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Princess Yachts’ New Reign

Michael Verdon

The Princess V72, which recently hit U.S. shores, deviates from Princess Yachts’ classic V series both inside and out. The sleeker, more dynamic profile is a nod to forward-thinking competitors like Fairline, Sunseeker, and Azimut, but the V72 also maintains a more traditional look that will remain in vogue a decade from now.

The navy blue color on the hull sides climbs all the way up the bulwarks, giving the boat a more compact look that gets even edgier with aggressive side windows and a blade-shaped hard top. The V72 looks fast and sleek, even at the dock, and its deep-V hull supports this visage. Twin Caterpillar or twin MTU engines help bring the boat to a top end of either 34 or 37 knots, respectively.

Beyond speed, Princess was vigilant about maximizing the V72’s exterior social spaces by designing a large rear cockpit, wide side decks, and—a rarity on a boat this size—a foredeck seating area with a walk-through passage behind it. The swim platform, connected to the tender garage, is on a hydraulic lift that drops the platform to the waterline for easy launching. The exterior is clad in teak—even the cockpit bar is teak—which adds a touch of class to the white cockpit decor.

Princess, which launched its first 105-foot M Class yacht last January, borrowed many of that larger yacht’s design cues for the V72. The spacious interior has an unusually high level of detailing, including items like red, hand-stitched Italian shagreen leather on dressing tables in the owner’s and VIP staterooms, a meticulously finished ebony-wave wood pattern on cabinets, and a textured material called Bottega Black, which Princess employed for detailing the joinery.

The salon is bright and spacious, with an L-shaped settee and a round, raised dinette that sits beside the helm station. This round seat is not only attractive; it gives the diners an al-fresco experience when the overhead sunroof is open. The two-person helm station, clad in black leather, is also well positioned, providing the captain with a clear line of sight of the water. The helm has its own door to the side passages—another rarity in this size range—and a high-tech Boning control and monitoring system. 

Belowdecks, the full-beam master suite also seems like it should be on a larger boat, with large rectangular through-hull windows providing plenty of natural light. The owner’s suite amenities include a lounge, a queen-sized berth, and separate dressing quarters. The red-leather desk and walnut-pony finish on the headboard are two additional examples of the V72’s exceptional level of fit and finish. The V72 is a fresh departure for Princess, which before now, was known more for its engineering and seaworthiness than its interior design. The V72 is the best of both worlds. (www.princessyachts.com)

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