At its Plymouth, England, factory, Princess takes care to keep the yard clean and orderly — an attention to detail that shines through in the products the builder turns out. Touring the Princess 30M, you get the unmistakable sense that her construction process went smoothly, and thus, so will her life at sea. It’s a hard feeling to describe, but it’s also very real.

As with everything else in life, there are levels to the yacht game. Perhaps when you were younger, you couldn’t conceive of a boat larger than that 60-foot motoryacht docked each summer at the most prominent slip your local marina had to offer. And maybe so recently as 10 years ago, an 80-footer felt like a truly grand yacht fit for moguls and movie stars.
But the times, they do change. And presently, even an 80-footer, roundly impressive by most any other measure, won’t cut it for the lucky few. England’s largest yacht manufacturer, Princess Yachts, realizes this in full, of course. And thus, the builder has given us the Princess 30M.

At a single inch shy of 100 feet — which seems a little cruel, doesn’t it? — the 30M can reliably call herself a true mega-yacht. And her role in the Princess fleet is to welcome owners sizing up from motoryachts to the real deal: that is, the right to call their yachts mega.
One of the most prominent ways that the 30M distinguishes herself as a mega-yacht is with the placement of her master stateroom, which is on the main deck — not down below and amidships, as on most slightly smaller vessels. The design choice gives the master an inarguable touch of class, not to mention admirable amounts of space and natural light. (The latter trait is helped immensely by a large skylight overhead).
A forward-situated head nicely complements the living space, offering a large shower and his-and-her sinks well accoutered with swirling, nearly flawless marble.

Another main-deck, dead giveaway that the 30M is in the mega-yacht class is her galley. Aft and to port, it is enclosed, ensuring that a top-rated chef will have all the privacy, stowage and prep space needed to produce five-star tasting menus in any anchorage.
Perhaps as you sit in the Princess’s aft cockpit one lovely evening, enjoying the breeze off the Mediterranean and a chilled flute of Krug Grande Cuvée, you might decide you’d like to pair the bubbly with a nice truffle arancini. That can most certainly be arranged.
Princess’s numerous skilled and knowledgeable workers also allow the company to customize its yachts. Sure, fabrics, woods and other materials are up to the owner, but creativity is also welcome, and Princess relishes a challenge. On board my test 30M, the owner, a motorcycle enthusiast, had a glass enclosure built for one of his bikes on the flybridge aft, so the bike is clearly visible from the docks — a creative touch that truly defines “custom.”

“And if all of these features aren’t enough to entice you to get a better look at the 30M, here’s another one that will fire up any yacht fanatic: She’s simply, undeniably pretty.”
The new Princess 30M will be on display at Cannes Yachting Festival from 6th – 11th September at Jetée 002 and at Monaco Yacht Show 28 September – 1 October at Quai Kennedy E16.


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