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Prestige Planning New Luxury Power Cat

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Here’s some big news on the power catamaran front. Prestige, the French builder of luxury motoryachts and part of the powerful Groupe Beneteau, will start making luxury power cats.

Erwin Bamps, the Prestige general manager, made the announcement at a Groupe Beneteau press conference at the Cannes Yachting Festival. He did not reveal any details, and said he would have much more about the new cat at the Düsseldorf boat show in January.

But Bamps did say the cat was an expansion of the company’s “private island concept” and it would be aimed at both the charter and owner-operator markets worldwide. “We thought how can we add more space, more room, more comfort and also more interconnectivity to the water and also more stability,” Bamps said. “Then we came to the multi-hull concept that we will call our M-line.”

The new Prestige cat could be powered by alternative fuel. Bamps said it would be “the ideal platform to introduce new alternative propulsion technologies. More sustainability is our mindset here.”

You can read more at http://prestige-yachts.com and see Bamps’ Cannes presentation here:

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