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Prestige M48 - A long awaited powercat!

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Announced at the very beginning of 2022 and discreetly launched in the spring, the first powercat to be built by Prestige Yachts was to wait until the Cannes Yachting Festival to (finally) make its first appearance. This catamaran, designed by one of the most important specialists in motorboating, was eagerly awaited! We got the opportunity of an exclusive test aboard the Prestige M48 during a delivery trip along the French Riviera.
Test location: Beaulieu-sur-Mer to Saint-Raphaël (South of France)
Conditions: calm to slight sea state; remains of a residual swell from the southwest, 3 to 7 knots of westerly wind

A Prestige above all

The marketing approach has been carefully thought out: based on the principle that the brand’s customers were always asking for greater comfort and ease of use, and that this demand had reached its maximum in terms of feasibility with the latest range, the X-Line, Erwin Bamps (Prestige Yachts brand director) and his team decided, in agreement with the Bénéteau Group, to launch themselves into the powercat market. However, there was no question of “losing” the brand’s loyal customers: the idea was to offer them a Prestige, but a Prestige with two hulls. This multihull approach could have been taken on by Lagoon, another brand within the group, but the M48 project was carried out independently. Andrea Garroni, designer for all the Prestige models, was logically called upon for the M48. In terms of the Prestige lineage, the result is very convincing. All we need do is take a look at this model in more detail…

Cabins beneath the nacelle floor!

Broadly speaking, the Presti...

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