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Prestige M8: a villa on the sea

Savoring art de vivre. The Prestige M8, the new flagship of Prestige’s M-Line, has set itself an ambitious goal, thus joining the other lines of the Beneteau Group brand: the X-Line, which has the Art of Living ad infinitum as its slogan, the S- Line that combines the Art de Vivre with the word style and the F-Line that declines it with sophistication that will become “F-Line news generation” with the news and still mysterious F4 designed by Camillo Garroni, of the Garroni Design studio, founded by his father Vittorio, which has designed all Prestige yachts since 1989. The new F4 will be unveiled at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2023. (Here all our posts about Prestige Yachts)

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The new flagship of the Prestige M-Line: the M8. (© Jean-François Romero)

Franco-Italian alchemy in the new Prestige M8

Cat measuring 19.82 meters by 8.85 meters wide, the Prestige M8 is the result of the alchemy that in the only French-Italian shipyard has managed to combine, as Erwin Bamps, Brand Director of Prestige explains, French expertise in mass production on the Italian heritage in the construction of large yachts and what Bamps always indicates as the absolute attention to detail that makes unique the boats that are born in the Groupe Beneteau Italia factory.

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Wide and comfortable the trump cards of the Prestige M8. (© Nicolas Claris)

Eight Prestige M8s a year from the Groupe Beneteau Italia shipyard

The Groupe Beneteau Italia shipyard in Monfalcone, a city on the banks of the Adriatic a few kilometers from Trieste, extends over 45,000 square meters of surface and here the new M8s are born at a rate of 81 days for the construction of the hull, made in infusion with a particular solution in three sections then assembled, and the superstructure. Then another month for the preparation of interiors and systems. And here another M8 for a production that Prestige, on the wave of immediate success, has set at eight M8s per year.

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At Groupe Beneteau Italia, in addition to Prestige, yachts are built for the Beneteau, Jeanneau and Monte Carlo Yachts brands.

A cockpit that descends into the sea on the Prestige M8

“It’s a villa on the sea!”. This is the definition that Erwin Bamps gives to the new M8 which aims to respond to the demand of an ever younger public and which precisely asks to be able to have the same services on board as it is possible to have on land. And so everything on the Prestige M8 is dedicated to space. Starting with the cockpit which extends onto a mobile stern platform designed by the Italian Opac Mare which, lowering, becomes a beach area and lift for the tender.

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A top view showing the aft platform of the Prestige M8. (© Jean-François Romero)

Prestige M8: a yacht for outdoor living

There is also space in the bow, with a real open-air lounge and on the flybridge which adds another 50 square meters of outdoor living with its stern terrace, the central area with wet bar, table and chairs, as well as the wheelhouse from which to manage the two Volvo V Drives that allow 20 knots of maximum speed and 15 knots of cruising.

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The real bow living room of the Prestige M8. (© Nicolas Claris)

An interior design that opens up spaces

In name of lightness Valentina Militerno de Romedis, who signs the interior design, in the saloon, which is connected to the cockpit with a full beam glass and is surrounded by continuous windows, for the separation between the conversation area and the one with the dining area , the bridge and the galley (which may also be on the lower deck) has used thin stainless steel elements that define the areas without placing rigid diaphragms.

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The truly open plan saloon of the Prestige M8. (© Nicolas Claris)

Customized solutions on the Prestige M8

And the same elements have been used to mark the staircase leading to the fly bridge and those leading down to the two areas dedicated to guests which can be modulated into three or four guest cabins. In both solutions, the owner’s cabin is forward and in a central position. Access is in the saloon, next to the bridge. The cabin is arranged like a double for the beam and in its 30 square meters of surface it offers, in addition to the large bathroom, a relaxation area with sitting area.

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On the Prestige M8 the owner’s cabin with bed is arranged across the beam. (© Nicolas Claris)

Attention to the environment and energy efficiency for the Prestige M8

“The quintessence of our capabilities in terms of design, elegance and finish”. This is how Erwin Bamps summarizes the Prestige M8 which adds solid technical qualities to the many aesthetic and living qualities. Like the reduced consumption thanks to the water lines designed by Marc Lombard which reduce consumption and C02 emissions and the possibility, with the optional installation of the Silent Boat Pack integrated with solar panels and lithium batteries, to navigate with zero emissions. One more element to meet the needs of customers increasingly attracted by catamarans and attentive to the environment and its defense.

Emilio Martinelli

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