July 5, 2021

Princess Sport Yacht Fire in Favignana

A Princess sport yacht of fifteen meters in size caught fire in the morning of 5 July on the Island of Favignana, in Cala Azzurra, on the South East side of the largest Egadi island.  Four passengers where on the fifteen meters Princess, who got to safety on the serving tender of the yacht.  With the fire alarm called, the Trapani section of the Coast Guard along with the fire fighting squad went on location to control the fire, who managed to avoid the total sinking of the Princess yacht.   
The Princess sport yacht in the fire is a V50 a model presented in 1998 and produced till 2005.  The V50 was designed by since the eighties and till today Princess designer Bernard Olesinski and featured a two cabin two head interior, and a saloon and galley in between the cabins.  The Princess V50 followed the success of the first two 1995 launched V40 and V52 V-series models, and was a direct competitor to the Sunseeker 44 Camargue, and to a lesser extent the two meters smaller Fairline Targa 43. While offering a slightly more expensive price tag also for its larger size and engines, the V50 featured a tender garage layout, and twin Volvo 615hp engines, which went to become 715hp as the twelve litre series was increased in output.  The V50 started as a slow seller eventually selling more over the years especially in 2003.  The V50 was replaced in 2006 by the hard-top V48, which was an evolution of the 2003 launched V46.

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