Making its international debut at the September shows, the long-awaited Princess 49 flybridge offers owners a double first.
A new construction system infuses the hull and its internal framework of reinforcement as one piece, for the first time in a Princess, greatly increasing strength and structural integrity. The new vessel is also one of the first in the world to be fitted with Volvo ‘s latest IPS drive package, tailor-made for performance motor yachts of this class.
IPS drives allow the engines to be mounted flat and placed wherever they are required by the design, connected to the drive pods by jack shafts. The Princess 49 was one of the first production yachts to be fitted with the new power plant, and sea trials in the Spring soon demonstrated a perfect match between boat and engines.
“The results are excellent”, confirmed Princess Yachts sales director Will Green. “The engines offer all benefits of IPS but with added grunt to push the 49 to speeds in the mid-30s – and with excellent acceleration”.
Superlative ride and handling are also, of course, vital elements of the Princess brand promise. “We wanted the handling characteristics and angle of heel to be comparable to our other flybridge boats”, said Green.
On any Princess, naval architecture and engineering go hand in hand with superlative space planning and in-depth interior design. The key quality of the 49’s main deck is its sociability, with the galley placed aft close to the cockpit and also perfectly placed for the dining table on the raised mid-deck.
Down below, that all-important midships master cabin has all the headroom hinted at by the raised mid-deck, along with a full-size double bed and large hull windows on each side. “What a cabin it is”, declared Motor Boat and Yachting Magazine. The forward VIP suite has a generous shower and WC compartment which is easily as big as one in the master, and also comes with the option of pivoting “scissor” berths, allowing the cabin to be arranged as a double or a twin. The third cabin, ideal for kids with two bunk beds, is on the starboard side.
Both inside and out, the Princess 49 looks like it could be a world beater. Out on the open water, all doubt is dispelled. As Motor Boat and Yachting observed, “this is another class act from Princess”.
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