We continue our series on the most exciting launches at the London Boat Show with the Princess 52
The 52 is one of the most important new models in a flurry of recent Princess launches. It takes over from the 50, a boat that set a benchmark in this sector of the market, with its heady blend of grace, pace and living space.
The 52 is off to a flying start with its revised hull shape, which has a deep forefoot and a variable geometry deadrise.
In effect, this means slightly flatter aft sections, for faster planing at lower speeds. In fact, according to Princess, the 52 will be one of the most efficient boats in its class.
Princess has chosen to move the galley up onto the main deck, just inside the cockpit doors. Even though it’s inside, the galley area has teak flooring to give it a real outdoor vibe and a strong connection to the cockpit when the aft doors are open.
The location of the galley is ideal for serving the deck spaces but it is also in close proximity to the dual purpose lounge/dining area in the forward section of the saloon.
Below decks the layout is exactly the same as the larger 56 just on a slightly smaller scale. The master is transformed by Princess’s stunning one-piece hull windows and both this cabin and the VIP forward get generous ensuite bathrooms.
The twin guest cabin shares the VIP ensuite, just a small hop across the hallway.
The entry-level Volvo Penta D9 575hp engines should mean a top speed of 27 knots while the optional Caterpillar C12 715hp units will push the 52 just over the magic 30-knot barrier to an estimated top speed of 31 knots.
Length: 54ft 8in (16.66m)
Beam: 15ft 7in (4.75m)
Engines: Twin Volvo Penta D9 575hp
Top speed: 31 knots (Twin CAT 715hp)
Price from: £679,800 inc UK VAT