Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
While the all new Princess V60 looks modern, sleek, and elegant on the exterior, the inviting interior simply exudes warmth and relaxation. The V60 is one of six yachts from forty-two to eighty feet in the Princess V Class (series). Princess of Plymouth, England offers a total of twenty-three models from thirty to one hundred feet in seven classes. Only one of these models, at thirty-five feet, could be referred to in North American terms as a “day-boat” or big “runabout,” but Princess calls it a Performance Sport Yacht.
The V60, at sixty-two feet length overall on a sixteen foot beam is a three-stateroom yacht in the style and layout of the modern Sport Coupe with cockpit, galley, dinette, relaxation area, and helm all on the one main level and with staterooms and heads on a lower level.
A proportionally large hydraulic swim platform with foldaway boarding ladder and hot and cold shower offers both port and starboard staircase access to the cockpit. These twin staircases flank a queen or even king-size sunpad atop an electrically-opening “garage” storage compartment fitted with a tender launch and retrieval system for up to a ten foot dinghy. The platform, staircases, and cockpit all have teak overlay.
A five or six-place U-shaped settee with teak folding table and two folding director’s-style chairs dominate the cockpit along with a portside L-shaped wetbar with top-loading refrigerator and electric grill. Lockable in-floor hatches provide access not only to the engine room and lazarette, but also to the optionally available separate living quarters for a crew member. There is also a life raft storage locker. A cockpit cover is provided.
Starboard side stainless steel-framed sliding glass doors plus an integrated portside opening window aft of the galley open up the cockpit visually and practically to the salon, or what Princess calls “Deck Saloon.” To starboard as you enter the salon is an L-shaped dining area with folding table and beyond it just aft of the dual helm chairs is a sideboard with glass and bottle storage, refrigerator, and entertainment centre including a 49-inch UHD LED electrically lowering TV with DVD, stereo, and surround sound system.
To port opposite the sofa is the modern and brightly lit galley with full-size refrigerator/freezer, 4-zone ceramic hob (4-burner glass top stove), microwave/convection oven with grill, stainless sink, and L-shaped countertop with cupboards, storage lockers, and drawers. Ahead of this on the port side is the raised U-shaped, comfortable six-person lounging couch with coffee table. Visibility is a full 360-degrees with surrounding windows and when the weather is great, open the huge electric sunroof.
Opposite this couch on the starboard side is the helm, the business end of this yacht with its twin leather high back helm chairs with armrests, the driver’s chair being electrically adjustable and facing a very modern business-like dash. Full colour screens for GPS, chart plotter, radar, and sonar are provided along with digital engine controls and instrumentation, bow thruster, high speed magnetic compass, autopilot, trim tabs, windshield wipers, etc. A driver’s side window and one opposite on the port side open electrically for fresh air and for communication to the side decks while docking.
The owner’s aft full-beam stateroom with en-suite head with separate shower, electric head, and full vanity features a queen size (although called a double by Princess) stand-alone bed, lounging sofa, dressing table, wardrobe with drawers and hanging locker, and a 40-inch LED TV with DVD, and stereo with MP3 port. Hullside windows provide natural lighting.
The forward guest stateroom with a similar en-suite head which also a acts as a day head for guests features a raised pedestal double bed, a dressing table, and wardrobe with shelves, storage and drawers. A starboard side stateroom has your choice of two single beds or one double, wardrobe with shelves, storage and drawers. All beds have inner pocket-sprung mattresses with quilted bedspreads.
Several choices of interior finishes, carpet, flooring, upholstery fabric, blinds, sunscreens, and curtains are available. Power is from twin straight drive Man 1200 hp diesels providing a top speed in the range of 40-plus mph. An 11 kW diesel generator is standard as is an anchor windlass with anchor, eight batteries, battery charger, and 50-Amp shorepower.
Additional niceties include a C-shaped foredeck lounge immediately ahead of the base of the windshield facing a large foredeck stretch-out sunpad, line and fender storage, plus a pair of freshwater washdown faucets. A most unusual standard feature for all Princess owners is the inclusion of “Princess Lifeline,” a 24/7 worldwide SOS service providing two years of medical and travel safety emergency assistance.
The Princess V60 is as a yacht of this calibre should be; luxurious, accommodating, commodious, inviting, and very liveable.
|Dry weight:||64,335 lbs||29,182 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||858 US gals||3250 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Twin Man Inboard|
|Engine HP:||Total 2400|