Princess 65 June 2001 Boat News, Review & Advice

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Princess 65

Princess 65 2001)

The Princess 65 supermodel elegance the intricate of a couturier. But not just stately motoryacht dignified English-made says David

The skipper the joystick the bow and the boat kissed berth goodbye. like you’d a 65-footer move, but the alacrity Claudia Schiffer a catwalk a Yves Laurent silk The minefield giant white were no we slinked trawled past waterfront estates babbled about lack of noise.

It when we the throttles things changed Still not noise to about, more local jetboat driver who like the moth to flame. He to our wake with abandon, slewing way and giving his a bang their buck a mouthful harbour water.

the defining was when motored past cargo ship Devonport called and a tagged simply For it’s that point deemed the 65 to not just stately motoryacht supermodel handling, a mini-ship.

the P65 can cross seven seas, in long hops, embark that voyage a lifetime. the big can be with confidence a footloose team. Bosuns, boys, wharfies, painters and need not

A dignified cruiser, the has been to appeal big-boat buyers go wobbly the knees the mention 65-footer. Despite $3-million price a surprising of people prepared to for such providing it frighten the out of

The local have sold Princess boats Australia in years. In last 18 alone, they shipped 18 and get just three them have under 50ft. there are three Princess in Australia all of in Sydney with another due in

While most owners have their way the ranks production cruisers, owners are, fact, new big boating which should you something these boats’ and seductive looks.


LOFTY

The finish the P65 the kind standards set lofty waterfront where European are ‘de To get idea of company these keep, a Princess launch held at Hotel on Gold Coast in May.

are developing into larger and helping gain the to handle Husband-and-wife teams among those have progressed the P65. is a owner-to-driver ratio this model, Dean Husband Princess Australia.

to a Bentley R sea, the which I was destined the Whitsundays winter and berth in over summer. it goes, not the of boat looks or out of

ODE TO

The P65 an ode marine architect, Olesinski. The has his underwater shape, a modified big reverse aggressive strakes props recessed tunnels.

At speeds, in or Krug mode, the doesn’t travel a bow-down but instead delightfully flat. you advance throttle, it this trim

It doesn’t in its spend an winding-up to speed, nor it create disproportionately big

And with three turns the wheel you don’t as though are driving ship.

Dare I its handling probably more the latest Benz, than finest.

You rip the around town, 30 tonnes it, and a buzz you go. performance-oriented motoryacht, Princess 65 driver confidence your hands passenger comfort the pants.

Princess boats stiff craft from hand-laid with an girder system, foam sandwich balsa-cored sleek for a centre of The company its boats a choice motors, all which give or more speed.

We top-shelf rockets: MAN V-10s 1050hp aside. electronic controls diagnostics, there’s a lot concern yourself But if wanted to some brass, twin 800hp are available.

WITH VIEWS

sense of living is by the with four cabins, three and detached quarters. All the latter reached off companionways and oval doors double-locking catches stop rattles.

a sense open-plan living from the you can from the all the through the to the

The saloon is a stainless framed At the of a a big window opens letting you the indoors the outdoors.

the interior haughty, dignified princely. Joinery natural cherrywood, Scottish Muirehead lines the Sierra sand-coloured carpet is while clotted-cream soft-touch liners Mocha dash top things

There are venetian and blinds with subtle blue Avonite galley in a Ice pattern, around the a recessed feature, and so you create different

At the time, there practical teak-and-holly in the teak decks and lots solid stainless the deck window frames internal ladder the bridge. all this features which the Princess for owners.

DEAL IS THE DETAILS

came across glasses in timber cabinet a wetbar fridge, silverware the Princess in a drawer, an dishwasher, and fridge/freezers with rather excellent fasteners.

The galley has racks for Villeroy and crockery, a storage area victuals, electric Eff stove convection microwave, stainless pot on the and a extractor fan.

in the is a five-speaker surround system on hydraulic lift inside a Flanking the helm is pilot door you can out onto ship-like bulwarks. opening window gives natural even though 65-footer is airconditioned.

The are MMC shifts with Synchro and Station Command, there were of long-range This particular had a Furuno radar, 650 for driving, Raytheon Shipmate VHF the oh-so-handy Sidepower bow

Note the have an mode just your car. also liked intercom with and mike so you converse with on the And the remote helm a nice for short-handed

Another nice touch was dinette to It is so you enjoy the But when remove the false legs the forward which are stools or you can two more

SLEEPING BEAUTY

are given royal treatment the area accommodation. Lying at the stable point the boat away from playing on chines, is master suite. has an island double topped with blue-metal coloured a camel and sensual surrounds.

There are hanging lockers, a dressing with jewellery perfume-bottle storage, neat dirty basket concealed a seat, a television lowers on hydraulic platform the ceiling. controls for aircon and system.

The is no engaging. The has a door, while loo is luxury Vacuflush Ice-coloured Avonite overhead timber and designer fittings including and a surpass what find in topnotch hotel or, for matter, a ship.

Guests the choice one of cabins: the in the has an double, while cabin to has two Each has ensuite. The immediately to doubles as dayhead. The saloon means not too to access.

neat finishing was the strips on walls in guest cabin. break-up what otherwise be large flat Note also separate sound and the bedspreads and cushions with gold patterning.

so-called maid’s is a cabin immediately port as step down the saloon. has a and a pullman berth when folded allows plenty working room a large cabinet with Neff washer/drier. cabin can ordered as office.

Last not least the cool or kids back under rear lounge. separate aft is big to harbour single berths, washbasin and head. And is a centre comprising of lockers right along aft wall.

IN THE

Princess 65

I found hatch in cockpit leading a lazarette the 15kVa

There’s room store plenty gear here, a rubber and another Fender storage are in nearby locker, engine shut-offs fuel valves There’s even to add dive compressor.

quarter lockers mooring lines there are winches to stern-in parking snap. The platform has passarelle with lifting capacity. is also davit on flybridge overhang can swing 250kg. So can have P65, and and RIB too.

Double doors, wide to safe a high and fore-and-aft make for all-over accessible There are and anchor plus a shower. An ladder and moulded staircase to the

I found the P65 the flybridge absolute snap. rolled edge the windscreen the draft though there some distortion its leading Seating exists up to people fed watered by wetbar, fridge, barby and with hot cold water.

HANDLING

Visually, P65 derives mini-ship looks the bulwarks superyacht-esque radar It is awesome sight full flight.

cruise is at 2150rpm a very 27-28kt comes at 2000rpm.

recorded a speed of between the Even at clip the feels in There is pleasant amount detent in trendy short-shift levers and, just three in the not a of steering needed to course.

For long-range work might consider the boat displacement mode. some hulls, P65 will its bow the swells low speeds. in low-speed the twin MANs lose whole bank. five-cylinders aside, motors won’t much diesel.

Like David Goliath combined, P65 is giant with agility of bantamweight.

Given wherewithal, a berth by waterfront or marina pen, have no in taking 65-footer out short notice.

rates as great corporate a luxury boat, an weekender. But this level engineering, fuel, (add a power (second and passenger the boat shine on

While the reckon they heroes when Channel-hop and it into Med, imagine adventure you have on neat little Down Under. Reef, Lord or further the choice yours. And no professional required.

HIGHS

of handling, great deportment, lovely seaworthy at all

Top end 34kt-plus is to experience.

finish is amenties surpass house in circle, and accommodation is

You can take comfort the English

LOWS

You need a but you need someone help with maintenance.

Marina will be and not many private have the for a

During testing door came its hinges banging around

Maybe it something other self-tappers.

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