Princess Heritage


A small industrial unit in Newport Street, Plymouth was the birthplace of Princess Yachts almost fifty years ago in 1965. Founded by ex Naval Officer David King, Princess has developed into one of the most successful and sophisticated motor yacht builders in the world, employing over two thousand people across six huge factories in and around Plymouth and building over three hundred yachts annually.

Heritage plays a huge part in the success of the company. David King, in his position as Chairman, still heads up the company and Newport Street remains the main factory site, having expanded to encompass the entire street plus reclaimed land out over the adjoining creek. The world renowned naval Architect, Bernard Olesinski, has overseen the conception of the hull and superstructure elements of every new Princess Yacht for over thirty years culminating in the super-efficient hybrid planning technology of the most recent models.

Whilst benefiting from such a rich history, Princess Yachts International is a firmly forward facing company.

After achieving the Queens Award for Export in 1988, the company continues to expand globally to the extent that today 90% of production is exported. Princess Yachts was the first European company to be awarded ISO 14001 for its quality control and every model up to 85 feet meets RINA Green Plus.

80% of every Princess is constructed in house. Cutting edge precision composite construction and resin infusion technology reduces weight increasing fuel efficiency and performance whilst maximising interior volume. Stiffer, stronger superstructures grant larger glazed areas gifting the interiors more light and panoramic views. Princess deep V hulls deliver the finest sea keeping and ride, ensuring guests and crew are kept comfortable and safe.

Even construction techniques are at the very forefront of technology, almost completely eliminating styrene gas emissions in the workplace and for the local environment for instance.

Every aspect of the conception, design, build, and ultimately use, of every Princess Yacht is at the very frontier of what is technically possible today.


Today 19.01.2017

Princess V58 Open Wins Motor Boat Award 2017

Princess V58 Open Wins Motor Boat Award 2017

The Princess V58 Open received the award in the category for “Sportscruisers over 45ft”, for “delivering a truly intoxicating mix of style, sophistication and speed, with a party boat deck layout.” Stylish and powerful, the Princess V58 Open was first launched at the Southampton Boat Show in 2015.

Princess 75 Motor Yacht Motor Boat Award Winner 2017

Princess 75 Motor Yacht Motor Boat Award Winner 2017

Described as a “boat that doesn’t put a foot wrong in any department, with a genuinely entertaining driving experience and a top speed of 35 knots”, the Princess 75 Motor Yacht came top in the category for “Flybridges over 55ft”. The prestigious prize was presented to Chris Gates, Managing Director of Princess Yachts International, at the Awards dinner, held in London on 9th January 2017.

2016

Princess 35M Wins Superyacht Award

Princess 35M Wins Superyacht Award

The first Princess 35M, Antheya III, has claimed the top prize at Boat International’s World Superyacht Awards in the Semi-Displacement & Planing Two Deck Motor Yacht category. Boat International said: “The judges particularly admired her exterior design, which incorporated a variety of functional areas in which to relax and dine, as well as her contemporary yet ageless interior. Additionally, the judges found a high quality of construction and excellent technical, service and crew areas. A well balanced yacht indeed.” Antheya III is the second Princess M Class to claim a prestigious World Superyacht Award with the first Princess 40M, Imperial Princess, winning in the Three Deck Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts category in 2013.

2015

Princess V48 Open – 2015 Motor Boat Award Winner

Princess V48 Open – 2015 Motor Boat Award Winner

In the Sportscruiser over 45ft category, make way for the Princess V48 Open. Launched at the Cannes Boat Show in 2013, the open version of the V48, she is the perfect vessel for the outdoor lifestyle.

Princess S72 Wins 2015 Motor Boat Award

Princess S72 Wins 2015 Motor Boat Award

The brand new Princess S72, launched in 2014, was awarded the coveted prize in the over 55ft category in the 2015 Motor Boat Awards. The S72 is the first of the new S Class Sportbridge yachts, in less than a year, had already received much acclaim - the award, evidence of her outstanding class, amongst rival yachts in this category.

2014

Princess V39 wins again

Princess V39 wins again

The Princess V39 has scooped another award, this time at the 2014 Asia Boating Awards. Following major successes in the UK and US, Princess' entry level sportscruiser was awarded the Best Worldwide Production Boat under 15M at the 10th annual Asia Boating Awards held in Hong Kong.

Princess 56 wins at the Boat of the Year Japan awards

Princess 56 wins at the Boat of the Year Japan awards

For the second consecutive year Princess have been victorious at the Boat of the Year Japan awards. The impressive Princess 56 has been named ‘Best Imported Large Yacht’, following in the footsteps of the multi-award winning V52 which last year also became the first ever imported boat to claim the title of overall ‘Boat of the Year Japan’.

Princess 43 scoops the 2014 Motor Boat Award

Princess 43 scoops the 2014 Motor Boat Award

Princess continues to dominate the flybridge market with the new Princess 43 collecting the award for best Flybridge up to 55ft at the 2014 Motor Boat Awards, arguably the most important category of the night and fighting off competition from far larger challengers.

2013

Princess V48 Open Receives European Powerboat of the Year Award 2014 Nomination

Princess V48 Open Receives European Powerboat of the Year Award 2014 Nomination

The new Princess V48 Open has been nominated for European Powerboat of the Year 2014 in the over 45ft category. The V48 Open made her international debut in September at the Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes.

Princess receives International Accolade

Princess receives International Accolade

Princess Yachts International is celebrating the success of Imperial Princess, the first Princess 40M from the company’s M Class range of 100ft plus yachts, at the eighth annual World Superyacht Awards held in Istanbul, Turkey on 4 May.

40M Wins Best Production Yacht

40M Wins Best Production Yacht

The 40M has been named ‘Best Production Motor Yacht (24m to 40m)’ at the 9th annual Asia Boating Awards. Jointly organised by Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating the awards, which were attended by industry VIPs from around the globe, honour the best of yachting in Asia and internationally.

Princess V52 Crowned ‘Boat of the Year Japan 2012

Princess V52 Crowned ‘Boat of the Year Japan 2012

Princess Yachts International celebrate another win at the annual Boat of the Year Japan 2012 awards. Having already claimed the title of ‘Best Imported Large Yacht’ the Princess V52 has been crowned overall ‘Boat of the Year’ in a ceremony held at the Japan International Boat Show.

Princess V39 Recieves Motor Boat of the Year

Princess V39 Recieves Motor Boat of the Year

Princess Yachts International enjoyed yet another successful evening at the annual IPC Marine Media’s Motor Boat of the Year Awards where the Princess V39, which has received high praise from the worlds boating media since her launch last year, picked up the coveted title of ‘Motor Boat of the Year’ for Sportscruisers up to 45ft.

2012

Princess V52 Awarded Best Sportscruiser

Princess V52 Awarded Best Sportscruiser

The Princess V52 is awarded best Sportscruiser over 45ft and Chairman and founder of Princess Yachts, David King, recieves the Judges' Special Award at the Motor Boat of the Year Awards 2012

2011

Princess Achieve The RINA Green Plus Notation

Princess Achieve The RINA Green Plus Notation

Princess Yachts today became the first significant British boat builder to achieve the Rina Green Plus (Y) notation for their entire range of V Class and Flybridge yachts up to 24m (85 feet).

Princess 32M Wins Asia Boating Award

Princess 32M Wins Asia Boating Award

The 32M was awarded the title of Best Production Motor Yacht (81 to 120 feet) at the 7th annual Asia Boating Awards which took place on 6th May at 2011 Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show.

2010

Princess V62 Recieves Boat of the Year Award

Princess V62 Recieves Boat of the Year Award

Princess Yachts International enjoyed another successful evening at the annual Motor Boat of the Year awards where, the already highly acclaimed V62 picked up the coveted title of ‘Boat of the Year’ for the Sports Cruiser category.

2009

Superyacht Shipyard at South Yard

Superyacht Shipyard at South Yard

In 2009, Princess acquire a new site; South Yard on a long term lease from the Ministry of Defence for the development of the M Class Superyachts. The company was later granted the freehold in 2011.

2008

2007

2006

2005

Princess Celebrates 40 Years

Princess Celebrates 40 Years

The Company now employs 1,450 people and enjoys global sales in excess of £140 million with exports accounting for 90% of sales.

2004

2003

2002

2001

Princess Yachts International

Princess Yachts International

Marine Projects (Plymouth) Ltd becomes Princess Yachts International plc.

2000

1999

1998

1997

Factory Facilities Expand

Factory Facilities Expand

New purpose-built headquarters were opened in Newport Street, Plymouth in 1997. A new site at Coypool, Plymouth was also acquired and an extension added to the manufacturing facilities at Langage, Plymouth. Today, Princess Yachts shipyards span over 1,100,000 sq ft.

1996

1995

1994

1993

First V Class Yacht

First V Class Yacht

The First V Class sports yachts are developed, the V39 and V52, both with outstanding performance and sea-keeping abilities and widely accepted in world markets, laying a strong foundation fro today's high performance V Class range.

1992

1991

1990

1989

1988

Awarded the Queen’s Export Award

Awarded the Queen’s Export Award

Marine Projects (Plymouth) Ltd are awarded the Queen's Export Award.

1987

1986

1985

1984

1983

1982

The Largest Production Motor Yacht in the UK

The Largest Production Motor Yacht in the UK

In 1982, the Princess 45 was introduced, a landmark design, and at the time the largest production motoryacht in the UK. Over 400 were sold in 9 years when it was replaced by the Princess 455.

1981

1980

Bernard Olesinksi

Bernard Olesinksi

Bernard Olesinski designs his first Princess, the Princess 30DS. It is the beginning of a design relationship that continues to present day.

1979

1978

Princess 412

Princess 412

The first Princess to be built with Volvo inboard diesels (TAMD60-255hp) is launched - the Princess 412

1977

1975

1974

First Princess Flybridge

First Princess Flybridge

The Princess 37 V Hull, the first Princess flybridge motoryacht to be built with high performance inboard diesel engines, is launched in 1974. The model was launched at the London Boat Show following the appointment of John Bennett, who designed two new models, including the Princess 37 to compliment the Princess 32.

1973

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1966

1965

Founded 1965

Founded 1965

Princess Yachts founded as Marine Projects (Plymouth) Ltd in 1965