Early-morning sea trials on the Cannes Yachting Competition are at all times a pleasure however for the Yacht Type group’s unique check of the brand new Prestige 690, there was a bonus – two, in reality.
Not solely had been we joined by Erwin Bamps, Model Director of Status, however we had been doubly shocked to even be accompanied by Camillo Garroni of Garroni Design, the Italian studio that has designed each Status mannequin for the reason that model launched as an offshoot of Jeanneau in 1989.
Earlier than taking the model’s new F-Line flagship out of Vieux Port, it was useful to see her berthed alongside the pioneering X70, the mannequin that launched a radical new vary for Status final 12 months, with the primary unit in Asia lately arriving in Hong Kong by way of Asia Yachting.
Each the 690 and X70 are primarily based on the identical hull as the previous 680, which was designed to accommodate the Volvo Penta IPS propulsion system.
Whereas the X70 incorporates a radical redesign of the primary deck – the place there are not any facet decks – in addition to flybridge and seashore membership, the 690 represents a extra standard improve because it assumes the function of the brand new F-Line flagship.
The 690 typically follows the signature exterior type that has helped make Status a world chief within the manufacturing of mid-sized flybridge motor yachts. Nevertheless, one design trait it has borrowed from the X70 is the exhausting prime that includes forward-angled facet helps and curved ahead struts, in addition to an electrical sunroof.
Because the yacht heads out of the port, all of us make our method to the teak-covered flybridge, which is among the many yacht’s standout options. It has been prolonged aft in comparison with the 680 and now covers 22sqm (236sqft), placing it amongst leaders in its class, the place the model competes with world heavyweights like Azimut, Ferretti, Sunseeker, Princess and Absolute.
Actually, your entire flybridge has been redesigned, with the port place of the steps among the many few similarities to the 680. As a substitute of largely fitted seating and lounging areas, the format has been fully reconfigured.
The coated ahead space incorporates a eating desk set lengthways and 6 chairs, reverse an extended moist bar to starboard that features a barbecue, sink, and fridge.
For the aft half, Status provides an island solar pad in the usual configuration. Nevertheless, the choice proven on the unit in Cannes options elegant Roda out of doors furnishings – a settee to starboard, a chair, and a low desk, all secured to the ground by a easy bolt system. Relying on the association, the furnishings is free to face the clear aft balustrade, which is one other distinction from the 680.
“The entire level is to offer house owners the power to rearrange the furnishings as they like, relying on how they want to use it that day or for that exact cruise or season,” Bamps says. “The 690 has far much less moulded and fitted furnishings as a result of we need to have individuals begin considering in another way and extra freely.”
The higher helm is to port and options twin carbon-fibre seats with armrests – reasonably than the bench seat on the 680 – and is accompanied by a C-shaped couch to starboard. The usual engines are twin 900hp IPS1200s, though we had been comfortable to listen to that the unit in Cannes had the 1,000hp IPS1350 choices.
As we took the wheel, we appreciated how straightforward it was to learn the data displayed on the 2 giant screens and the way snug a motor yacht the 690 is to pilot.
In comparatively calm morning circumstances, we had been in a position to twist and switch at leisure and managed to exceed 31 knots, sooner than our hosts had predicted. Nevertheless, the yacht’s snug cruising speeds are within the vary of 18-20 knots at 1,800-2,000rpm, when it supplies much more cheap gasoline consumption.
The yacht additionally benefited from the non-compulsory Seakeeper 18 gyro stabiliser, which was working quickly after we left the port and is particularly helpful at anchor, the place it dramatically reduces roll. As well as, the joystick proved very environment friendly in controlling the IPS pods and managing manoeuvres leaving and coming into the Previous Port.
As well as, the 690 additionally advantages from Groupe Beneteau’s new SEANAPPS know-how, which permits house owners to watch their boat in actual time, plan and schedule upkeep providers, and seek the advice of the upkeep log by way of a devoted cell app.
Different out of doors areas embody the foredeck, which has a fitted three-person solar pad that may be partly sheltered by a folding bimini. The hexagonal-topped backrests on the ahead couch are amongst notable styling upgrades.
On the different finish of the boat, the aft cockpit is comparatively standard, with a settee and teak desk, whereas the world will be shaded by an electrical solar awning that slides down between the 2 aft struts.
Status provides the interesting choice of an aft solar pad that’s behind the couch and ‘suspended’ above the swim platform. Other than being a pleasant place to lie down with a e book, it’s additionally nice for watching over household and associates enjoying within the water, which additionally helps with security.
High quality ending
Heading inside, the primary deck retains the overall format of the 680, though the décor, supplies, ending, and particulars have been notably elevated and replicate the nice furnishings launched on the X70. “The inside ending is very completely different from the 680,” Bamps emphasises.
Gray oak is the usual inside woodwork, though wenge is amongst choices, whereas nubuck or leather-based are amongst material decisions.
The open aft galley is to port, the place there’s numerous storage above and under, plus loads of working house on counter tops on all 4 sides. The galley hyperlinks properly with the eating space reverse, the place an adjustable glass eating desk and an L-shaped couch are supplemented by foldable eating chairs.
Up a step, the primary saloon has a big C-shaped couch and low desk to port and there’s even house for a dealing with couch beside the steps to the visitor cabins amidships.
In addition to giant home windows on either side, there’s additionally a sliding door to starboard, which is beneficial for the driving force and for passenger entry to and from the foredeck.
The double helm station sits atop low cabinets, whereas to the left are greater cabinets that additionally comprise the pop-up TV in a refreshing ahead location in comparison with it sometimes interrupting a facet window.
To port are the non-public steps – a Status signature – that lead down and ahead to the main bedroom, which has a excessive ceiling and loads of gentle from lengthy hull home windows.
A forward-facing mattress measuring 1.98.m by 1.60m (6ft 5in x 5ft 2in) flanked by bedside tables faces a big TV, whereas there’s even an overhead skylight with a gap hatch with electrical shade.
On the port facet, by the steps, are a chaise longue, dressing desk, and low cabinet topped by cabinets, whereas ahead is the walk-in closet with shelving, and the toilet. To starboard is an extended storage cupboard.
The saloon stairs to the visitor cabin lead right down to a hallway that divides the VIP cabin midships from both two twin cabins ahead or one other full-beam visitor stateroom with an en-suite rest room, relying on the selection of the three or four-cabin model. There’s additionally an choice for an aft twin crew cabin that’s accessible from the swim platform and has direct entry to the engine room.
Total, the Status 690 is definitely not as radical an overhaul of its predecessor because the X70, nevertheless it has benefited from a handful of chosen options and finishes launched on the latter whereas additionally displaying off a few tips of its personal.