When the previous iteration of the Princess 75 Motor Yacht came to the United States in 2004, it was a big event for the storied Plymouth, England-based builder. That model was the first Princess explicitly marketed toward the massive and hungry U.S. yacht market. With its distinctly American layout, the yacht soon became a hit. Eventually, it became something of a classic. So when Princess re-envisioned that yacht for the present day, it did so with pride and fastidiousness, knowing the new 75 Motor Yacht had big shoes to fill.
From the moment you step aboard the new 75 Motor Yacht, it’s evident that she was built to maximize enjoyment on the water — especially if you enter from the 13-by-7-foot swim platform. That area is so spacious, it feels like an auxiliary deck. This effect is by design. The 75 has a davit on the flybridge, where the 13-foot tender will likely spend most of its time, freeing up the hydraulic swim platform to function like a mega-yacht beach club. A teak bench-style seat for two, in the center of the transom, cements this conceit. Of course, if you’re island hopping, the tender can take up residence on the swim platform, where the hydraulic system is designed to make launching and retrieval a breeze.
The cockpit has U-shaped aft seating with a settee for alfresco dining, as well as a drink-serving station to starboard. A control station to starboard helps make the 75 easily dockable.
A highlight on board the 75 Motor Yacht is her breezy-feeling, 140-square-foot salon (not including dinette). The volume of this space is largely thanks to Princess’ decision to resin-infuse the entire boat, allowing for weight-to-strength efficiency. What’s more, Princess surrounded the space with windows to enhance natural light. In particular, the window amidships and to port stretches from the sole to the ceiling, an impressive feat of engineering. The salon on my test boat had an elegant, high-gloss walnut finish that’s proved popular for Princess. Oak is an option but thus far has been relegated to the minority of builds. I understand why. To my eye, the darker walnut lends a sense of gravitas to the interior. It subtly helps push the needle from boat to yacht.
Just inside that aforementioned sole-to-ceiling window is a formal dining settee for eight. And here’s something I don’t think I’ve ever written in a review: The dining settee was one of my favorite features of the yacht. It’s set on a track that lets it slide back toward the cockpit, transforming it from a swanky dining setup to a buffet table ideal for a party. This simple, ingenious contraption transforms the entire space surrounding it. It proves that Princess pays attention to the details, which can have the most impact, and it enhances this vessel’s pedigree as an entertaining juggernaut.
Across from the dining table is the galley, set up on the yacht’s main level in a nod to American preference. Plate stowage is abaft the galley in the salon, to free up room for more food stowage and make setting the table easier. A relatively giant refrigerator — fridge and freezer space is 32 cubic feet — adds food stowage and hints at the lengthy amount of time Princess expects this yacht to spend at sea.
Belowdecks are three en suite guest staterooms. One highlight is the amidships master, accessible through a dedicated stairway. It has an island king berth and an en suite head with his-and-her sinks and a shower that boasts nearly 7 feet of headroom. A center-aligned flat-screen TV is beset by macassar ebony wood. The grain calls to mind tiger stripes. The phrase “mega-yacht touch” is often used when dealing with yachts in the 75’s size range, and in this case, the detailing fits the bill.
Her flybridge is another highlight. Notably, there’s a well-outfitted cooking station to port, with a counter, grill and sink, plus a U-shaped dining settee to starboard that accommodates six to 10 guests.
The slightly off-center flybridge helm is where I wheeled the yacht through a gusty gauntlet of 4-foot bumps. Our test 75 couldn’t have cared less. I ran her at about 30 knots through the slop, turning hard over on a dime and cresting each wave with an assuredly soft landing in the trough. Sight lines were unobstructed, and control was on point. The vessel’s resin-infused hull sliced through everything with ease and evinced nary a creak nor a shudder regardless of the angle at which it hit the slop. The run was confidence-inducing and pointed to this yacht’s high level of functionality. Despite her focus on entertaining, she’s no gin palace.
The Princess 75 Motor Yacht has some performance bona fides that make her an excellent cruiser equipped for the long haul. It’s no wonder that as of my test date, Princess had already sold seven of these hulls, including a gobstopping three in a single hour at her Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show domestic debut. This yacht grabs you by the lapels the moment you step on board. She may very well become a brand-new classic in her own right.
WHAT'S SHE RUNNIN'
Princess offers three propulsion options for the 75 Motor Yacht: twin 1,622 hp Caterpillar C32 Acerts (standard) that top out at 33 knots, twin 1,723 hp Cats that should allow her to hit 34 knots, and twin 1,800 hp MAN V-12s that could see 36 knots at wide-open throttle. Our test 75 had the big MANs. Whichever you choose, the power plants live in a spacious engine room that has a heavy focus on unfettered access and redundancy. And Princess uses white gelcoat just about everywhere, so anyone doing maintenance work can spot and clean spills.
LET THERE BE LIGHT
Oversize windows are throughout the Princess 75 Motor Yacht’s interior. There’s a sole-to-ceiling window (6 feet 9 inches, to be exact) in the salon, and the master has rectangular windows measuring 5 feet by 2½ feet to either side, not only allowing the owner great views but also making the stateroom feel larger than it is. The same can also be said for the guest accommodations.