The newly launched Princess Yachts V55 has taken its place among the growing V-Class line-up, joining the recently added V50, V60, V65 and 78 models alongside the existing V40. The Princess V55 delivers on a clear brief for the modern sports yacht – amalgamating the elegance of form, quality materials, perfect practicality and inspiring dynamics. Immediately recognisable features of the V Class is the sweeping window line profile and an all-new Princess deep-V resin-infused hull. Let’s take a closer look at the important facts and features of this latest V-Class arrival.
Princess has employed calculated focus in the architectural design and interior layout to reduce the centre of gravity, giving the V55 improved ocean-going range, performance and stability. The V55 hull’s structural form delivers technical sea-keeping advantages by optimising lift and drag at speed and providing the framework for its ingenious use of space. At the heart of the V hull’s stability and predictability is the compact, efficient, high-power twin Volvo D13 engines that deliver up to 2,000 mhp combined and a top speed of 37 knots. The result is an intoxicating combination of engine performance and classic V-Class handling traits.
The exterior of the latest V-Class is characterised by long sweeping lines and sculptural forms that are striking in their simplicity. The dynamic profile conceals a spacious and well-designed interior. Access to the V55 is from the elegantly proportioned hydraulic bathing platform, leading to the teak deck that runs throughout the living area. An illuminated Princess ‘crown’ logo on the transom guides guests aboard into a beautifully appointed cockpit that features practical and flexible, modular L-shaped seating and a sociable dining area with folding teak table, wet bar and electric barbecue, complemented by all-weather, waterproof speakers connected to the high-quality Naim audio system in the main saloon.
The cockpit connects to the main saloon via a drop-down sliding patio door, seamlessly integrating the two living areas. Further forward, the galley kitchen houses a 3-zone induction hob, extractor fan and microwave oven complete with grill. Fresh food can be stored in the refrigerator or the deep freeze. The stylish main deck saloon offers more sumptuous seating, including an angled, port-side sofa that cocoons guests in lavish comfort.
The electric-opening roof reveals a living space that effortlessly connects to the world outside through full-length side windows. A useful sideboard unit provides bottle and glass storage, as well as a drinks refrigerator, plus a rise and fall UHD LED TV, with DVD/Blu-ray and Naim Uniti Atom audio system.
Below, up to six guests can enjoy three beautifully appointed, spacious cabins that are filled with natural light from the hull glazing. The impressive full-beam master stateroom has a large double bed, en suite, 40-inch UHD LED TV and Naim Audio system, plus plenty of storage for extended stays at sea.
Further guests can be accommodated in the forward cabin or third bunk cabin. The lobby features a washer-dryer and laundry facilities, whilst an optional single aft cabin for crew or occasional guest can also be specified. Princess expects V55 owners and guests to spend as much time as possible above deck.
The spacious foredeck boasts innovative sunpads which can be converted to create additional aft-facing seating. From the transom, there is access to the garage with integrated launch system that can comfortably accommodate a 3.45m tender. It features an electro-hydraulic door and is the perfect base for water sports. A separate, internal watertight door from the garage gives direct access to the optional crew cabin and engine room.
The new Princess V55 has been designed from the all-new deep-V hull upwards to offer dynamic and luxurious all-round ability on the water. The ingenious design of Princess’s deep-V hull is key to the V55’s impressive performance. A lightweight, resin-infused structure combined with a pair of the latest, high-power, efficient Volvo D13 engines offers a total of 2,000 mhp and breath-taking agility at speeds of up to 37 knots.
Princess’s deep-V hulls are born from the company’s naval architect’s obsession with exceptional sea-keeping and voluminous space – their sculpted form shaped from a lightweight, resin-infused composite creates greater internal volume compared to standard hull production methods. The variable geometry of Princess’s all-new deep-V hull translates power into assured, taut handling.
The V55 requires less power and burns less fuel than comparative yachts thanks to the all-new deep-V design, whether you are slicing through flat seas at 37 knots or navigating unsettled waters. With a smooth delivery of power, it has been optimised for greater lift and less drag, producing lower planing speeds and greater efficiency. Such precision thinking gives rise to the most exhilarating performance, defined by the V55’s efficiency, agility and poise across the water.
UK boat-builder Princess Yachts has been renowned for building luxury boats for more than 50 years. Synonymous with luxurious style and power, the latest Princess V Class will impress from the moment you step aboard. Instantly recognisable as a member of the V Class fleet, the V55 utilises the same build ethos as new models from both the V and S Class ranges. It retains the same overall design integrity through the use of the finest materials and timbers available. The V-Class 55 is a welcomed addition to the growing V-Class line-up.