The Princess sport-bridge series known as the S Class has a new big sister. The Princess S78 brings buyers into megayacht territory, at speeds closing in on 40 knots, no less.
What Princess terms a sport bridge is a customary flying bridge. It’s low-profile, so you might not necessarily know the area is there upon spying the yacht on the horizon. Regardless, you’ll find seats that turn into sun lounges, for example, along with sunpads that turn into extra seats. Customers can choose loose furnishings as well.
Choice extends inside, too. The 78’10” (24.07-meter) megayacht bears a nearly 19-foot (5.76-meter) beam. The settees, chairs, and more for the indoor-outdoor ambiance of the aft deck and saloon are all up to you. To heighten the genial nature of gathering with friends and family, Princess puts the galley aft. This way, the crew can keep food and drinks flowing wherever everyone spreads out. So, too, can you all serve yourselves if you’re a more low-key customer.
Not low-key, however, is the entertainment aspect. Princess forged a partnership with NAIM Audio to pump up the volume, so to speak. Whether you’re lounging in the saloon, enjoying the aft deck, or sunning up top, the Princess S78 has a specially designed sound system. It additionally benefits the master stateroom. Note, too, that Princess offers upgrades exclusively for this megayacht model, benefitting the foredeck lounge, four guest staterooms, and even crew cabins.
As much as the aesthetics attract customers, the sporty performance of the sport-bridge series is a significant draw as well. Three engine packages are available: one from Caterpillar, and two from MAN. At half load, the Princess S78 should see a top speed between 34 and 36 knots with the Caterpillars. Want more? Opt for the MANs that should allow 36 to 38 knots. Then there’s a slightly more powerful MAN package promising 37 to 39 knots.
Regardless of propulsion, the Princess S78 is also meant for enjoying anchorages. The hydraulic swim platform makes life simpler for swimmers. It also combines with the tender-launching system in deploying craft from the garage, which measures about 15 feet (4.45 meters).