Down in Plymouth, the good people at Princess seem to be particularly busy. In addition to winning the prestigious ‘Powerboat of the Year Award’ for its new V39 (the smallest of its current 23-strong fleet), this famous British boat builder has also managed to launch a pair of new Flybridge Motor Yachts…
At the upper end of the scale, we have the new MY82, with four generous ensuite cabins, an enormous upper tier and relatively quick and efficient performance on modest power. In fact, according to preliminary figures, we can expect up to 33 knots on a pair of Caterpillar C32s. As the fourth largest in the 11-strong Motor Yacht range, she also enjoys a relatively deep V for a soft ride, plus resin-infusion for lighter weight, greater strength and improved cruising efficiency.
And bolstering the bottom end of the Flybridge Motor Yacht line, just one model up from the entry-level MY42, we have the new 52. Designed as a replacement for the existing 50, she has been carefully conceived to outdo her predecessor in two key respects. Firstly, the new boat is very spacious, with a full-beam stateroom that lifts the ceiling significantly for more headroom and a feeling of greater lights and space. And secondly, with this latest incarnation of the Princess cruising hull featuring a variable geometry deadrise aft of the point of entry, we can expect not just a smoother transition to the plane, but also a wider range of planing speeds. With just a pair of 670hp Volvo D11 diesel engines or Caterpillar C12s, 30 knots should be well within reach.
In short, there are exciting things happening in 2013 for this Plymouth-based boat builder. The moment they put these new boats on the water, you can rest assured we’ll be first in line to take a closer look.
Meanwhile, take a look at the Princess V62S: British Beauty.