marine - The V39: Second time around for Princess Yachts
Written by R. Bransom Been
Princess Yachts are not known for cutting corners. But now, as builders of special motor yachts up to 40m, Princess’s return to building boats under 12m was a special challenge. They needn’t have worried.
Since its unveiling in 2012, the 11.99m (excluding swim platform) hardtop Princess V39 has been impressing with style, performance, and especially price – just under US$500,000.
Sleeping seven and able to reach almost 40 knots with her two six-cylinder 330hp Volvo Penta Diesel outdrives, the V39 exudes quality with stainless-steel guardrails, a Perrin & Rowe sink in the galley, and lots of teak, including on the optional hydraulic swim platform.
The cockpit features a bar with sink and hot and cold running water, top-loading chill box, and optional electric barbecue.
Down below, there’s full-standing headroom with leather and Avonite worktops in a surprising galley that would easily be at home on a larger boat; and for the master stateroom, there are en-suite facilities with separate shower.
Since its founding in 1965, the Princess brand, ‘the definitive motor yacht experience’, has meant quality, and its V Class is intended to unite luxury and performance. So the challenge with the new V39 was to deliver on that brand promise by producing so much boat for that incredibly low price. Winning ‘Best Sports cruiser up to 13.72m’ at the Motor Boat of the Year Awards shows that, with the V39, it has succeeded.
Princess’s entry-level model, the V39, with such an enticing price may not be the builder’s most profitable, but it’s perfect to get buyers hooked on the Princess brand, and from there the sky’s the limit.
Qatar International Boat Show
The Qatar International Boat Show (QIBS) returns for its second year and promises to be double the size of the first show. The new upgraded exhibition area in Lusail Marina includes shows both on land and in the water, with over 60 boats in the water and more than 100 exhibitors. There will also be a new section devoted to luxury products and services. QIBS 2014 will be open daily from 3pm–9.30pm, November 11–15, 2014, at Lusail Marina, Doha.
Princess Yachts was born in 1965 with the rather inauspicious name of ‘Marine Projects (Plymouth) Ltd’. One of the company’s original founders, David King, stepped down as chairman at the end of August to focus on new yacht design and development as a director.