The latest motor yacht from Princess Yachts, the S72, breaks the mould with its racy, edgy, sporty looks… and it goes like the clappers too
A little edgier, a little sharper, a little bit more aggressive, that’s how the boss of British boatbuilders Princess Yachts, Chris Gates, describes the company’s latest S72 yacht. The boat was launched at the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show earlier this year – a ritzy, glittering event and an indicator of the different sort of buyer Princess is going after with the S72.
The S72 is the first in Princess Yacht’s new ‘S’ class. It already has a ‘V’ class, the Flybridge series and ‘M’ class. The ‘S’ stands for Sportsbridge, reflecting a blend of sporty looks and performance with a flying-bridge layout. The ‘72’ refers to the boat’s length in feet, though the S72 is actually 74 feet (22.57 metres) in overall length.
It’s new territory for Princess Yachts but the ‘Sportsbridge’ genre of modern motor yachts is really taking off. Fast, nimble, beautifully appointed but most of all, sporty.
The Sportsbridge is functional as well as being a defining statement. It shares dual station instrumentation and controls with the Helm Position. These include a hydraulically raised instrument console with repeat engine instrumentation and radar/chart plotter multifunction display.
There is power-assisted steering with adjustable wheel, adjustable helm seat, navigation seat plus an L-shaped seat that converts to a sunbed. Additional seating is around a sofa/dinette with folding teak table.
Perhaps most important, there’s a bar with sink, barbecue and top loading coolbox!
The ‘S’ in S72 also stands for speed. The S72 has already clocked 38 knots in sea trials, beating the maker’s target of 37 knots. And the yacht’s hull is well-proven too, being based on Princess Yacht’s established V72. A deep V-shaped hull and low centre of gravity give directional stability both straight ahead and when pulling turns. Princess Yachts calls it ‘on-water attitude’.
Engine-wise, you can choose between two Caterpillar diesels, one producing 1,622 mhp and the other 1,723 mhp, or MAN diesels with 1,800 mhp each. Even the lowest power engine will deliver 34-36 knots but if you want the kudos of a near 40 knot boat, you’ll have to go for the MAN pair.
Inside, the S72 is also a bit racier. Princess Yacht’s Director of Creative Design, Sarah Verey, has put together an exclusive range of materials, furniture and details.
“We have delivered a next generation interior for a next generation Princess,” says Sarah. “Across the S72 you will see a completely new level of finish, with bespoke contemporary furniture and textured silk panelling mixing with polished steel and Macassar Ebony.
“Black, silver and white finishes lend a fresh modernity to the interior, whilst our strong British heritage is retained through classic leathers and herringbone linings.”
Outside, there’s a sleek and aggressive design that will be a feature of all S-class boats. It looks like it has taken inspiration from designer sunglasses with the dark wraparound superstructure glass and angled hull windows. The raked profile flows into a strong architectural section in the cockpit.
The Sportbridge is accessed by a contemporary stairwell, designed to allow an uninterrupted view aft from the deck saloon. It delivers a level of space and sophistication that would put many conventional flybridges to shame.
The S72 has so much exterior space: a high vantage point sportbridge, large cockpit with steps down to the extended swimming platform and a walk-through foredeck provides an additional entertaining area. Concealed under a triple sunbed is a 3.9 metre transom garage big enough for a tender, jetski and a host of other sports equipment.
The S72’s saloon is incredible and very flexible – you can arrange and expand the space to suit the occasion. A solid timber floor extends in continuous planks right through to the cockpit. Full height glazed doors fold away creating a one-level open plan entertaining space – part covered, part open and with an optional sunroof. Tinted glass is thermobonded to the superstructure creating 360-degree infinity views.
The S72 has two full ensuite cabins and one twin. In addition there is a twin berth crew cabin aft. The full beam (width) master state room has large hull side windows running along the entire length of the cabin as well as an opening port hole – choose fresh air or air-conditioning.
“Build quality and interior sophistication is what sets Princess apart,” says the company. “Apart from our beautifully crafted light oak or cherry cabinets, there is also choice of Rovere Oak or American Walnut allowing you to customise the interior to your taste. Raw silk panelling, soft wool carpets – quality of comfort in no way compromises dynamic performance.”