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Posted by on Jan 10, 2010 in Boat Reviews, Boat Show, Motor Yacht, Powerboating, UK |

Princess 72 Motoryacht, Easy-Going Elegance

The exterior has the fast-paced aesthetic of many modern motoryachts, but walk inside and life slows down very nicely.

If you’re ready to be an adult and enjoy fine living as you cruise, the 72 Motoryacht could be your next boat. I visited the Princess stand at the London International Boat Show for the 72′s introduction, and compared to some new models that are pushing the envelope stylistically, this yacht gave me a calmer, more relaxed feeling the moment I stepped aboard. There’s a simplicity in the colors, materials, and layout, the latter an unbroken walk-through from after deck to helm station, then down below to the living quarters, which include a large, athwartships master and a VIP stateroom forward. All told, it has four cabins for guests, plus crew quarters aft.

The Princess 72 Motoryacht at the company's busy stand in London.

The Princess 72 Motoryacht at the company's busy stand in London.

The main saloon's port side includes room to relax and also dine.

The main saloon's port side includes room to relax and also dine.

The starboard side of the saloon

The starboard side of the saloon

Amidships, the galley is just aft of the helm and immediately adjacent to the dining area.

Amidships, the galley is just aft of the helm and immediately adjacent to the dining area.

The helm station

The helm station has room for two and quick access to the deck.

The VIP stateroom is forward with en suite head to port.

The VIP stateroom is forward with en suite head to port.

The master berth sits on centerline with writing desk to port and seating to starboard.

The master berth sits on centerline with writing desk to port and seating to starboard.

Topsides, the flybridge has another helm station, wet bar, and plenty of seating around a table for lunch. Farther aft, you’ll find a jacuzzi and a place for the tender and its deck crane.

Room for everyone to sit in the sun, or the shade.

Room for everyone to sit in the sun, or the shade.

The jacuzzi and tender

The jacuzzi and tender

This is a large, powerful boat that, like other boats in the Flybridge Princess line has a deep-V hull and can top 30 knots. The fiberglass hull is resin-infused, which keeps the weight down and improves the speed provided by twin MTU 10v 2000 M93 diesels.

—John Burnham