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Princess 64

Rule Britannia: Princess 64

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I need to be very clear about this. I am an Anglophile. I love the Brits, I love their warm beer and kidney pie, I love their cheerful cabbies and helpful bobbies, and I even love their often-soggy weather. And I love their boats.

The Princess 64 is no exception. This model is like a breath of fresh air on a spring day in the English countryside. Although the Princess 64 is decidedly Euro in her swoops and curves, drawing her DNA more from Sophia Loren than from Margaret Thatcher, she is a lovely yacht and she will draw admiring looks whether the marina is in Ipswich or Block Island, Dubai or San Diego.

The Brits also know how to build boats. It’s not just that there was a time when the sun never set on The Empire or that the Royal Navy once ruled the waves; it’s more about being an island nation, surrounded by truly rough water. The English Channel has such appalling conditions that it kept invaders at bay for centuries, even though they could clearly see the white cliffs of Dover. The North Sea? Just another synonym for nasty. Same for the Irish Sea.

So British boats are built long on strong, and the Princess 64 is as tough as nails under that silken exterior. Cleats, thoughtfully positioned handrails and the all-important lifeline stanchions are bolted through solid backing plates so there is never a question of strength.

Anti-slip surfaces are excellent, but the Princess folks, true Brits at heart, know that a planked teak deck gives sure footing whether you’re handling dock lines on a rainy day or fighting at the Battle of Trafalgar. So standard equipment on the Princess 64 includes a teak cockpit sole, teak on the bridge, teak on the swim platform and teak steps to the bridge and side decks. And this isn’t just the usual skimpy teak veneer, but solid planks that will take all the abuse you can dish out.

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Horatio Nelson’s flagship was wood, of course, but that hasn’t stopped Princess from embracing modern technology with full push-pull resin infusion throughout the 64 — including not just the hull and deck, but also the deck hatches, inner liners and all other ancillary parts. It also does something very smart: Clear gelcoat is used below the waterline so that any voids or flaws can be seen as soon as the hull pops out of the mold. Clear gelcoat also makes it much easier if repairs are needed, since any damage is visible. Above the waterline, Princess uses PVC coring for strength and insulation from both temperature and sound.

So is the Princess 64 a new design? Well, sort of. She is, in fact, an evolution from the Princess 63, but it’s a bit confusing because the 63 was actually 62 feet 6 inches, while the new 64 is 64 feet 10 inches, or 2 feet 4 inches longer. The supposed length in the title doesn’t reflect the gains made with the 64, which has a much larger cockpit with enough room for a wraparound settee rather than the usual bench seat against the transom.

Both hulls (and, in fact, the entire Princess line) were designed by Bernard Olesinski, and they have a comfortable, solid and reassuring seaworthiness under way. Double strakes and a hard chine that rises above the waterline at the bow soften the ride in those square-edge seas of the English Channel, and they also roll the water out to the side rather than back in your face.

Standard equipment includes a hydraulic/electric swim platform that serves as the tender storage and launching system, which eliminates the need for either a bulky davit or a transom garage, which would take up interior room. (One owner is planning to put a 12-foot Boston Whaler on the platform, which gives you an idea of the space available.) And, with the tender launched, the platform makes a delightful semisubmerged “beach” for swimming.

Princess 64
Princess 64

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