With such a design pedigree behind it, it’s no wonder that the emphasis on-board the Prestige 400 is on functional, simple elegance. The nicely complementing materials include dark wood flooring (on our test boat, these were covered by white carpeting) and tan wood panelling and furnishings. The main saloon passageway cuts up through the yacht along the port side, with a straight settee to the left and the circular settee and saloon table on the right.
This off-centre passageway leads up to the starboard side helm station. The helm station here is afforded excellent views. Indeed, the entire saloon is well-lit, owing to the large windows and wide back entrance. For the owner/operator of a Prestige 400 at the lower helm station, there’s never a moment when you’d feel constrained or unable to see. Thankfully, the screens on the main deck helm station seem to be protected against glare. These are good things to note, as the 400 is certainly a yacht to be run by her owner (or most trusted partner).
Heading forward of the helm station, the passageway leads naturally down to the galley area. Here, one has the benefit of light from the forward windows coming down to fill the galley, as well as the main landing area that breaks off into the cabins and heads. There is plenty of stowage space in the galley area to ensure hot and cold meals and drinks for at least a few days away from the marina, tucked away at some lovely anchorage. Whoever takes on galley duties will find easy access to the helm and to anyone in the saloon area.
The simplicity of the arrangements and design extends down to the lower deck, where the companionway offers entrances to the forward master cabin, with a twin cabin to starboard side. The day head separates to the two cabins, while the main cabin is ensuite.
The master cabin is a standard bow-cabin arrangement, and you can tell by looking around that every nook and cranny has been put to work as storage. Most likely however, owners, friends and family aren’t going to be out of their swimsuits for very much of the time on a yacht like this.
Jeanneau seem to have done a good job creating a fun, coastal cruising yacht that should appeal to boaters wanting to get out on the water for the first time in comfort, safety, and of course, style. As a starter yacht, the 400 is an excellent starting point, with easy manoeuvring and good rear visibility making marinas easier to handle. The design experience of Jeanneau, with many years and thousands of small-scale production boats under their belt, means that boaters will be getting a yacht that’s well suited to its intended use.
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Technical Specifications – Jeanneau Prestige 400
Length Overall – 12.15m (39’ 10”)
Hull Length – 11.98m (38’11”)
Maximum Beam – 3.9m (12’9”)
Draught – 0.85m (2’9”)
Air draught – 4.73m (15’ 6”)
Displacement – 8500kg (18739lbs)
Fuel capacity – 800L (212 US Gal)
Water capacity – 400L (106 US Gal)
Cabins – 2
Berths – 6
Category – B9/C10
Naval Architects – GarroniDesign
Exterior and interior design – Michael Peters
Engines – 2 X Cummin QSB 5.9 330HP (or 380HP)