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.
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.
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.
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.