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Princess to Debut All-New S80 in 2024

The Plymouth builder is developing a new flagship for its S Class range of sportbridge motor yachts.

May 10, 2023 | By John Higginson
The S80 can reach up to 34 knots

Princess is developing the all-new S80, which will succeed the S78 as the flagship of the S Class sportbridge range. Scheduled to make its boat show debut in the autumn of 2024, the yacht will feature exterior styling evolving from the S72 that had its world premiere at Boot Dusseldorf this January.

Featuring an overall length of 25.43m (83ft 5in), the S80 is designed by the Princess Design Studio with naval architects Olesinski and Italian design house Pininfarina.

Princess and Pininfarina developed the exterior design

The versatile layout allows her to be managed as an owner operated vessel with a vast open saloon and raised helm or crewed, with the option of an enclosed helm plus accommodation for up to three crew.

Equipped with 1,900 or 2,000hp MAN V12  engines providing speeds up to 34 knots, plus an optional 7,000-litre fuel tank to enable an extended cruising range, the S80 is optimised for greater efficiency using conventional straight shafts and propellers delivering easy close-quarters manoeuvring and sure-footed performance. Both vector fin and gyro stabilisation options are available.

The central stairway to the cockpit

Full-length windows flow along the main deck and extend either side of the cockpit canopy to provide a sheltered area from the sun, while other features include high bulwarks, oval stainless-steel rails, teak decking and tailored natural materials.

Andy Lawrence, Director of Design at Princess Yachts, said: “The concept of the Princess S80 focuses on an uncompromising main-deck sociable living space close to the water with three distinct spaces, sunbathing, lounging and dining, usable simultaneously without conversions.

Aft view of the long cockpit

“The design of the elongated sleek canopy shades the forward two-thirds of this area, with an optional awning taking care of the remaining third. The saloon glazing extends far back into the cockpit, cocooning the forward dining area to create shelter from the wind without obstructing your view.

“The Princess S80 is a Princess above all else with a distinct S Class personality defined by its S hull graphic, strong graphical canopy features and powerful bulwark haunches. We have designed the S80 to sit proudly as the flagship of the S class range.”

Forward view of saloon

Like the S78, the S80 is distinguished by her distinctive central cockpit access, while the aft area includes an electro-hydraulic bathing platform and a garage to port with Williams tender launch system capable of holding up to a Williams SportJet 435.

The cockpit features the largest sunpads on an S Class yacht to date either side of the central steps, while the configurable cockpit seating area includes twin coffee tables. Moving forward, a teak dining table (extendable version available) to seat six to eight is positioned next to the galley bar.

The helm and opening sunroof

Sliding doors and a large opening window above the galley bar connect the exterior with the interior to create a natural flow through the main deck. The galley is fully equipped with Miele appliances and a Sub-Zero full-height fridge/freezer. A secondary breakfast bar unit provides casual dining.

The saloon features panoramic windows and a spacious C-shaped sofa opposite the port seating area, while the helm offers access to all instrumentation and controls, including the Böning vessel monitoring system.

The convertible foredeck

Above, an optional sliding roof spans the width of the main deck, while a pantograph door gives the Captain access to the starboard side deck and the foredeck, which has two C-shaped seating areas plus a sunpad conversion.

The almost 310sqft sportbridge is an impressive outdoor living space with multiple seating areas and wet bar with barbecue and generous refrigeration. A converting dining table and an outdoor TV on rise and fall mechanism are also available to suit every occasion.

The 300sqft-plus sportbridge

The lower deck features four en-suite cabins complete with chilled water air-conditioning and opening portholes for natural ventilation.

The full-beam master stateroom features soft organic furnishings, complemented by accents and finishes of natural timber. Soft-lighting features accentuate the curved forms of the hand-crafted furniture.

The full-beam master suite

The aft lazarette and two-berth crew cabin with bathroom are situated aft of the engine room, with various layout options including an additional crew mess area or optional third crew bunk or separate laundry centre. A watertight door from the electro-hydraulic bathing platform gives direct access to this area.

This article first appeared on Yacht Style.

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