The highlight of Princess’ 45th Cannes Yacht show was its all-new Princess V50 – which highlights Princess’ latest advancement of their unique deep-V hull design to deliver improved seakeeping and handling.
Drafted by the Princess Design Studio in collaboration with naval architects Olesinski and Italian design house, Pininfarina, the V50 has been created using an all-new hull, deck and canopy moulds to redefine one of the core models in the range. At the heart of the new deep-V hull are compact, yet highly efficient, twin Volvo IPS650 pod engines that can deliver maximum speeds of over 30 knots.
The Princess design team brings a sizeable cockpit arrangement and bathing platform to maximise outdoor living space, with an elongated canopy that provides a comfortable shaded area to escape the heat of the sun. The main deck features a U-shaped dining area with an outdoor galley opposite.
Further forward, the helmsman and navigator are perfectly positioned; the bespoke twin helm seats are raised for clear sightlines through the single-pane windscreen. The large sliding roof section with integrated glazing above offers the total flexibility of a truly open boating experience.
Also on display was the flagship Princess X95, all three models from the S Class range, the S78, S66 and S62, plus two models from the V Class range: the V55 and V40. In addition to this exciting line-up, Princess also revealed further information on the latest member of the Y Class, the all-new Y80 – the 25m motor yacht features multiple configurable layout options to adapt to customers’ lifestyles.
Speaking at the company’s annual press conference in Cannes, executive chairman Antony Sheriff said Princess has had a record year, with an order book that totals 544 boats worth around US$1billion: a “notable commercial success”. To cope with demand, the company plans to build a new major facility at its South Yard site in Plymouth, UK.
He added that, despite the fact that the company is still suffering supply chain difficulties like many other boatbuilders and industries, but that its relationship with suppliers is good.