350 engines and drives, there’s room for serious ancillary systems, including a Seakeeper 18, Onan generator, twin fuel tanks (1,057 gallons total), electrical controls and more. The IPS system allows Prestige to offer more livable space while maximizing cruising economy.
By the Numbers
The optional twin 1,000 hp Volvo Penta D13-IPS1350s (900 hp IPS1200s are standard) get the Prestige X70’s fully loaded, 101,016-pound hull up and moving. Pushing the throttles to wide open, we averaged 27.7 knots with a fuel burn of 102 gph and a range of 273 nm (less a 5 percent fuel reserve). Pulling back the throttles produced a range of 363 nm at 11.2 knots at 1,500 rpm and a burn rate of 31 gph. Sipping the fuel at 8.5 gph allows for a 933 nm range at 7.9 knots.
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