About Princess Yachts
Written By: Frank Bongiorno,
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, 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 quality you can expect with one of the best support teams in the industry from a builder and dealer relationship.
M-Class Motor Yachts
The launch of the M-Class series catapulted Princess right into the heart of the superyacht market. The 100-foot raised pilothouse motor yacht known as the 30M marked a perfect entry point for Princess to begin their superyacht line-up. Perhaps one of the most noticeably spectacular area on board is the Flybridge, which sports a flexible, modular style seating system beneath a sunroof-equipped hardtop and adjacent to a wet bar. And of course, the Princess Design Studio delivers an unmatched experience of personal service and attention to detail when it comes to working with the owner on selecting cabinetry, finishes, and all of the minor details that go into customizing your vessel.
The mid-range 35M provides a step-up from the 30-meter in size, but is just as equally luxurious as the 40M. Continuing with its trend of flexible seating options, the cockpit has been designed with entertaining in mind by featuring unique aft and forward facing seating that can be adjusted to fit your guests. The panoramic windows combined with the abundance in space create an open feeling of tranquility inside the salon of the 35M that is matched only in that of the 40m.
Having won the 2013 World Superyacht Awards, the Princess 40M has lived up to its reputation as the flagship model of the Princess fleet. 12 guests can cruise comfortably throughout six generously appointed cabins, including two master suites on the main deck and upper deck. Crew accommodations for up to eight are also perfectly secluded to offer the guests privacy and space. Powered with MTU 12V4000 engines give the 40M plenty of horsepower to cruise at 16 knots comfortably or economically at 14 knots.
Y-Class Motor Yachts
The Princess Y-Class Flybridge motor yacht series provides an unforgettable experience across the entire model line that is ingeniously crafted to appeal to even the most particular yacht owner. Only the finest in materials and construction techniques make it into the build of a Y-Class yacht which includes four models: the Y95, Y85, Y80, and the Y72. Every aspect of these yachts, whether it be in the spacious layout of the salon and cabins or the attention to detail in the propulsion, is an art-form aimed at creating a compelling experience at sea for everyone on board.
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The stunning Y72, while being the smallest model of this range, has also been widely recognized for its design. At the 2022 Motor Boat & Yachting Awards, the Y72 won the 'Best Flybridge Over 60-Feet' category. Judges at the event remarked that "there isn't a single area of this boat that feels compromised or under-designed." From the spacious flybridge, to the wide aft cockpit dining area, your guests will enjoy the ocean views from every seat.
F-Class Flybridge Motor Yachts
There is no better feeling on a yacht in the summer than cruising with the sunshine on your face with the breeze keeping you cool atop your own personal Flybridge. It’s this reason there are so many Flybridge motor yachts sold every year by Princess. The Flybridge on a Princess yacht is very technically advanced with seating, helm, and other components proportionately spaced to give the feeling of a massive area. No matter what size Princess Flybridge you are considering, every bridge is incredibly efficient and well thought-out for entertaining guests. The Princess F-Class consists of 4 models including the flagship F65, the F55, the F50, and the F45.
Also a winner at the Motor Boat and Yachting awards was the F45, a fun yacht that focuses on an owner's usability without a professional captain. This F-class model took home the 'Best Flybridge Under 60-Feet' Award, solidifying Princess Yachts' dominance of the flybridge cruising market in the categories most popular size range. Judges said, "This may be the smallest boat in the range but it feels every inch a Princess thanks to its beautifully judged interior and some very clever design work from the team at Pininfarina."
V-Class Express Yachts
The Princess V-Class series is best known for its deep-v hull that graciously glides through head seas without guests on board even aware of the disturbance. The V-series provides a “paradox of responsive power and exclusive luxury” whether on board the V40 or the V78. The striking Princess V-class series is instantly recognizable while in motion, the sleek exterior lines resembling a luxury European sports car. Princess Yachts is currently building five V-class models including
The spectacular lines of the new Princess V60 resonate with your soul with feelings of exhilaration and speed. The new model provides an exceptional entertaining experience for owner and guests whether in the salon or aft seating area. The signature retractable sunroof invites light and wind onto the helm giving a true outdoor experience with all of the comfort features for a luxurious ride.
The V78 is the flagship model of the popular V-series. It features twin MAN V12 engines capable of reaching speeds up to 39 knots, all while keeping everyone on board comfortable and the captain in control. From the cockpit to the foredeck, it's hard not to take a moment and enjoy resting on one of the over-sized sunpads.
S-Class Sport Bridge Yachts
For the owner that wants to combine the flybridge experience with the speed and versatility of the V-class models, the new Princess S-Class Sport Bridge series is a perfect solution. The space offered in the salon and staterooms is both captivating and distinctive of the Princess factory’s ability to design a layout that flows eloquently from bow to stern. The extra space and storage in the cockpit garage provides plenty of space for water sports equipment to give your guests more entertainment options while at on board. Princess has created four sport-bridge models in the S-class including the S60, S66, S72, and the new S78.
The deep-V hull design of the new Princess S78 propels you along at over 39-knots, yet feels much more comfortable than a motor yacht should at that speed, a nod to the superior construction in Plymouth. Inside the salon, you’ll find an amazing entertainment system engineered by NAIM known for their audio expertise. Staten Island Yacht Sales is pleased to offer our clients the opportunity to own any of the new Princess Yachts S-Class models with the industry-leading support through our service department.
Where are Princess Yachts Built?
The Princess Shipyard is located in Plymouth, England, on Newport Street, next to the Stonehouse bridge. The entire factory covers over 1.1 million square feet and is conveniently on the River Tamar with access out to deeper water in the English Channel. Today, Princess employs over 3,000 people at its facilities. The craftsmen that build these tremendous ships are able to create unique hulls to improve the overall performance, dryness, and comfort by using cutting-edge designs and materials.