Thursday, October 1

New 420 Fly: Entry-Level Cruiser in the Prestige Fleet

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The new Prestige 420 Fly is the entry-level yacht in the French builder’s high-end cruising fleet, which goes up to 75 feet. But it has the same DNA, the same French styling, the same bright and warm interiors, and the same cruising comforts that you’d find it its larger siblings.

The 420 comes with two staterooms and one or two heads, and various inviting social areas from stem to stern – plus up top on the flybridge. Its basic power comes from twin 380-hp Cummins, with optional 425-hp Cummins. Cruising speed is 22 knots, with a range of 210 nm. Top speed: 30 knots.

Prestige engineers designed the boat’s hull and running surface, while Garroni Design drew the rest. The salon has windows all around to let in natural light, plus a multi-panel glass sliding door that opens to the cockpit.

The teak swim platform is large and faces a storage area built into the transom for water toys. The aft deck has lounge seating and a table for al fresco entertaining; it’s protected by the overhang from the flybridge.

The galley is aft in the salon, on the port side, so it is easily accessible from the aft deck as well. A large, comfortable L shaped sofa is forward, to port, with a high/low table. A settee is to starboard, just aft of the lower helm station.

The flybridge is protected by a hardtop. The helm is to port, with an L-shaped settee with a table, a sun lounge, and a wet bar offering a major social area aft. Another sunning area is on the foredeck; the sun lounges have adjustable back rests.

Below, the master stateroom is full-beam amidships, with a centered, walk-around bed and a vanity built in on the port side. The master head has a separate shower. The second cabin, the VIP stateroom, is forward. The single-head version of the boat is designed for a cruising couple; it uses the area where the second head was as a multi-purpose area for a washer-dryer, a larger closet and storage.

To make driving easy, and to make docking pain-free, the Prestige 420 has fingertip joystick controls at both the upper and lower helm stations. They also can be installed in the cockpit.

Prestige is part of the large Beneteau Group.

Specs.: LOA: 42’10”; Beam: 13’5”; Draft: 3’7”; Disp.: 22,928 lbs.; Fuel: 309 gals.; Water: 112 gals.; Power: 2×380-hp Cummins, or 2×425-hp Cummins.








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