May 28, 2022

Out-News = Princess Lost to Fire in Torquay

A 25 meter Princess super yacht burned down and eventually sank in the early afternoon of Saturday 28th May at Torquay marina, Devon, United Kingdom.  The cause of the fire are yet unknown, but it seems by some initial photos that the fire started around the helm station area, with marina residents saying they heard a big bang explosion noise before seeing a plum of smoke rising from the yacht.  No one was injured in the fire, which took over two hours and five fire engines and squads to extinguish, with the Princess super yacht eventually let go from its mooring and then sinking.  After the sinking the yacht was protected by booms, as according to reports she was filled with over 8,000 liters of fuel, making her a rather dangerous environmental hazard.
The Princess in this fire is an 85 model from 2010 titled m/y Rendezvous and registered under British flag.  Designed by Bernard Olesinski the Princess 85 follows the second generation design language of the large models above twenty meters by the World known Plymouth boat builder, which debuted with the 95 in 2007, and followed by the 85 in 2008.  This Princess 85 was powered by twin MTU 1800hp engines which give her a top speed up to 28 knots and a cruise of 23.  The interior layout of the 85 offered four double guest cabins, and two crew cabins aft.  Debuting in 2008 and produced till 2012 with twelve units reported being made, the Princess 85 replaced the 25M after seven years of production, and evolved into the 88 in 2013.

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