Motor Boat & Yachting's run down of what we think are twelve of the most important new models on display at the 2017 Southampton Boat Show
Princess 55 – Stand E055
This new 55 is likely to replace the 56 and sit between the 52 and new 62 in Princess’s flybridge range, which now runs from the 43 up to the 68.
The flybridge features two main seating areas, the aft one a spacious dinette arranged around a large teak table, and forward a U-shaped seating area that doubles up as a sunbathing space.
The main deck has an aft-galley layout with a couple of shallow steps up to the saloon, which has sociable opposing seating. To port is the dinette with a handmade coffee table that, as an option, converts into a dining table forward.
Up front, a twin helm allows guests a prime spot next to the skipper when the boat’s on the move.
Below decks, the master cabin spreads across the full 16ft (4.87m) beam of the 55 and includes a generous double berth, dresser, breakfast dinette and a well-finished ensuite bathroom.
VIP guests are looked after in a double forward with its own ensuite access to the day heads, which is shared with the twin guest cabin. As an option, you can specify electric sliding berths to quickly transform the cabin into a double.
The crew cabin may seem surplus to requirements for some, but it’s well equipped with a single berth and separate bathroom. No doubt it can be left as a storage void if it’s not required.
In the engineroom, there’s the option of MAN R6 800s or the 800hp D13s from Volvo Penta, both of which should propel the Princess 55 over 30 knots with ease.
Contact See website for dealers. Web: www.princessyachts.com