On board a spectacular new £2.75m motor yacht.
Motor Boat & Yachting editor Hugo Andreae takes us on a full tour of the Princess F65…
More than 3ft longer and 3in wider than the Princess F62 it replaces, it’s a significant step up in every measure.
The most obvious change is to the exterior, with its sculptured surfacing, more fluid window line and blue accenting. Along with the extra length, it makes for a leaner looking, more balanced profile that will set the tone for all future Princess F-Class models.
It’s a theme that carries through to the interior too, where the designers have worked hard to add extra visual interest without losing sight of the deep-seated quality and practical cruising values so loved by Princess owners.
This starts with a softer, more open feel to the saloon, using angled sofas, rounded corners, leather-wrapped grab rails, cross-grained wood on the tables and huge windows without any styling lines to interrupt the view.
Our favourite feature is the cosy corner seat opposite the helm, which has a swing-out laptop table concealed under the dash so you can bang out a few emails or check the weather forecast before sliding it away when you’re done.
The big window below is an extra bunk cabin, taking the tally to four – but the crew cabin is now so spacious that we’d be inclined to call it five. There are now two beds in here with plenty of natural light from the transom window, as well as an ensuite bathroom with a proper separate shower compartment.
It’s all fitted out with the same high-quality woodwork as the guest accommodation, so you could happily use it as an overflow cabin without putting anyone’s nose out of joint.
The outside entertaining spaces have also moved on, particularly the full-length flybridge with its offset sunbed and twin asymmetric seating areas that feel more welcoming and open than the usual rectangular booths.
However, it’s the foredeck sunpads that take the prize for innovation, thanks to folding cushions that can be used to create aft-facing seats or forward-facing headrests, and a refrigerated locker that enables you to grab a cold beer simply by rolling over – bliss!
It all adds up to a very polished, if slightly predictable, offering that fully lives up to its flagship status. The Princess F65 with Motor Boat & Yachting.
Princess F65 Specifications
LOA (incl. pulpit): 66FT 7IN / 20.3M
Beam: 16FT 9IN / 5.10M
Draft: 5FT 4IN / 1.63M
Displacement: 40,177KG / 88,575LBS
Fuel capacity: 902GAL / 1,083US GAL / 4,100 L
Engines: Twin 1,000hp Volvo Penta D13s or Twin MAN V8 1200 (2 x 1,200mhp)
Top speed: 33 knots
Discover more about the all-new Princess F65 online: www.princess.co.uk/boat/princess-f65/
Many thanks to Hugo Andreae at Motor Boat & Yachting: www.mby.com/video/2022-princess-f65-122771