The first model from the Plymouth yard built from the hull upwards to be a sportsbridge, the Princess S65 could be the best example of genre yet

Product Overview

Princess S65

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Pros:

  • 37-knot performance
  • Four good cabins
  • Excellent master cabin
  • Sumptuous detailing
  • Flybridge and sunroof

Cons:

  • Small flybridge
  • Pokey crew cabin
  • Erm, I'm struggling...

Product:

Princess S65 review

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£1,984,308.00 (inc UK VAT)

Strong performance

Performance is an important part of the S range’s ethos, hence why our test boat was fitted with a pair of thumping great MAN 1,400hp V12s. And they have the desired effect, topping out at a comfortable 37 knots during our speed runs.

Two big V12 diesels yet still plenty of space in the engineroom

Two big V12 diesels yet still plenty of space in the engineroom

That’s some pace and though it doesn’t do much for the fuel efficiency the beauty of these top spec motors is a) the mid-range grunt, which never gets boring and is great in a heavy seaway and b) the subsequent ease with which the S65 will clip along at just over 30 knots.

The engines aren’t working all that hard at this speed and therefore progress is rapid yet laid-back and refined.

The ensuite in the master is aft of the headboard, adding extra insulation from the motors

The ensuite in the master is aft of the headboard, adding extra insulation from the motors

There are two other engine options, the V8 MANs with 1,200hp apiece and the smallest 1,150hp units from Caterpillar.

Neither of which are sluggish in themselves, the latter good for a quoted 35 knots and even the Cats will manage around 34 knots.

For the full report on the Princess S65, pick up the January 2016 issue of Motor Boat & Yachting.

Contact See Princess website for dealers

Verdict

What we have here is a boat with the Princess strongholds of quality and refinement with the added glitz of those striking looks and barnstorming performance.

Despite the sportsbridge design the interior spaces are excellent and, if you are on board with the smaller flybridge, there is a serious amount to like about the S65.

Details

Length:66ft (20.12m)
Beam:16ft 9in (5.08m)
Draft:4ft 9in (1.47m)
Displacement:30 tonnes
Fuel capacity:902 imp gal (4,100 litres)
Water capacity:192 gal (873 litres)
Test engines:Twin MAN 1,400hp
Top speed:37 knots
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