What can Princess offer in an already crowded 50ft class?
The first things you notice when approaching the Princess 50 is its height and the line of topside ports that shouts ‘midships master cabin’. Although still a true 50-footer, not a foot more or less, an increase of 8in in height over its predecessor really delivers with great headroom throughout the boat.
And while pushing things up isn’t always the best idea when it comes to aesthetics, its profile easily manages to stay sharp and sleek instead of just plain boxy.
Up on the flybridge, a generous dinette to starboard and raised sunpad set behind it feels particularly well protected behind the deep coamings.
Inside, a generous lower lounge area comes complete with a long sideboard housing a bar and icemaker and offers great views through the vast windows, which flood the whole saloon area with light.
With a full-beam master cabin, a comfortable double berth in the forward cabin and the third room has a surprising amount of space to move around in and get dressed, plus a decent amount of storage due to the bunk beds, rather than proper side by side berths.
Out on the water Princess’ reputation stays assuredly intact. Sure, it’s not the quickest, just making it to 30 knots, and it does no better in terms of speed or mpg than its predecessor but, as we’ve just remarked, this is one of the biggest, most accommodating and generous 50s you will find.
The two helm stations are excellent, the lower one having particularly good visibility. Our only real gripe with the flybridge helm, which was echoed by a couple of our owners, is that the helm seat is positioned too close to the console, making if difficult for the skipper to stand.
So there you have it, the P50 is a real corker of a boat. It is hard to imagine how a genuine 50ft cruiser could get any better than this.