Princess Yachts’ New Reign

The Princess V72, which recently hit U.S. shores, deviates from Princess Yachts’ classic V series both inside and out. The sleeker, more dynamic profile is a nod to forward-thinking competitors like Fairline, Sunseeker, and Azimut, but the V72 also maintains a more traditional look that will remain in vogue a decade from now.

The navy blue color on the hull sides climbs all the way up the bulwarks, giving the boat a more compact look that gets even edgier with aggressive side windows and a blade-shaped hard top. The V72 looks fast and sleek, even at the dock, and its deep-V hull supports this visage. Twin Caterpillar or twin MTU engines help bring the boat to a top end of either 34 or 37 knots, respectively.

Beyond speed, Princess was vigilant about maximizing the V72’s exterior social spaces by designing a large rear cockpit, wide side decks, and—a rarity on a boat this size—a foredeck seating area with a walk-through passage behind it. The swim platform, connected to the tender garage, is on a hydraulic lift that drops the platform to the waterline for easy launching. The exterior is clad in teak—even the cockpit bar is teak—which adds a touch of class to the white cockpit decor.

Princess, which launched its first 105-foot M Class yacht last January, borrowed many of that larger yacht’s design cues for the V72. The spacious interior has an unusually high level of detailing, including items like red, hand-stitched Italian shagreen leather on dressing tables in the owner’s and VIP staterooms, a meticulously finished ebony-wave wood pattern on cabinets, and a textured material called Bottega Black, which Princess employed for detailing the joinery.

The salon is bright and spacious, with an L-shaped settee and a round, raised dinette that sits beside the helm station. This round seat is not only attractive; it gives the diners an al-fresco experience when the overhead sunroof is open. The two-person helm station, clad in black leather, is also well positioned, providing the captain with a clear line of sight of the water. The helm has its own door to the side passages—another rarity in this size range—and a high-tech Boning control and monitoring system. 

Belowdecks, the full-beam master suite also seems like it should be on a larger boat, with large rectangular through-hull windows providing plenty of natural light. The owner’s suite amenities include a lounge, a queen-sized berth, and separate dressing quarters. The red-leather desk and walnut-pony finish on the headboard are two additional examples of the V72’s exceptional level of fit and finish. The V72 is a fresh departure for Princess, which before now, was known more for its engineering and seaworthiness than its interior design. The V72 is the best of both worlds. (www.princessyachts.com)

Photo by Alexis Andrews
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