A small industrial unit in Newport Street, Plymouth was the birthplace of Princess Yachts almost fifty years ago in 1965.
Founded by ex Naval Officer David King, Princess has developed into one of the most successful and sophisticated motor yacht builders in the world, employing over two thousand people across six huge factories in and around Plymouth and building over three hundred yachts annually.
Heritage plays a huge part in the success of the company. David King, in his position as Chairman, still heads up the company and Newport Street remains the main factory site, having expanded to encompass the entire street plus reclaimed land out over the adjoining creek. The world renowned naval Architect, Bernard Olesinski, has overseen the conception of the hull and superstructure elements of every new Princess Yacht for over thirty years culminating in the super-efficient hybrid planning technology of the most recent models.
Whilst benefiting from such a rich history, Princess Yachts International is a firmly forward facing company.
After achieving the Queens Award for Export in 1988, the company continues to expand globally to the extent that today 90% of production is exported. Princess Yachts was the first European company to be awarded ISO 14001 for its quality control and every model up to 85 feet meets RINA Green Plus.
80% of every Princess is constructed in house. Cutting edge precision composite construction and resin infusion technology reduces weight increasing fuel efficiency and performance whilst maximising interior volume. Stiffer, stronger superstructures grant larger glazed areas gifting the interiors more light and panoramic views. Princess deep V hulls deliver the finest sea keeping and ride, ensuring guests and crew are kept comfortable and safe.
Even construction techniques are at the very forefront of technology, almost completely eliminating styrene gas emissions in the workplace and for the local environment for instance.
Every aspect of the conception, design, build, and ultimately use, of every Princess Yacht is at the very frontier of what is technically possible today.
New Princess Yachts
The Princess 40M superyacht has the largest resin-infused hull ever molded and ensures that Princess have made a grand entrance into the 100ft-plus yacht market.
As you would expect, the accommodation is sumptuous throughout with a five cabin layout for up to 12 guests to live aboard in complete luxury. There is also space for seven crew to live comfortably and in complete privacy.
The Princess 40M builds upon the enviable reputation of Princess for building top-quality luxury motor yachts. Over two years in the making and with close co-operation from the first 40M owner, this is a true semi-custom yacht built to the highest quality specification and with a number of features that are more commonly found on 50+ metre yachts.
The quality is evident throughout the yacht. Sound and vibration is minimised and the resin infused hull means the yacht is much lighter than one would expect for a boat of this magnitude. Power comes from twin MTUs giving a top speed of 23 knots. Cruising speed is around 12 to 14 knots, which gives the boat a fuel consumption rate of 250 to 300 litres per hour and a range of 1,500 miles.
The deck spaces and superbly insulated and thoroughly planned out. A large main deck galley and expansive views via the hull windows reveal the attention to detail which has been afforded to the design of the yacht.
The aft garage can house a Jet Ski and a custom designed 6.5m Rib. The whole aft area doubles up as a huge guest relaxation area right on the water.
The 40M clearly demonstrates the ability of Princess Yachts to build some of the most technically advanced and luxurious superyachts and this was acknowledged by the 40M winning the prestigious World Superyacht Award.
Born of a desire to combine the very finest of Princess’s experience with new technologies, materials, and engineering that challenge the boundaries of yachting - R Class is our brand new range of performance sports yachts. In a first for the yacht industry, we partnered with BAR for their America’s Cup winning technology and legendary Italian designers, Pininfarina on what is their first ever boat. The result has torn up the rulebook, rocked the boat industry and set the benchmark for the next generation of Princess yachts.
Hydrodynamics are the new fast forward in yachting. The Princess Active Foil System (AFS) developed in partnership with BAR Technologies - the British company behind Britain’s attempt to win back the America’s Cup, works in conjunction with the hull to dramatically improve stability, comfort and seakeeping whilst reducing drag by up to 30%. Port and starboard foils adjust independently of each other, their positions calculated 100 times per second by an onboard computer to re-define ride comfort and high-speed cornering ability. Unlike other foil technologies, AFS does not lift the hull out of the water. Instead, it adjusts the heel angle and attitude of the boat ensuring the most effective contact area at the bow at any speed for stable travel and extreme levels of grip. A mode selector at the helm allows you to choose between Sport and Comfort control algorithms which adjust the attitude and responsiveness of the foils to suit your wishes. AFS works with the sea rather than battling against it, providing a completely new, on the water.
A combination of stunning design, quality and race-bred technology, the R35 is a revolutionary performance experience at all speeds. Twin direct injection V8 petrol engines with variable valve timing provide exceptional levels of torque and responsiveness to safely power her to an exhilarating 50 knots: the fastest-ever Princess. Her windshield is a sweep of curved glass, tuned using Computational Fluid Dynamics. Together with deployable side wind deflectors, the airflow moves cleanly above the cockpit and passengers’ head levels to create a neutral ‘bubble’ enabling you to ride, protected from the wind, without getting wet. The aerodynamically tuned twin air outlets on the transom help supress any back spray on the stern of the boat. Aft of the cockpit a sun-pad invites you to soak up the sunshine before you step down to the elegantly proportioned swim platform to cool off. A masterpiece – her technologically tuned form and insatiable performance, place her in a class of her own.
Whether you’re slicing through the seas at 38 knots or navigating stormy waters – the Princess V40’s ultra-responsive handling and thrilling acceleration is something to behold. The sculpted form of the Princess V40 is shaped from a lightweight, resin-infused hull composite which can create greater internal volume compared to standard hull production methods. The infamous deep-V hulls associated with our crafts are designed to ensure it requires less power and burns less fuel to achieve its maximum design speed.
A restyled helm console offering greater support and comfort. With a spacious cockpit and the option to open the sunroof (allowing for 5 square metres of open space), it’s a true open boating experience aboard the V40. The cockpit displays a large teak table and well equipped wetbar for all your entertaining needs.
Below deck, the large saloon and well-appointed galley provide a sumptuous space for entertaining with family and friends. Both cabins display contemporary style and generous proportions. The forward cabin has an en-suite bathroom with secondary access to the saloon whilst the aft cabin can be fitted with optional sliding berths to provide easy conversion to a double when required.
With the wetbar in a striking oyster grey and a pewter grey and off-white palette interior, that is both modern and elegant, the Princess V40 has the instantly recognisable V Class look. Draped contrast styling is utilised on upholstery throughout and the main saloon also features Ralph Lauren fabric panelling.