Countdown to Cannes Yachting Festival 2022: Prestige M48

Prestige Yachts has revealed more details of its first ever power catamaran, the Prestige M48, which is due for its world premiere at the 2022 Cannes boat show...

After more than two years in development, Prestige’s first motor cat is set for its debut at the 2022 Cannes Yachting Festival, and given the ingenuity of its design, it should be well worth a look.

Rather than taking a traditional approach to the internal deck layouts, Prestige has attempted to leverage every inch of the M48’s multihull footprint by means of a full-beam lower deck that makes great use of the region between the hulls.

This is a technique we’ve seen before on boats like Fountaine Pajot’s MY5 and it’s an interesting solution. On the one hand, a low-slung bridge deck opens up plenty of fresh volume, freeing the cabins from the confines of the hulls. On the other, it could reduce efficiency by increasing weight and drag.

But this is no sailing cat adaptation. This is a purpose-designed motor cat with optimised architecture and hull design, plus a standard powerplant around which the boat was designed, so there is every reason to expect good things.

The new M48’s semi-displacement hulls will be paired with twin 320hp Volvo Penta D4s on V-drives, giving the Prestige M48 a maximum speed of around 20 knots. With 1,200l fuel capacity as standard, Prestige is quoting a range of 250nm at 15 knots, increasing to 550nm at 8 knots.

If that proves to be true, you can expect to burn between 1.75 and 3.85 litres of fuel per nautical mile – or between 14 and 50 litres per hour – which would support Prestige’s claims of 20% efficiency gains over the equivalent monohull.

As for the living spaces, they look equally well suited to long-distance cruising. While the main deck saloon makes great use of the 6m beam with a large port lounge and starboard galley, the 5m-wide aft cockpit features seats in all four corners for a more sociable vibe and two tables that link up to make one big one for dining.

A single sliding door gives access from the aft cockpit to the saloon but a window next to it also swings up flush with the flybridge overhang to make it feel more open and create a shared countertop between the galley and cockpit. There’s a single person helm position tucked in the starboard corner too.

The side decks are another beneficiary of the multihull design, being twice the width of a typical monohull’s with tall guardrails making them safer and easier for guests to move along and access the foredeck bow-lounge with its unusual aft-facing dinette. Up top, a 215ft² flybridge can be specced with an optional hardtop for summer cruising.

The Prestige M48 comes with two private double guest cabins aft, which feature transverse beds that slide together to make a big double when needed.

The forward area can either be specified as a spectacular full beam owner’s cabin with a large ensuite shower room to port and a separate toilet to starboard, or as two more double guest cabins with smaller ensuite bathrooms. In all cases, there is plenty of lateral space in the bow for the optional crew cabin.

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The French yard insists that the Prestige M48 isn’t just another multihull but a uniquely different power cat with the same look and feel as its F-Line flybridge models.

For instance, the maximum beam of 19ft 8in (6.00m), while 5ft wider than a typical 50ft monohull, is still 4ft narrower than a power cat like the Leopard 46PC. It’s taller than most too, with a deep bridge deck that links the two hulls making it feel more like a monohull below decks.

Combined with a sleek side profile and easy handling characteristics, it is hoped this will make it more appealing to existing monohull owners as well as less daunting to first time buyers.

These dimensions still allow for very generous indoor and outdoor spaces, which Prestige’s product marketing manager Rosie Le Gall says are comparable to those of a 60ft monohull.

A central hi-lo platform adds to the real estate, sliding up and down between the two fixed smaller platforms to launch and recover the tender as well sitting flush with them to create an extended swimming/sunbathing area.

Prestige’s general manager Erwin Bamps says the move into powercats is a response to market trends for more space, better fuel efficiency and increased stability. He reckons they are also more likely to appeal to first time buyers, because life aboard is closer to what they are used to in their own homes. We can expect to see a bigger M-Line join the range soon.

Prestige M48 specifications

LOA: 48ft 6in (14.79m)
Beam: 19ft 7in (6.00m)
Engines: Twin 320hp Volvo Penta D4s on V-drives
Top speed: 20 knots
Starting price: Available on application