October 11, 2012

Project: Princess 52 Flybridge

Of the top three known British builders Princess has always been the one most conservative in adapting latest design trends of other Meditteranean builders.  This new 52 which replaces the 50 Mk.3 changes a lot of that as in fact this upcoming Princess model is one of the few builders, second from the Brits jumping on the hook of the astern galley serving the cockpit and the interior saloon.  The Princess 52 seems to bring lots of outstanding features in its layout, which is very well laid and spacious for a flybridge motor yacht measuring just over sixteen meters over all.  Nice features are added with the change position of the galley, which makes the lower deck plan having three double cabins with owners room to midships, and third guest cabin not being a bunk.  Two shower heads of similar size serve the cabins one of which is en suite for the owners stateroom.   Other interesting features are the flybridge which looks spacious for the size, and a bathing platform with up and down easy tender launching.  Princess also advise on the website that the 52 should be a boat which goes on the plane quite easily at low speeds giving owner a wider range of comfortable speeds.  It will be interesting to know if Princess have gone the latest Bernard Olesinski route of flatter Vee aft as the other British builder, though Princess never give dead rise data on the site and technical specification. The Princess 52 will be powered by three engine choices from Volvo 575 or optional 670hp or the largest Cat 715hp this last giving estimated max speeds of 31 knots.