Yachting Boating World: Sunseeker 95 Yacht will get its world premiere at at the British Motor Yacht Show at Swanwick Marina from 20th – 22nd May 2016 and Princess will be showcasing their first flybridge with IPS, Princess 49.

 

Sunseeker will launch the eagerly anticipated 95 Yacht at the British Motor Yacht Show. The new yacht exemplifies the latest in Sunseeker’s cutting edge design and build processes. Fully equipped for luxury entertaining, its open plan layout and striking lines manifests a super yacht feel with all the practical advantages of a yacht in this size category.

Princess will also be showcasing their first flybridge with IPS for the first time, the Princess 49.

Other British luxury yacht brands to showcase their craft at Swanwick Marina will be Fairline with their Squadron 60, Squadron 48, a Targa 48GT and a Targa 38 Open. These iconic companies will be joined by a host of handpicked industry-leading exhibitors.

Now in its fourth year, the British Motor Yacht Show promises to deliver a stunning line up of the best of British motor yachts, leading engine manufacturers, marine electronic specialists, Williams RIBS and luxury car brands such as Porsche and Maserati.

Open daily, between 10am and 5pm each brand will showcase a line-up of new and used yachts, in the water and on shore, with some measuring up to 98 feet.

Peter Bradshaw, Chief Executive at Premier Marinas said: “This show is a renowned event and key to the Premier diary as it becomes more prestigious each year. I’m delighted that Swanwick Marina will once again host this collaboration between three of the biggest names in British motor yacht sales”.

This is a not-to-be-missed show for buyers and boat lovers, where they will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the most famous motor yachts in the world and speak to experts on all the exciting aspects of motor yacht ownership. There is also the opportunity to take a tour of Premier’s flagship Hamble river marina with its multimillion pound boatyard and luxury facilities.

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Motorboat & Yachting: 2016 British Motor Yacht Show will see the launch of the Princess 49 – the first IPS-powered flybridge from the Plymouth yard.

 

Princess Motor Yacht Sales has announced that the Princess 49 will be getting its public debut at the 2016 British Motor Yacht Show (May 20-22).

The Swanwick Marina event will also feature models from Fairline and Sunseeker, but Princess Yachts hopes to steal the show with this new arrival.

Announced at the 2015 Southampton Boat Show, the Princess 49 is the first flybridge model from the Plymouth yard to feature Volvo Penta’s IPS pod-drive propulsion system.

Princess is estimating a top speed of 35 knots, with an economical fast cruising speed of 30 knots.Key features include a pair of seating areas on the flybridge, with the aft bench converting into a sunpad. An icebox is fitted as standard, but the upper grill and wetbar is an optional extra.

The main deck features a galley-aft layout with a full-height fridge/freezer, while the accommodation is split between a full-beam amidships double, twin bunk beds to starboard, and a scissor-action double in the bows.

Princess fans hoping to get a first glimpse of the Princess 49 should head along to Swanwick Marina on May 20 for the official unveiling.

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Motorboat & Yachting: Princess Yachts are cutting 172 job, down from the company’s original estimate of 350 workers because of the restructuring.

 

Princess Yachts has confirmed that 172 workers have lost their jobs as a result of the recent restructuring at the yard in Plymouth.

It was announced in January that Princess estimated that 350 jobs could be lost.

“Thanks to positive engagement with the workforce and trade union representatives, and a number of employees seeking voluntary severance, the company has been able to minimise the impact of redundancies”, said a spokesperson of the company to the Plymouth Herald.

Meanwhile Workers’ Union Unite, Dave Springbett told the BBC News: “The fact the union and management together have managed to protect the number of compulsory redundancies by a big margin is good news, but that shouldn’t take away from the drastic effect it’s going to have on some workers.”

Princess Yachts are one of the biggest employers in the South West, employs more than 2,000 people in Plymouth and the company recently established an out-placement service to help the 172 former employees find new jobs.

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Motorboat & Yachting: Princess Yachts has announced line-up of eight models at the 2016 Swanwick Marina Pre-Season Boat Show.

 

The line-up for the 2016 Swanwick Marina Pre-Season Boat Show is starting to take shape, and it looks like Princess Yachts is going to steal the show with extensive line-up of eight models from the current collection with the most notable, Princess V58 Open.

The largest model in the Princess collection will be the Princess 98MY, while the Princess 56 will be the smallest new model on display at Swanwick Marina from March 5-6, with free entry and ample on-site parking.

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Yachting & Boating World: New chairman Antony Sheriff joins shortly after Princess announced it would cut 350 jobs.

Antony Sheriff will take over from Philippe Mellier at Princess who will remain on the board of the Princess holding company.

Antony Sheriff used to work for McLaren for a decade but he took the carmaker to court following his resignation in 2013.

Antony Sheriff joins Princess just weeks after it was announced that it would cut 350 jobs as part of a company restructure. Princess employs around 2,000 at its headquarters in Plymouth on the UK’s south coast, and said the cuts would affect the back office, development and production divisions.

Princess is launching new yacht models in 2016 despite its economic troubles.

In a statement about the management change, managing director Chris Gates said: “It was an absolute pleasure to have worked with Philippe Mellier over the past year as he was really passionate about the brand and product and I thank him for all of his efforts.

“I’m delighted to welcome Antony Sheriff to Princess as our new executive chairman. I can clearly see his experience and energy adding tremendous value to our business and I am looking forward to working alongside him to further develop Princess over the coming years.”

“Over 50 years, Princess has built a well-deserved reputation for building the finest boats in its class and I am looking forward to working with Chris and the rest of the brilliant team at Princess, to continue to build the best and most innovative products while delivering the best customer experience in the industry.

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Motorboat & Yachting: The Plymouth-based boatbuilder has confirmed that it will be bringing the new Princess 75 to the London Boat Show.

 

Princess Yachts has announced that it will be bringing the new Princess 75 to the London Boat Show, confirming the leaked information we reported last month.

The Plymouth-based yard explains that its launch is ahead of schedule and that the Princess 75 will replace the 88MY in the line-up heading to the Excel Centre next month (8-17 January).

Performance will be a key selling point, with a choice of three engine set-ups offering an estimated top speed of 35 knots.

Up on the flybridge, owners will find three seats at the helm station, a U-shaped dining area and sunpad aft.

Moving onto the main deck and the unique floor-to-ceiling window on the port side provides a real wow-factor.

Accommodation is provided by three en-suite guest cabins in the bows and an amidships owner’s cabin, which gets its own private staircase.

Other key features include a walk-through bow seating area and sliding glass doors that allow for a seamless flow between the cockpit and saloon.

See article at Motorboat & Yachting

Motorboat & Yachting: The S-class range is expanding, with the Princess S65 due to be unveiled in the autumn, the Plymouth yard has announced.

 

Princess Yachts has announced a new S-class model that will be launched in the autumn, known as the Princess S65. The new arrival follows on from the launch of the S72, which was billed as a sportsbridge – as it combines the best bits of both a flybridge and sportscruiser.

The layout on the Princess S65 will include an aft galley across from the main dining area, which is connected to the cockpit by an electrically-opening aft window.

Below decks, Princess will fit four cabins and three heads compartments as standard, with a rear crew cabin offered as an optional extra. Other key features include a transom garage that can swallow up a tender measuring up to 3.3m (10’10”).

Engine options haven’t been disclosed yet, but the Princess S65 has been designed to hit a top speed of 38 knots, with a fast cruising speed of 30 knots.

It is not yet clear which autumn boat show Princess will choose for the unveiling of the S65, but all the key details will be revealed on MBY.com as soon as we get them.

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Testing: When asked if Motorboat & Yachting wanted to go to Plymouth to test the Princess 82and Princess 88 motor and yacht back-to-back, they jumped at the chance.

This is an interesting comparison because on the face of it the two boats look very similar. Both have large, extended flybridges, enormous one-piece hull windows and those classic Princess lines.

But underneath, they are quite different. The 82 is, according to Princess, the largest manifestation of the Princess flybridge boat. It has the famous Olesinski planing hull and the performance and handling that makes a Princess such an enjoyable boat to be behind the wheel of.

In its own factory tests, Princess has seen an 82 with 1,800hp CAT C32s hit 37 knots flat out, pretty staggering for something that weighs over 50 tonnes.The 88 has a “hybrid” hull, which is designed to be comfortable and fuel efficient at 8-12 knots but still able to top 27 knots if you want to get a move on.

The 88 is also where you begin to get some of the superyacht treatment, filtering down from the 32 and 40 Metre. So the level of personalisation goes up and you have private consultations with the yard’s Mayfair-based Princess Design Studio as part of the package.

We decided to focus on the 82 as it is a bit more of an MBY boat. (Slightly) smaller and, from all accounts, more of a driver’s boat.

The test boat was fitted with CAT C32 1,700hp engines, good for a top speed of 31.5 knots with fin stabilisers on board. The fins undoubtedly did a great job in rough conditions off of Plymouth but in terms of driving enjoyment their extra weight reduced top speed and their insistance on trying to keep the boat upright dulled the handling somewhat, too.

Of course, this is all totally elementary because who really cares about whether an 82ft flybridge is fun to chuck around? And no one is going to be sniffing at the fact that it only managed 31.5 knots.

But nevermind that small detail, where there is fun to be had is with the immense power of those engines. The way the 82 picks up in the mid-range is astonishing, huge waves of torque summon from the depths of the engineroom and thrust it forward at an alarming rate for something so massive. It’s simply immense, and this wasn’t even the largest engine option.

Elsewhere, there is little to complain about. You can pay extra to have the Princess Design Studio treatment but even without that there is plenty of scope to adjust colours, woods, materials and other cosmetic elements.The one-piece hull windows that Princess has started to use across its range are particularly magnificent on a boat of this size. I spent most of my time on the water sitting in the master cabin watching the world rush by.

A full report on the 82 (and some more detail on the 88) will be going into a future issue of the magazine.

See full article and test drive of Princess 82 at Motorboat & Yachting – click here

 

Princess 67 hits Thames Bridge with hundreds of spectators in this week’s Boat Fail.

We weren’t able to not have this video as our boat fail of the week. This chap took advantage of having a beautiful boat on a beautiful weekend, but what happened was far from beautiful.

It appears as the Princess 67 made its was along the Thames to Richmond Bridge, it slowed to take the bridge carefully. However going at the same speed as the tide it was ‘dead’ in the water and lost steerage.
With hundreds of people watching from the banks, the helmsman didn’t back away enough and ended up pinned against the bridge.

See video at Motor Boats Monthly – Click here

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We put the Princess S72 to the test in the Miami heat – A 9,000-mile, 19-hour round trip stood between us and the new Princess S72. But who are we to complain about spending a couple of days in the sun-drenched glamour of Florida’s West Palm Beach? And, after all, this is a very important new boat, not only for Princess but also in terms of the genre it fits in to.

The S72 marks new territory for Princess into the sportsbridge arena. Based on the hull of the V72 the S delivers sportscruiser looks and sportiness but also has a flybridge the size of a 50 footer’s up top.

The boat comes with three engines options, two from CAT with 1,620 and 1,725hp respectively and one from MAN, a pair of thumping great V12 1,800s.

The test boat had the larger CAT option and got up to just shy of 40 knots.

Inside, the galley-down layout makes for a mercifully clear view, not only out of both sides of the boat but also aft. The layout below decks is exactly  the same as the V72 so that means three cabins in total with a master amidships, VIP forward and a twin guest cabin to starboard. Each has their own bathroom but the twin cabin’s also acts as the day heads.

As mentioned above, the flybridge is significantly smaller than a true 72ft flybridge boat’s but lamenting this fact sort of misses the point. The S72’s top deck is still plenty large enough, with a good amount of seating around a large table and, even more importantly, a sporty central driving position.

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