The Princess Yachts story began more than 50 years ago in Plymouth, England when a group of friends, including an ex-Naval officer named David King, decided to form a company called Marine Projects in an effort to build a superior cruising boat. With an old 31-foot mold and a rented out shed, the team meagerly launched the very first model dubbed Project 31. Over the next several years and many advancements, Marine Projects launched the Princess 32 in 1969 which became the first model to bear the Princess name. It was just one of many changes however that would evolve the Princess brand into what we know it to be today.
In 1995, a relationship was forged between Viking Yachts in New Greta, New Jersey and the Princess Yachts Limited factory in England. The goal was to bring the Princess brand of luxury cruising yachts to the American market, but backed by the well-known reputation of the Viking Yacht Company. This new style of sport yacht became known as the Viking Sport Cruiser, which was built in the same process as the Princess Yacht, yet with differences for the U.S. market including things like larger refrigeration , more horsepower in the engines, and converted electrical systems and components on board.
Much has changed since the launch of the first Viking Sport Cruiser back in 1996, including the purchase of the brand by the world-renown LVMH family of luxury brands which includes over 60 of the top companies worldwide known for exceeding expectations including Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Feadship Yachts, Veuve Clicquot and De Beers. Now known as Princess Yachts and distributed to Staten Island Yacht Sales through Princess Yachts America, the ever-expanding line-up now boasts models into the super yacht range at up to 40 meters.
Every employee at the shipyard in Plymouth is touted as a skilled craftsman at their trade and there are multiple generations of families that have all become part of the Princess family. With an experienced workforce and all of the finishes done in-house, Princess is able to maintain a very particular level of quality control not seen at most yacht builders. The deep-V hull that Princess has become synonymous with over the years continues to be the mainstay in design although production technology has continued to improve and with it, the level of performance and expectations. It’s no wonder then why Princess uses the tagline “Experience The Exceptional”. One visit to the Princess factory with the team from Staten Island Yacht Sales and the choice becomes very clear as to the exceptional level of experience you can expect with a new Princess Yacht.