Valentine’s Day weekend was extra sweet in Plymouth, England, for the Princess Yachts team. Hull number one of the Princess X95 semi-custom series lowered into the sea for the first time on January 13.
A flying-bridge megayacht, the Princess X95 “breaks the mold of traditional yacht design,” according to Antony Sheriff, Princess’ executive chairman. He says this because her exterior looks and interior arrangement sharply depart from the norms. The builder collaborated with the renowned studio Pininfarina, in addition to its longstanding design partner Olesinki, in creating both a main deck and upper deck that extend nearly the entire 95’5” (29.1-meter) LOA. In fact, Sheriff and the shipyard staff consider the yacht a “superfly.”
On the inside, the Princess X95 has an open floorplan that looks and feels larger than it is. Specifically, it lets you see straight from the aft entry all the way to and out the forward ports. The lack of bulkheads and oversize ports to each side augment the already healthy 22’3” (6.77-meter) beam. To give customers a better understanding of the look and feel, Princess created a real-life mockup to walk through at boat shows. Overall, the builder says the interior provides 40 percent more usable space than traditional flying-bridge motoryachts of her size range.
Hull number has a main-deck galley and formal dining area fully forward on the main deck. This in turn puts the master suite below decks, joining three guest cabins. Since the series is semi-custom, though, you can request a main-deck stateroom. However, you can also request a TV room/playroom or other type of lounge fully forward. Regardless, the main saloon remains fully aft. Yet another option lets you enjoy a cozy beach club in place of the tender garage.
The Princess X95, which should see a 26-knot top speed with MAN diesels, is just one of about half a dozen new models that the British builder plans to introduce in the coming year.
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