New Jeanneau Prestige 60 - as pleasant to look at as it is to live aboard

Product Overview

Pros:

  • Class-best view out, resin infused hull, socialble galley-aft layout, spacious twin-berth crew cabin

Cons:

  • Very poor standard spec, no IPS efficiency gains, finish not as good as same-cost rivals

Product:

Jeanneau Prestige 60

Manufacturers:

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Price as reviewed:

£1.24

Jeanneau have built a strong reputation by building good value, solid boats which are refreshingly unpretentious and impressive value for money. The question is, can they still live by this ethos when the boat is 63ft long and costs over £1 million?

Well the simple answer is yes, if anything, the unfussy design is at its very best on this scale and on the Prestige 60 it’s the saloon where the no nonsense design makes most sense.

The rectangular windows may not have the quirky eccentricity of some rivals but they do a fantastic job of flooding the living area in natural light, the view out is unrivalled in the class.

The other key feature of the saloon is that the first thing you come across when you enter from the cockpit doors is the galley.

This layout makes such good sense we can’t see why more manufacturers don’t do it, it puts the galley in the prime location to serve the cockpit and flybridge.

On the water the decision to use Volvo Penta IPS means that the Jeanneau feels more lively in the turns then a traditional shaftdrive boat but still feels planted when the sea gets lumpy. In the 2-3ft swell that we encountered outside Marseille on test the big Jeanneau felt reassuringly stable.
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Verdict

A big, talented flybridge cruiser which is a great entertaining platform.

Details

Displacement:23.6 tonnes light, 26.8 tonnes loaded (loaded = light +100% fuel and water)
Top Speed:28.8 knots
Cabins:3 plus crew cabin
Fuel Capacity:616 imp gal (2,800 litres)
Beam:16ft 8in (19.50m)
Cruising Speed:19.2 knots (slow) 24.9 knots (fast)
Water Capacity:176 imp gal (800 litres)
Air Draught:25ft 6in (7.78m)
RCD Category:B (for 14 people)
Length Overall:63ft 11in (19.50m)
Engines:Twin Volvo D11 700hp
Range:283 miles ay 19.2 knots
Contact:Jeanneau