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Posted by on Jul 13, 2010 in Boat Reviews, Boat Show, US |

Princess 72 Motoryacht: New Name, Same Elegant Styling

After 15 years as Viking Sport Cruisers, U.K.-built yachts such as the 72 Motoryacht will carry the Princess Yachts International name in North America.

If you’re ready to be an adult and enjoy fine living as you cruise, the 72 Motoryacht could be your next boat. That was my comment after visiting the Princess 72 at the London International Boat Show when it was introduced, and it was the lead to my blog post for the Boats.com Blog on our UK website during the show last January, 2010. Now this classy yacht is coming to the United States and whereas in previous years it would have been labeled a Viking Sport Cruiser 72, because it was distributed by Viking Yachts, a new marketing agreement between Princess Yachts International and Viking will deliver it under the Princess label when it appears at the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show in February 2011. According to a joint Viking Sport Cruisers and Princess Yachts International announcement, the same will be true of all new yachts imported by Viking for the North American, Caribbean, and Central American market.

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

The Princess 72 Motoryacht on a busy day in London

Whatever the name, let’s step back six months, and I’ll give you my impression of this vessel, along with a number of photos I took of the boat on display. 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 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 among the Flybridge models by this company, 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.

Princess has three ranges of models, the V Class (42 to 85 feet), the Flybridge Class (42 to 95 feet), and the M Class (32 and 40 meters). Sometimes it takes a while for the new models to make it across the Atlantic, but in the coming months, we expect to see several new Princess Yachts appear in Florida. The 2010 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will feature four new models, the Princess 42, V52, V62, and 85 Motor Yacht, followed by the 72 Motoryacht a few months later in Miami.

—John Burnham