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Posted by on Nov 4, 2010 in Boat Reviews, Motor Yacht, Powerboating, UK, US |

Princess V52, Power and Luxury

With sleek lines and v-shaped hull, there is no mistaking this boat for anything but a Princess.

Modern luxury motor yachts try to achieve many things but the Princess V52 has a firm grip on the essentials: style, performance and breath-taking speed. The Princess V52 provides incredible handling and performance but also has superb accommodation.

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the Princess V52 has a firm grip on the essentials: style, performance and breath-taking speed.

Princess V52 was launched earlier this year and this is a lady with some serious power, capable of delivering an adrenalin-pumping ride. Engine configurations differ across continents; in Europe Volvo D11’s are standard whilst in the US, twin Caterpillar C12 ACERT give slightly more horsepower. The result is close to 1500 BHP and a top speed of about 35 knots. This is exceptionally quick for a fully fitted yacht of over 50 feet. The use of the latest techniques in lightweight construction for both structure and interior also have a lot to do with performance.

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The main saloon

The Princess V52 also has some radical changes in accommodation layout, which provides three reception areas, including a totally enclosed flying bridge with a lounge area, bar and storage space. This enclosed area means that the flying bridge is more comfortable in adverse weather, perhaps extending the seasonal use of the yacht. The enclosed bridge does have a retractable roof, giving the owner the best of both worlds when at the helm.

The open after deck has another seating area, which can convert to a sun bed and benefits from a bar, sink and refrigerator. This area affords easy access to the hydraulic swim platform, which is also ideal for getting into a tender as it can be lowered below water level.

The swim platform can be lowered below water level for tender access.

The swim platform can be lowered below water level for tender access.

Below deck are two spacious staterooms in standard layout, two heads, a generous galley and a lounge. The galley comes equipped with a three ring ceramic hob, microwave/conventional combination oven, fridge/freezer and a wealth of storage. The timber laid flooring extends into the lounge area giving an open plan feel to the third entertainment area of the yacht. The lounge table base is also telescopic giving dual functionality.

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The galley

The owner’s stateroom is amidships, using the full beam of the hull; the master cabin is over 14ft wide, allowing for a double bed and sofa with an en suite bathroom, all complimented by ample storage accommodation and plenty of natural light. The forward guest cabin has a well thought out ‘scissor-berth’ providing two singles or a double for flexible accommodation, and has its own en suite bathroom.

The master cabin

The master cabin

Princess is noted as one of the finest manufacturers of yachts. The V52 has exceptional build quality and attention to detail, such as the well-padded dual helm seats, with adjustable foot rests to accommodate both the high and mighty and the slim and petite.

The forward double has scissor berths.

The forward double has a flexible scissor berth.

Perhaps the V52 lacks some of the space-age gadgets of other yachts and the weight saving interior may seem a little less flamboyant than other competitors. But there is no mistaking that this is a reliable performer worthy of the Princess name that has genuine pace—which is always hard to beat.
Louay Habib