Launching in 2016, the Princess 49 cleverly combines high performance, with economical sea-keeping qualities. Manoeuvrability sits at the heart of the 49, with a first of its kind handling associated with the very latest IPS pod drive system. This is the very first Princess flybridge with IPS drive. The WSB team take a closer look at this new innovation addition to Princess.
Cutting through waves at speeds up to 35 knots or cruising at a highly economical 30 knots, the new Princess 49 promises to be sublimely enjoyable. Guests can enjoy spacious accommodation both above and below decks – that’s perfect for hosting thanks to the uniquely designed deep-V hull.
Everyone can enjoy the view from the flybridge which incorporates a twin helm seat, a large L-shaped sofa that converts into a sunpad, and a generous seating area aft with a folding table. A refrigerated icebox is fitted as standard and a wetbar with BBQ is optionally available.
The sociable layout continues in the well-designed deck saloon that comes alive with light from the panoramic windows and features an ingenious aft-galley that can be fitted with a full-height fridge/freezer and optional icemaker.
This bright space leads onto the cockpit via triple sliding doors which incorporates U-shaped seating and a folding teak table to further enjoy the outdoor lifestyle.
Below deck, there’s a full beam owner’s stateroom, a forward guest cabin with the option of scissor berths and a generous two berth starboard cabin. Princess have embraced new technology to further raise the competitive bar in a very competitive market segment, the sub 50 ft, we think they have pulled off a fine job with the 49, although sales will prove if it’s a hit with potential customers.