Can this entry-level flybridge boat deliver the goods?
Entry-level flybridges are like budget luxury hotels, in that you rarely find one you’d like to spend time in, but this 350 looks the real deal. It should do, given that Jeanneau practically built its motorboat reputation on the Prestige 36 and 32. Both boats offered lots of affordable flybridge cruising ability and were hugely popular with buyers but now they’re gone, to be replaced with the Prestige 350.
The Prestige’s £200,000 price tag comes with a specification and fitout that are certainly higher than a fisher’s. There’s a pretty lengthy list of options to add to the Prestige 350’s base price though. Jeanneau bundles some of these up into packs but it still leaves quite a bit to add on. The Preference option costs around £20,000 and the Excellence pack adds another £5k for what is really just a cockpit canopy.
Our advice would be to go for the Preference pack and have a canopy made locally to you. You can knock around £10,000 off both these figures if you forego the joystick control but this may effect the boat’s resale value.
Sharp, smart and lots of fun, the 350 is well up to the task of taking over from the old 32 and 36. The need for a larger forward cabin is the only blot on an otherwise highly competent cruiser.