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.
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.
British powerboat champion Shelley Jory-Leigh will be supporting disabled teen sailor Natasha Lambert by leading her safety boat team during the 2014 Sea and Summit challenge.
On 24 July, Natasha, aged 17, who has cerebral palsy and sails using her mouth to operate a ‘sip and puff’ mechanism, will embark on a month-long challenge sailing single-handed down the South West coast of England to Wales.
Shelley and her safety boat team (Gary Coleman, Dan Whapples and Andy Smith) will accompany Natasha on the 430-mile journey, following in an eight-metre rigid inflatable boat (RIB) powered by a BF250 engine kindly donated by Honda UK.
Shelley said: ‘I’m so excited to be supporting Natasha on her remarkable journey this July and August. ‘Honda has provided me with my old start boat from my early Honda racing days which is fantastic. I would also like to thank Redstone, who are supporting our team to be able to make this happen.
‘Ever since I first met Natasha I’ve remained friends with her and wanted to support her. She has been out in a powerboat with me and just laughed the whole time wanting to go faster!
‘Her magnetism and enthusiasm to succeed overwhelms me. She is determined to lead a more than normal life.’
Natasha said: ‘Shelley is just awesome and she’s a fab role model. I’m so lucky to have her and her team helping me and I really appreciate them giving up their time.
‘I’m so excited about this adventure- it’s going to be epic!’
The Sea and Summit challenge will see Natasha sail 430 miles and climb 2,907ft whilst raising money for the RNLI, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and the RYA Foundation, as well as the profile of sailing for people with disabilities.
A Google executive who was found dead on his 50ft yacht in November last year was killed when a prostitute injected him with heroin, say Police in Santa Cruz.
Alix Tichelman, 26, was arrested on July 4 and later charged with manslaughter and other charges over the death of Forrest Hayes, a 51-year-old engineer and married father of five who had worked for Google, Apple and Sun Microsystems in Silicon Valley.
Police say they have uncovered video footage of Ms Tichelman injecting the victim with heroin on the yacht and leaving when he suffered a bad reaction to the drugs and fell unconscious.
Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark said Ms Tichelman could be seen calmly gathering her possessions as Mr Hayes lay dying.
“The video shows the victim suffering medical complications and going unconscious,” Clark said. “Rather than provide first aid or call 911, Ms Tichelman proceeds to gather her belongings including the heroin and needles.
“The video also shows Ms Tichelman stepping over the victim’s body several times as she is gathering her belongings.
“At one point, she steps over the body to finish a glass of wine. Finally, she leaves the boat and reaches back in to lower the blind and conceal the victim’s body from outside view.”
According to KSBW.com, the two met through a website called Seeking Arrangements which aims to connect “sugar daddies” with “sugar babies” for “upfront and honest arrangements with someone who will cater to your needs”.
On her Facebook page Ms Tichelman describes herself as an aspiring model, makeup artist, writer, exotic dancer and ‘hustler’. She is being held on bail for $1.5m in Santa Cruz County.