Princess 88 Motor Yacht to debut at Southampton

The new Princess 88 Motor Yacht will premiere at the 2013 Southampton Boat Show

The Princess 88 Motor Yacht will make its international debut at September’s PSP Southampton Boat Show.

See Princess’s video tour of the 88 Motor Yacht on the MBY Facebook page.

Princess says it has designed the 88 with efficiency lessons learned from the creation of its flagship 40m in mind. This means a resin-infused hybrid hull shape which the yard claims balances strong performance and handling with a keen eye on fuel efficiency.

The most notable feature has to be the optional folding balcony on the starboard side of the saloon. Sliding double doors connect the terrace to the saloon; this area should make for a fabulous place for sundowners in a quiet anchorage.

From here it’s an easy passage up to the bow where there are opposing benches and a spacious sunpad. A stowable foredeck table comes as standard.

Between the huge cockpit and even larger flybridge there is plenty of space to dine. The flybridge also includes an enormous wet-bar, free space aft for free standing sun beds and the option of having a hot tub.

The T-top roof that provides cover on the top deck has a sliding canvas roof to avoid totally blocking out the sun.

On board there is a laid-back lounging area in the aft section of the saloon with a formal dining table forward and the galley and lower helm station forward of that.

The standard accommodation layout comprises four cabins with a VIP ensuite in the bow, a double and twin and a splendid master ensuite amidships.

This cabin gets his ‘n’ hers sinks in the ensuite – located between the machinery space and cabin itself – as well as a small breakfast area, desk and Princess’s fabulous frameless hull windows, which are sure to be absolutely spectacular on a boat of this size.

There is also a five cabin layout which sees the master split into two smaller double cabins, both ensuite.

Aft of the machinery space there is a generous crew quarters with a double cabin for the skipper and two singles for crew plus a mess area.

There are three engine options; twin MTU 1,822hp plus two from CAT, both C32s with 1,825hp and 1,925hp respectively. The largest motors will see the 88 to a top speed of 30 knots, not bad for a boat that displaces the best part of 70 tonnes.

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