Two unique layout options are available for the Princess Yacht V50.
By Brad Roberts
Boat Test #1621
Princess Yachts is one of the newer yacht lines now available in Canada. Based out of Plymouth, Devon in the United Kingdom, Princess Yachts has been building finely crafted vessels on the edge of the English Channel since 1956. However, the heritage dates back, at least where the M Class superyachts are constructed, to a former naval yard established back in the 17th century.
Today, they offer seven model lines from the R Class to the M Class, and their shipyards cover over 1.1 million square feet. The yard employs over 3,000 staff, each of whom are true masters of their unique craft with decades of experience. The goal is to meticulously sculpt a Princess Yacht around the new buyers’/owners’ enjoyment of it.
Their all-new Princess Yacht V50 express cruiser model is available in two versions: either as a closed or open main deck configuration. At the dockside her new dynamic exterior styling looks fast! That potential is born out in realty on the open water where twin Volvo-Penta IPS 600’s will easily run her in the 30-32 knot range.
On deck, walking up from the optional hydraulic bathing and swim platform you’ll be greeted by either L-shaped seating around a teak folding table (closed deck version) or a large sunpad (open version) at the aft, which in turn lead forward to the spacious saloon and helm seating. The Princess Yacht V50 entertainment centre with ample prep counter surface is to port opposite a u-shaped dinette in the open version. The closed deck features the dinette to port and the entertainment centre located behind the helm chairs.
The helm features two high-back Captain’s chairs perfect for long cruises or training your up and coming Captain. The wheel is positioned outboard with convenient access to the throttles and joystick. The glass cockpit screen is positioned in front of the co-captain. Overhead, a hardtop with an opening sunroof brings in the light and the true express cruiser feel of this yacht.
Up at the bow, accessed via the sidewalks with a teak-sole on either side of the cockpit, you’ll find a double wide well-padded sunpad with individually functioning backrests to be the feature attraction. The gleaming stainless steel in the side rails is matched in both the cleats, windlass and anchor.
The lower or accommodations deck, which are virtually identical in both the closed and open layout versions, features a mid-cabin full-beam stateroom with an island queen berth (with inner spring mattress) with a private settee, large hanging locker and private head with separate shower. Separating the owners cabin from the forward v-berth guest cabin (with available scissor berth) is a lower u-shaped dinette to starboard and fully equipped galley to port. This dinette can be converted into a sleeping berth or optionally into a third cabin at the new owners’ discretion. The day head forward and to port side, is shared with the guest cabin, and features a separate shower stall for easy cleanup. The interior is meticulously finished in Rovere or Alba oak as standard, while walnut or silver oak is an available option.
All Princess Yachts come with ‘Princess Lifeline’ (powered by MedAire), which is a 24/7 SOS service providing all new owners with 2-years free access to medical and security assistance.
Length overall (incl. pulpit): 50’ 10” / 15.49m
Length overall (excl. pulpit): 49’ 11” / 15.21m
Length of hull: 46’ 2” / 14.07m
Beam: 13’ 6” / 4.11m
Draft: 3’ 9” / 1.14m
Displacement: 16,448kg / 36,262lbs
Fuel capacity: 350 US gal / 1,325 L
Water capacity: 96 US gal / 364 L
Power: Twin Volvo IPS 600 (2 x 440mhp)
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