Royal Distinction: Princess 62
62ft of yacht at 32 knots. What’s not to like about this Princess Yacht that is the epitome of meticulous design and quality workmanship?
Words Nic Boyde Images courtesy of Princess Yachts
“The straight-line drive twin 900hp diesels provide excellent low-rev torque (which gives great low-speed acceleration), and this baby’s up on the plane and away. 30-32 knots is quite fast enough, thank you.”
Princess Yachts have placed their latest offering in between their 56 and 68 footers in their Flybridge range, and they are going to show their latest creation at the Cannes boat show in early September, where the boat will have pride of place in an extensive Princess line-up.
The Princess 62 is all Princess. From the silhouette, the clean lines of the superstructure, the huge saloon windows, “distinctive ad understated,” which provide both plentiful light, great views, and an elegant and dynamic look, and the under-the-hatches efficiency with an optimised hull shape and twin Volvo 900hp in-line diesels, she’s unmistakably royalty.
Princess Yachts are famous for their meticulous design and workmanship. Perhaps less well-known is their adoption of leading-edge technological advancements, especially in infusion technology. They have been able with the Princess 62 to include features normally available only on larger vessels.
From the top; the flybridge, which is a completely new design and manages to provide a large dining area, a sunpad aft and a circular forward seating area that can be converted into a sunpad as well. Plenty of room for the entire ship’s complement.
All of whom can also be accommodated within the saloon too. The cockpit’s seating area is close to the bar-cum-galley at the rear of the saloon, flanked on starboard by a small friendly seating area. Forward are two more lounge/table arrangements and then right forward starboard the two-seater helm and yet another two seats to port.
Just when you thought we’d done the seating, there’s more. The walk-through foredeck has a couple of the usual sunpads all the way forwards, but towards the rear of the space against the saloon’s fore windows, there’s a distinct entertaining space with yet more seating. To be able to offer eight seating areas on a boat this size is really something.
The centre-line forward companionway leads down from beside the helm position to the cabins below where two doubles and a twin, all with en-suite heads, provide comfort and luxury amid typical Princess quality and workmanship. The head for the forward cabin has an extra door to enable it to act as the day-head too. The cabins are all soaked in natural light from the hull glazing. An additional crew/passenger twin cabin can be provided aft of the engine room (above the drive shafts) to sleep another two persons. An ideal place to park your teenagers.
Princess, like some of the top Italian yards, take extraordinary care over their fitouts, and they seek to improve on their signature Princess Design Studio styling with every new model. In this boat they deliver a tranquil environment with their usual meticulous detailing. They use elements that include a hand-made coffee table, suede, bronze mirrors and Japanese wallpapers, not to mention the timber, glass and leather, all within an overall layered geometry that makes perfect sense when you enter the space.
If all that isn’t enticing enough, now it’s time to talk about the performance. She has a shallow draught at just under 5ft, and waterline length of 62ft, not including the power-lift swimming platform behind the cockpit. The straight-line drive twin 900hp diesels provide excellent low-rev torque (which gives great low-speed acceleration), and this baby’s up on the plane and away. 30-32 knots is quite fast enough, thank you, and the fuel tank capacity of 3,400 litres will handle the weekend warrior who likes to zoom, and provide a decent cruise range if you are prepared to come down to a reasonable cruising speed.
The boat is designed for six, perhaps eight, passengers and provides eight places for them to sit and socialise, two or three places to dine, at least three places to sunbathe. When you need a quick five minutes of peace and quiet, you can have it, and if you want to socialise, well, you’ve got all the room you need for a proper party and then some. For more information, please visit www.princessyachts.com.