Luxury on the water – and who says a 50-footer can’t turn?

Product Overview

Overall rating:

80%
Overall score:80%

Pros:

  • Sublime handling and sumptuous accommodation

Cons:

  • Stowage - less of it than expected, and cheaper finish to those locker innards

Product:

Princess Yachts 54

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£636,203.00

With its precision handling and acres of luxury interior, the Princess 54 must be the most accommodating boat in its class and price range.

From the galley looking aft, you could easily mistake this for a 60ft craft. Two separate seating areas stagger the saloon, the forward dinette doing a great cameo as an exciting vantage point underway.

To port a long run of cabinetry contains a fridge, bar area, entertainment centre and stowage. The champagne moment, though, is the 26in flat screen that rises up at the touch of a button. Great stuff.

In terms of accommodation the extra four foot packs a lot in. The full beam master cabin is the major draw with impressive details, like the fixed shelf that turns into a pull out dressing table, and quality finishes creating a sophisticated look.

There are two excellent guest cabins, the VIP suite and a twin bunk side cabin that comes with full headroom right the way through.

Out on the water, the Princess 54 continues to impress. This boat is a joy to steer. But while agility can sometimes mean a certain skittishness, the Princess carves a serious line through the water, its weight, hull length and seemingly perfect rudder setup working the magic.

That allows this boat to deliver a genuinely rewarding experience from the helm, while still retaining that long-legged cruising style that a boat like this is born for.

Tested August 2006

Verdict

If you like the P42, you’ll love the P54. And that master cabin makes life difficult for other 50-footers

Details

Top Speed:30 knots
Beam:15ft 0in (4.57m)
Length Overall:54ft 4in (16.57m)
Engines:Twin Volvo Penta D12-675 or D12-715 diesels