Princess Yachts expands S Class range

Princess Yachts has unveiled the latest edition to its S Class sportbridge range, the Princess S80. The S80 is designed by the in-house Princess Design Studio in collaboration with naval architects Olesinski and Italian design house, Pininfarina.

“The concept of the Princess S80 focusses on an uncompromising main deck sociable living space close to the water with three distinct spaces, sunbathing, lounging and dining, usable simultaneously without conversions,” says Andy Lawrence, director of design at Princess Yachts.

“The design of the elongated sleek canopy shades the forward two-thirds of this area with an optional awning taking care of the remaining third. The saloon glazing extends far back into the cockpit, cocooning the forward dining area to create shelter from the wind without obstructing your view.

“The Princess S80 is a Princess above all else with a distinct S Class personality defined by its S hull graphic, strong graphical canopy features and powerful bulwark haunches. We have designed the S80 to sit proudly as the flagship of the S class range.”

The company says that the new layout allows the yacht to be managed as an owner-operated vessel or crewed (with the option of an enclosed helm plus crew accommodation for up to three).

The S80 also features a Williams tender launch system, capable of holding up to a Williams SportJet 435 plus an electro-hydraulic bathing platform.

The vessel is equipped with MAN V12 1900 or 2000 horsepower engines providing speeds up to 34 knots, plus an optional 7,000 litre fuel tank. The S80 uses conventional straight shafts and propellers. Both vector fin and gyro stabilisation options are also available.

Earlier this month, MIN reported that a fire devastated a Princess Yacht moored in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the United States. Fire crews were called to the scene and were faced with heavy smoke and flames coming from the top deck of the 27-metre motor yacht, ironically named Hot Pursuit.

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