A smaller flybridge, but a more seducing profile !
YACHT CLASS N°10 (Sept-oct-nov 2017)
Prestige - Groupe Bénéteau
The launch of the 680 in a "sportfly" version has raised many comments, mainly positives, especially from those who rightfully consider that a unit's profile is more than important. What a silhouette we have here ! Plus, she is performant and comfortable. This model is a success.
Text : Alain Brousse – Photos : J.F Roméro
The Jeanneau shipyard in Vendée - now part of Bénéteau Group - can be proud. Among other things because of the indisputable success of its Prestige brand, created in 1989, in collaboration with Garroni, the Italian design studio that still now, 28 years later, enjoys the confidence of the French company managers. Actually, Garroni has been working with the shipyard but also and mainly with JP Concept, run by Jean-François de Prémorel. And the success of this range can be measured in units sold : 4 000 ! Prestige has three families : Flybridge Line (five models from 42 to 56 feet), Coupé Line (four models from 42 to 56 feet) and Yacht Division (five models from 63 to 75 feet). The brand new 680Sportfly falls in the latest. With such a name, we immediately assumed that performance was on the menu. Actually, if we compare the 680 Fly and the 680S, both equipped with two Volvo Penta IPS1200 (2 x 900 hp), the latter displays 2.2 more knots, partly thanks to a slimming program. But most of all, aesthetes will unanimously acknowledge that her profile is more dynamic and seducing. There is a significant difference here. In our opinion, this slightly smaller flybridge makes her silhouette much more attractive. In addition, the designers also have taken in consideration the clients' wish : we live on-board as much as we admire her. The inverted wind deflector, essential on flybridges from 50 to 77 feet, is certainly to blame. It is great an effective protection, but not that much for aestheticism. Replacing it with a perfectly integrated streamlined windshield creates positive change. Hats off to the designer who created these "sexy" and balanced shapes.
A faster max speed with an equal motorization
Prestige has opted for a Volvo Penta IPS motorization : diesel engines coupled with pods. Known to have better yields than drive shafts, they allow better port and sea manoeuvrability. In addition, their far-off position freed up some valuable volumes in the middle of the lower deck. Naturally the hull shape is different and was conceived by the shipyard research department and the engine manufacturer. Another important aspect : the mass distribution has to be carefully carried out since the engines weight is close to the centre of pressure. But, with a decade of experience, Prestige is certainly used to these assemblies. Located between the skipper and master cabins (access by the cockpit hatch or the crew area), her soundproofed engine room hosts two Volvo Penta 6 cylinders D13 diesels with, as a transmission, the famous pod drives of the Swedish manufacturer. To honour this "sportfly", let's head first to the upper deck to enjoy the helm station and its two-person seating, which could benefit from an improved tilt. Her acceleration is sharp. In no more than 10 seconds, we reach 20 knots. However, some light vibrations could be felt at 1 500 rpm. In 31 seconds, the 680S reached her maximum speed : 29.2 knots. This is two more than the 680 Fly, who features the same engines. This is due to a 5.4-tons difference between their lightship weights. As for the boat general behaviour, it is above average and even satisfying during bends, as the interior list remains reasonable. Since the streamlined windshield is not as protective as the wind deflector, those with an aversion for wind shall rather opt for the interior wheelhouse, where there is a 180-degree visibility, and even a bit more. The two-person seating has a retractable edge to facilitate the standing position, more suitable for some. There is also a useful footrest for those who prefers the classical seating position. The console features three readable screens plus a right appendix with the forward-reverse throttle and the manœuvre joystick. It is worth noting that the wheelhouse fits perfectly in the main deck common area.
Charter friendly !
This boat can also boast a generous light on the main deck, coming from the large lateral windows and the sunroof we can only find on this sportfly model. It also offers an open-plan kitchen, a dining room, a saloon and an indoor helm station. Otherwise the trendy decoration and furniture are identical to the 680 Fly's. The location of the dining room, right at the entrance, opposite to the galley, allowed more space dedicated to the lounge. On starboard, the private staircase leads below deck to the full-beam central VIP and its 2.05 metres headroom. Equally comfortable but larger, the forward master cabin features the same equipment as the VIP and the twin : an en-suite bathroom with an independent shower. All these amenities make the 680S suitable for charter, both in terms of interior or outdoor layout. Let's head back to the flybridge. This hospitable and pleasant area, especially with a bimini, is fitted with a dinette for six, convertible into a sunpad. The foredeck is also pleasant thanks to its sunbed and sofa facing the direction of travel. Let's not forget the cockpit, right next to the kitchen, that can host at least six passengers for meals and snacks.
We had already appreciated the first original 680 flybridge. What could we say about the Sportfly except that she is more aesthetics and performant. With the 680S, Prestige pursues its journey towards a cloudless horizon…
Vittorio Garroni and his son Camillo have an independent studio in Genoa, yet they actually have more than a foot in Jeanneau. As a matter of fact, Camillo spends almost all his work time for the Prestige brand. For this new S range, he assumed that the flybridge-type was not "sexy" enough. His own words. Her profile also had to express more forcefully the speed while remaining aesthetics. Five months were required for the design, plus almost a year of engineering. This time was well-spent considering the outcome. The yield curve, within both the mid- and top-end ranges (between 1 500 and 2 000 rpm) is nearly flat, a typical feature of the Volvo Penta IPS system.
Overall length : 21,46 m
Max beam : 5,33 m
Draft : 1,58 m
Fuel : 3 450 l
Water : 920 l
Laden displacement : 39,6 t
Engine : 2 x Volvo Penta IPS1200
Power : 2 x 900 ch (2 x 662 kW)
Max speed : 29,2 nds
Cruising speed at 1 750 tr/min : 19 nds
Range : 405 milles
Price : 2 528 232 € TTC
Naval architect : J & J Design
Exterior & interior designer : Garroni Design et JP Concept
Builder : Prestige Yachts - Groupe Bénéteau (Les Herbiers)