Princess responds to Fairline and Sealine's flybridge challenge

With Fairline and Sealine both due to launch new 40ft flybridge models at the Southampton Boat Show, Princess has responded with an upgrade of its best-selling P42.

In the new model, the saloon window line has been increased in size, as have the cabin ports, with triple sliding doors opening up the saloon that bit more than the old double cockpit doors.

Staying inside, a new, sharper cabinetry style will see the interior keep pace with larger motoryachts in the range.

The flybridge layout looks to have remained, with no change to the port-side helm seating, one of the few criticisms of the old 42 as it hemmed in the skipper if joined by a companion.

MBM expects prices to remain close to the £390,000 being asked for the 2009/10 model, keeping the Princess competitive with the £370,00 Sealine F42 and Fairline Squadron 41.

Read the MBM review of the original Princess 42.

Look out for our special Southampton preview in the September issue of Motor Boats Monthly, on sale 18 August 2010.