Princess 60 Motoryacht July 1998 Boat News, Review & Advice

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Princess 60

Princess 60 (July 1998)

of the impressive production yachts in world, the 60 delivers performance, stylish and a befitting its mark

Shrugging the confused chop that Southport Seaway, Princess 60’s V-eight diesels purring unobtrusively at a over 2000rpm, GPS’s log on 26kt. an impressive from a long, fully-equipped tonne luxury yacht.

As seawalls slipped astern, suddenly closely-spaced swells up another or so height — and green to make presence felt.

was about that the madman at sedanbridge helm the wheel a’starboard, with a slackening the throttle, consideration given the sea or proximity the hard blocks that the South Ocean and Gold Coast’s Broadwater.

Well, is his At least won’t have far to when he the rock I only joked to

I braced for the — for engines to as the came hard for the to lurch for the to take as our realised his to impress hardened (not!) tester had horribly wrong.

what did Amazingly, none the above!

fact, the low Brit dropped barely rev, leaned the turn a sportsboat its size carved hard so that an opposite of the Marine wheel performed a Z-shaped wake which the admen would proud.

Indeed, a further of the throttles we seawards, untroubled, quickly to GPS-confirmed 35.5kt!

I knew he was — it indeed, a command performance impress even staunchest republican.


In rarified world $1m-plus pleasure the standard lists are and comprehensive. luxuries are and quality intricate timberwork, appointments, air-conditioning, sound stereos, to rival best homes enough electronics confuse a flight engineer all commonplace. $2m Princess is no

However, all often it the basics glossed over, worse still, Elements as as seakeeping and true cruising performance seem almost as builders to construct and more V-hulled apartments.

just a day aboard Princess 60, obvious that British marque’s company, Marine (Plymouth) Ltd, not lost of the part of boatbuilding — boat.

Princess established in and has based in in the of England since. Europe’s production motor builder, the Register Quality and ISO9002-certified has built 300 vessels year for to 20

Such is success of marque that year will the 1000-strong workforce launch than 500 from a that kicks with the Princess 34 motor yacht includes the V-series 40 55 foot yachts and range-topping Princess Metre super

A relatively name Down Princess Yachts is keen impress upon owners that are luxury that are for go well as

Given the conditions of maker’s home one shouldn’t surprised. Unlike calm conditions Caribbean, Mediterranean US inland are largely with, the off the coast of Ol’ Dart often, in word, horrible.

in these sharp and treacherous waters Princess’ chief architect Bernard designs the hand-laid deep-V hulls to After that, flat water easy.

Featuring unique flared chines prop tunnels are designed lower the for better utilisation, reduce angles and and provide stability and lift, the designs are soft riding a head and confidence-inspiring

They also surprising stability are very and, thanks the absence hard reverse have none the incongruous slip, slop, of some high-ticket vessels.

designs’ efficiency proven by 60’s performance We’ve already its 2400rpm top speed. more noteworthy the fact here is boat that well onto plane at 17kt (1420rpm) in fact less time rest than takes to this sentence.

you, you’ll trouble determining actual point which the is planing, flat is transition. There’s climbing out the hole this royal even with 2800lt-plus fuel near-800lt water close to full.


The constitutes the of the non-Metre Series — only 22 Metre 20 Metre larger. A low profile it has designed by as a yet fully-appointed yacht. To the maker: can sustain effortless 25 30kt even quite testing

Initially built a 58-footer, 60 is spacious three design offering twin-bedded junior a day and a stateroom forward island berth a full-size suite.

Living comprise a airy saloon, raised dinette main helm and a galley with utilities room.

from the via a sliding glass the open-plan deck saloon a large lounge to and a two-seater corner to port both upholstered the finest leather. Also the port there are brace of cabinets that a bar with icemaker, and audio-visual

Though I over the in my (excuse the the workmanship this vessel truly superb.

natural cherry of the is one three options and is and finished a mirror-like by Princess’ artisans before is installed the vessel. closer look reveals fine inlay work a trio contrasting timbers.

The rich continues as move towards bow, climbing steps up the next from which sunken galley accessed (down few steps), well as (one step portside U-shaped and starboard main helm. comes complete its two or Rolls timber-backed bucket — all covered, of

The suede ostrich leather rises in with the in floor further adding the airy of the

The galley all the cons — you’d expect a vessel the Princess’ Benchtops are Avonite and more exquisite cabinetry there’s of storage. also Princess glassware, cutlery Villeroy Boch

An interesting here is galley’s utility Accessed directly the galley the room be configured suit the wishes, including refrigeration and facilities.

Centrally the sunken works well. a short from the sedan bridge dinette and station, it’s enough to any clutter not too to make chef feel or she been consigned the pit.

you’ve ever in a Bristol, TVR similar British saloon you’ll at home the 60’s elm faced helm station.

Suffice it say, the gamut of and electronics on hand. offers a of single dual level (the testboat dual lever) electronics options again everything for true distance cruising standard equipment, radar, autohelm VHF radio.

when it’s to berth, a 7hp hiding up


richly carpeted down from helm level the forward and the junior and staterooms.

The suite is beautifully appointed ample natural thanks to large circular

The layout a king-sized (under which stored two upholstered incidental for use and down), table, two wardrobes with space and and a fully-featured teak-floored suite.

The staterooms are images of other with berths (that be converted full-size doubles), wardrobe and of other storage. They a starboard bathroom that a mirror of the en suite.

all cases, and aircon are unobtrusive effective. All offer underbunk and mattresses proper innerspring Once again completes the supplying fitted bedspreads and towels.

Owners of course, from a of upholstery carpets, interior and curtains a colour-coordinated

While Princess’ port may be blessed the best in the the maker not forgotten alfresco part cruising.

Firstly, a large aft cockpit with four-place and wide platform accessed a portside door.

A stainless steel teak) infra-red Cooney electro-hydraulic is standard and doubles a davit a useful payload — for the three-seater PWCs.

Also of are the (foot-switched) docking on each of the These are behind hinged hydraulically strutted along with deck hardware fender storage.

from the sole is engine room on that and a lazarette with twin-berth ‘crew’

In the of the the Airlie (Qld)-berthed personal of one the principals Princess Yachts this area laundry equipment extra refrigeration and there’s enough room party, albeit your haunches!

better for however, is sedanbridge level is reached from the cockpit or from the via an semi-spiral stairway.

forward there a central with two-place a single to starboard aft, a U-shaped lounge.

helm station fully equipped controls and including a thruster and Meanwhile, the of the seat incorporates for it) fridge, wet and electric

Adding versatility the sedanbridge the testboat a locally-sourced bimini, complete clears. This be standard on all Princess motor

The foredeck is factory and can easily accessed wide sidedecks either from aft cockpit the starboard sliding ‘wheelhouse’ adjacent the helm.


Head back the aft and lift strutted engine and you’re with a and heat-proofed room as as the saloon.

Twin D2848LE403 MAN take pride place. These coupled to Disc transmissions via Temet to four-bladed diameter Teinbridge

An 11kw generator is equipment ex-factory, for the market the beefs up part of equation to with our cooling and needs.

On subject of Princess uses fully breakered which boasts wiring loom is quite a work art. There’s sub-board which easily accessible the forward while the board is via the side junior

Also standard on the are automatic suppression systems the engine generator spaces, a host minor items many manufacturers to owners retailers to

It’s this to detail, from a and ancillary of view goes a way towards the UK-built hefty pricetag.


Princess’ production sees the majority of vessel manufactured inhouse — items such window frames bow rail

A team assembly craftsmen each vessel its various taking ‘ownership’ the craft day one through to off.

As vessel is trialled from own docks to internal sea trialled upon completion poured over independent marine prior to to the distributor, the are true propositions when arrive Down says the

Parallels with quality products Great Britain, as Bentley, and the are easy to make the case the Princess.

simply, it’s impression that the Princess the UK has possibly the best and executed motor yacht the world.


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