The US debuts of three of its larger models should be news enough for iconic British yacht builder Princess Yachts, but set these debuts among a grand showcase of eight—ranging from an F45 to an X95—and the news underscores how well-rounded this builder truly is.
Situated prominently on Ramp Four, front and center, Princess Yachts will showcase its F45, V55, F65 S72, Y72, X80, Y85 and X95 yachts during the 2023 Palm Beach International Boat Show, March 23-26. Among them will be the US premieres of its F65, S72 and X80 models.
“Palm Beach is a great venue for us to have this type of lineup,” says Princess VP of marketing James Nobel. “It’s not an overwhelming show, it’s easy to get in and out, and there’s a good atmosphere for socializing and getting onto the boats.”
The original intimacy of the show lining the docks along Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach has been maintained, and, as the original exhibitors have grown, the show has accommodated. “The show has done a good job of making it easier to expand your presence,” says Nobel, who adds that Princess Yachts’ eye-catching and varied display will give attendees “a good feel for Princess in general.”
U.S. DEBUT: F65
Owner Operation in Style
Styling-wise, the new F65 hints at the flowing lines and contemporary exterior profile displayed by her larger Y Series sisters. Interior-wise, she is the full package for owner-operators.
Princess Yachts’ F Class yachts—“F for “flybridge”—are designed with an innovative use of space within an attractive exterior package. Comfortable socializing is at the heart of this design, which features numerous exterior deck areas and an impressive four-stateroom layout.
The F65 features a galley-aft configuration that facilitates indoor/outdoor entertainment with a large dinette and a spacious raised salon and helm area forward. The large geometric-patterned windows that lend the yacht its contemporary flair welcome plentiful natural light into this space.
The four-stateroom layout is a notable feature of this new model, and eight guests can be comfortably accommodated in a full-beam master suite amidships, a VIP in the bow, and a bunk cabin and convertible twin to port and starboard, respectively. The F65 also offers the option for transom-access crew quarters aft of the engine room.
From the aft deck, with its U-shaped settee and dinette, to the foredeck with split sun pads and the option for refrigeration, the deck areas of the F65 are a compelling feature of this compact yacht. As the name would suggest, the flybridge is the main attraction, and the F65 flybridge will not disappoint. Ideal for entertaining, this space is fitted with ergonomic dining seating, a wet bar with barbecue, refrigeration, and an aft sunbed and L-shaped settee that converts to a second sunbed when desired.
With an overall aesthetic signed off by Pininfarina, the F65 hits the sweet spot for owner-operators who appreciate style and space.
U.S. DEBUT: S72
Motoryacht Space, Sport-Yacht Speed
Ease of use, four full-scale staterooms, a giant sunroof that opens to the sky—the new S72 takes the Princess S Class to a new level with its hardtop design and plentiful motoryacht amenities in the sport-yacht package.
Described as the “luxury sport class,” the S Class is defined by a dynamic extended profile and a deep-V hull that delivers agile performance and speeds up to 36 knots.
Aboard the new S72, an extended cockpit features a U-shaped settee with modular seating and a folding teak table. A sun pad aft invites relaxation with a good book. A cockpit bar with a fold-up window offers a seamless transition between the aft galley and the aft deck space. Owners are offered the option of four interior styles to complete the look of their S72. Within the spacious interior, a large L-shaped dining area is situated opposite the well-equipped galley, while the main salon entertainment space and interior helm station occupy the space forward.
The interior light afforded by the sweeping hull windows extends into the lower deck accommodations, which notably feature a full-beam master stateroom amidships, a VIP in the bow, and mirrored convertible twins. The owners will also enjoy a dedicated staircase access the owner’s suite via a private lobby area. Crew quarters are positioned aft.
The sport bridge is the place to be aboard the S72, with a helm with twin chairs and sprawling settees and a dinette positioned beneath an opening hardtop. Here, guests can relax and take in the view with a bit of breeze as the captain demonstrates the exhilarating performance of this luxury sport cruiser.
U.S. DEBUT: X80
Interior Volume Uncompromised
The rise of high-volume yacht designs is bringing gracious interior space to the midsize-yacht market. While many high-volume designs trade speed for space, Princess X80 owners can have both superyacht-level interior space and comfortable speeds in the 26-to-28-knot range.
Princess calls this X Class the “Superfly” family, in that the X has a “super flybridge” with nearly 30 percent more interior space than traditional yachts of the same size. An elongated exterior profile with flowing lines provides a sculpted appeal, and the X80 offers incredible deck areas to complement its four-stateroom layout.
The spacious interior is further augmented by the yacht’s flowing window lines that stream natural light within the main deck salon and country kitchen forward as well as the lower deck. The standard layout sees the full-beam master stateroom amidships, a forward VIP, a double to starboard, and a twin to port. Three crew can be accommodated aft in this layout. X80 clients also have the option of adding a main-deck master stateroom that includes a private owner’s sundeck.
The X80’s interior is matched by her inviting deck areas. Walkaround side decks connect the aft deck to the foredeck, and the flybridge is nothing short of, well, super. Situated under the retractable hardtop, a built-in settee offers an entertainment space aft of the helm station, while the deck extends to the outdoors with numerous seating areas.
Of the three yachts making their grand entrances at the Palm Beach Show, Nobel says that the X80 will be by appointment only due to its highly anticipated arrival. “It’s a model that has taken off in this market already,” he says. “The living spaces are incredible.”
To learn more information about Princess Yachts and these models, visit princessyachts.com.