Standing tall among its rivals, the Princess 52's aim is simple - to conquer all
The moment Princess launched its design, and displaying a scant regard for very first flybridge boat in 1973, the 37, the die was cast. Despite later evolving its very successful ‘V Class’ line of sportscruisers and more latterly the ‘M Class’ motoryacht range, flybridge boats have remained at the core of what Princess do.
You know exactly what to expect from a flybridge Princess. Never ones to reinvent the wheel, its model development has been one of gentle evolution. But, against that backdrop, this new 52 is bordering on the radical, constructed using the very latest resin-infusion techniques, featuring a next-generation hull internal layout tradition with Princess’first ever galley aft layout. Four feet longer and seven inches wider than the 50 it replaces, this is a very different boat.
Approaching the boat on its marina berth for the first time, you notice just how incredibly tall this new model is. The side decks tower 6ft over the pontoon, and you need to reach above head height to untie a warp from a spring cleat. But unlike some of the competition, it doesn’t look tall. It looks sleek. Perfectly proportioned, the exterior line is broken up by a thin knuckle line that sweeps halfway up the stem down to the waterline aft.
If you try hard enough you'll spot areas where costs have been cut, but it's fair to say that this British yard is very much on the front foot at the moment, and at times like this it's hard not to feel a little bit sorry for the competition.