Princess to restore Project 31 for 50th anniversary
Motorboat & Yachting: Princess Yachts is due to restore its first ever model, the Project 31, as part of the company’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
Project 31, the first ever model to come out of the Plymouth yard half a century ago, is due to be renovated and given a modern Princess twist.
The original hull design spawned 150 different versions, which were sold worldwide, but the Princess team is going right back to where it all began for this historic project.
Original parts will be removed and sent to various parts in the company’s Plymouth facility, where they will be repaired and reconditioned. And the Princess Design Studio will be emulating the original design with a “nostalgic interior concept” that uses modern materials.
David King, director and founding member of Princess, said of her arrival: “I am delighted to see a Project 31 return to Plymouth after all this time. At first glance she’s in pretty good condition – although there is plenty of work to be done. We’ve got great plans for her and I’ll be delighted to see her brought back to life.”
No exhibition details or dates have been revealed yet, but the smart money is on a public display being ready in time for the September boat show season.