Successor to the popular Princess 42 will launch at the 2013 Southampton Boat Show – Is this the best kept secret in the world of motorboats? MBM has learned that Princess will be launching a replacement for its all-conquering 42 flybridge at this year’s Southampton Boat Show.
The 42 was a monumental success for Princess, with over 300 built. So, with some refreshing honesty, “Big shoes to fill” is how Princess Yachts International is describing its new 43.
Looking to follow the same two-cabin layout as the outgoing 42, the 43 takes its styling and execution from more recent models like the 52. Sharp minimalist exterior styling mixes with a more contemporary interior. You can bet it will be a big boat, and with huge saloon windows the onboard experience should be sizeably impressive.
Up top the flybridge echoes the 52 with a wet bar and social seating aft. By the helm, there is more seating, converting to a sunbed. Twin transom doors and an optional high/low bathing platform are also offered.
Princess is renowned for introducing new models at very competitive levels and a base price of £390,000 exc VAT keeps the 43 within touching distance of the old 42.
The 43 will be available for viewing at the 2013 Southampton Boat Show on Berth M483.
Pick up the September issue (on sale 15 August) of MBM for full boat show listings for Cannes, Southampton, Amsterdam and many more. Plus, read reviews of the boats set to star this autumn, including the new Princess V48 and Fairline Targa 48.
Princess 43 Specification
LOA 47ft 6in (14.5m)
Beam: 13ft 11in (4.25m)
Engines: Twin Volvo Penta D6-370hp / 435hp shaftdrive
Max speed: 30 knots estimated
Sam Goodchild has become the highest-ranking British skipper in the Solitaire du Figaro since the race went one-design in 1991. Finishing leg 4 in 13th, the Shelterbox skipper finished the 1,938 mile race in 11th overall – an accumulated elapsed time of 10 days, 7 hours, 59 minutes and 42 seconds – two hours, 31 minutes and 19 seconds behind race winner Yann Elies.
“The best part of my race was also the hardest part, sailing down the south coast of England under the spinnaker in around 30-40knots of wind,” said Sam. “It’s always nice to sail through home waters, though it wasn’t very kind to us this time – the wind was relentless for about 12 hours. Leg 4 was definitely the toughest leg and really showed us how easy we had it over the first three legs. I am surprised at how much my performance has progressed since the 2012 race, I did not think that I’d do this well and setting a new top ranking British position is the icing on the cake really.”
Making his way into the dock shortly after Sam, Magma Structures skipper Nick Cherry finished the 520-mile Leg 4 in 16th in a time of 2 days, 10 hours, 48 minutes and 58 seconds. Nick’s consistently solid results in the teens over the four stages of the race tonight saw him finish 17th overall – an eight position improvement on his 2012 Solitaire result.
22-year old Artemis Offshore Academy sailor Jack Bouttell (left) crossed the Leg 4 finish line in 21st, putting him 21st in the overall rankings and first in the Solitaire du Figaro (first timer’s) Rookie division. In winning, Jack has become the first ever British skipper to stand on the top of the Rookie podium.
“It’s incredible to have won the Rookie category. I didn’t like to think about whether I could do it, but now I have it’s awesome – I’m really pleased. I’ve definitely exceeded my own expectations,” said an elated Jack. “The last night was definitely entertaining, 30-40 knots with the kite launching through the night with low visibility and lots of fog – it was pretty full on.”
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