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Jeanneau brings power to U.S.

Jeanneau brings power to U.S.

For the past several years Jeanneau America has considered bringing Jeanneau powerboats to the United States. While the French builder’s sailboats have populated U.S. waterways for years, its Prestige line of inboard cruising boats made it to America in 2005 with the introduction of the Prestige 32, 36 and 46.

This year Jeanneau has introduced a new two-stateroom model, the Prestige 42. The company also offers smaller cabin boats, runabouts and fishing boats — all of its vessels are built in France — but it is getting off the ground in the United States with the larger Prestige models.

“We’ve been building powerboats side by side with the sailboats since 1957 and, in fact, started with powerboats,” says Paul Fenn, president of Jeanneau America in Annapolis, Md.

Public reaction to the Prestige 46, introduced last year at the Miami International Boat Show, was encouraging, Fenn says. It paved the way for the U.S. introductions of the Prestige 32, 36 and now the 42.

“Anyone that falls in love with the 46 but doesn’t need a 46-foot boat and doesn’t need three cabins would fall in love with the 42,” says Fenn.

The 42’s hull was designed by Michael Peters, whose offices are in Sarasota, Fla. The boat has a 13-foot, 8-inch beam, twin-inboard configuration, and reaches a top speed of about 35 mph with its 6-cylinder 425-hp Cummins diesels.

The flybridge is laid out for relaxing and entertaining. In addition to dual bucket seats at the helm, there is a sun lounge to port that becomes a settee moving aft, with a table. A curved, forward-raked windshield wraps around the forward portion of the flybridge, and a railing provides security for the aft portion. The flybridge includes a swept-back radar arch.

Starboard-side molded steps lead to the cockpit, which has a teak sole, transom seat and access to the swim platform. There are molded steps up to the side decks on both sides of the boat.

The saloon, accessed from the cockpit through sliding glass doors, has seating to port and starboard. The port-side lounge seat converts to a double berth. A galley-down that’s open to the saloon also is located to port, and is equipped with a microwave, refrigerator/freezer, and two-burner electric stove. To starboard is U-shaped seating with a table, and forward of that is the raised lower helm station, with bench seating for two and room to stand at the wheel.

The twin-cabin layout below places the master stateroom forward and the second stateroom to starboard, beneath the helm station. The master stateroom has a centerline island berth, a pair of hanging lockers, and a private head compartment with shower located aft and to port. The second stateroom has a pair of berths, a hanging locker, and en-suite access to the starboard side head/shower compartment, which also can be accessed from the passageway.


LOA: 43 feet, 9 inches Beam: 13 feet, 8 inches draft: 3 feet, 5 inches Displacement: 24,251 pounds HULL TYPE: modified-vee TRANSOM DEADRISE: 18 degrees TANKAGE: 317 gallons fuel, 137 gallons water, 32 gallons waste

ENGINE OPTION: twin 425-hp Cummins diesels SPEED: 35 mph top, 26 mph cruise PRICE: $569,000 (includes generator, air conditioning, bow thruster) CONTACT: Jeanneau America, Annapolis, Md. Phone: (410) 280-9400.