MBY can reveal exclusive pictures of the new Princess S72
Motor Boat & Yachting can exclusively reveal details of the new Princess S Class range, spearheaded by the Princess S72.
The S72, which will make its international debut at February’s Miami Boat Show, takes the best bits from the 72 Motor Yacht and V72 to make a sportbridge.
The idea is to give the double-deck decadence of a flybridge with the sleek looks and performance of a sportscruiser.
Princess chairman David King explains the concept: “S Class Sportbridge yachts will deliver a new level of design whilst honouring the ideals of a true performance craft, with our advanced deep-vee hull designs and lower profiles delivering the very best in fast and highly efficient cruising in all sea conditions.”
On board there are three cabins including a terrific master ensuite, which takes full advantage of Princess’s new hull window design.
The interior design is likely to be racier, too, with contemporary colours and materials adding a more exotic touch in an aim to go toe-to-toe with the Italians.
One look at the saloon rendering and you can see the more modern twist; that is, of course, if you can pull yourself away from staring out of the truly massive side windows.
We really like the look of the seating and sunbathing space on the bow, somewhat compensating for the slightly smaller top deck than you will find on a more ‘regular’ flybridge.
Performance will separate the S72 from its flybridge relative even further because with the largest twin MAN 1,800hp V12s it will hit an impressive 38 knots at full whack.
Even with the entry level MAN C32 1,622hp lumps it will comfortably manage 35 knots and fast cruise at 30.
This is an exciting foray into a niche market for Princess and with the launch of the S80 predicted foe 2015 and two other models planned for the range, we can’t wait to see how the S Class line-up develops.
Length 74ft (22.6m)
Beam 17ft 8in (5.4m)
Displacement 43.3 tonnes
Engines Twin CAT C32 1,622hp/C32 1,723hp/MAN V12 1,800hp
Top speed 38 knots (twin 1,800hp)
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