The brand-new, French-styled Prestige 520, designed for easy cruising or entertaining, is making its U.S. debut at the Lauderdale show. With three cabins (plus an optional captain’s quarters) and a top speed of 26 knots, the Prestige 520 has a new luxurious, light-filled interior, where large windows create a bright, soft atmosphere in the salon. Its aggressive raked windshield and sleek, low profile mark it as a full-fledged member of the Prestige lineup.
In the salon, the galley is aft, per the current custom, then a super-sized U-shaped lounge and table are on the port side, with an L-shaped settee to starboard. The helm is to starboard; four centerline steps lead down to the accommodations deck.
The full-beam, midships master has a centered bed; the stateroom is large enough for a sofa on the port side. The VIP cabin is in the bow, with scissor berths that can be separated or pushed together, and a smaller guest cabin on the port side has two berths. The 520 has two large heads with showers.
For lounging, there a large sun pad on the bow, with pop-up lounge chairs, while aft the cockpit has an L-shaped settee across the transom. The large swim platform provides access to the garage for a tender, or the optional captain’s quarters with its own head. On the flybridge, the helm with a double bench seat is to port, and a large L-shaped lounge with a table is to starboard.
Powered by twin 435-hp Volvos diesels, the new Prestige cruises at a comfortable 22 knots. The Volvo IPS joystick controls make for easy docking and low-speed maneuvering.
Started almost 30 years ago, Prestige is part of the powerful Beneteau group, and has sold more than 2,500 yachts worldwide.
Specs.: LOA: 52’9”; Beam: 14’9”; Draft: 3’5”; Disp.: 31,085 lbs.; Fuel: 344 gals.; Water: 169 gals; Power: 2×435-hp Volvo IPS 600s.