With yachting being a pretty conservative industry, yacht styling hasn’t evolved much over the decades. Until recently. A few shipyards, including Princess Yachts, have introduced dramatically different megayachts. The Princess X80 is the second model in the British builder’s radical-looking—and radically successful—X-Class series.
The series started with the X95. Despite her only hitting the water last year, during COVID lockdowns that prevented essentially everyone from seeing her in person, nine contracts still got signed. Many more have followed her official boat-show debut earlier this year, too.
Princess created her little sister, the X80, to open up the Superfly experience to entry-level megayacht buyers. The Superfly moniker reflects the assertion that her flying bridge offers upwards of 30 percent more interior space than similar-size flying-bridge motoryachts. At about 83 feet (25.18 meters), the Princess X80 easily suits both owner-operators and those who want occasional crew.
In this virtual preview, Princess shows how the standard open-plan main deck eliminates barriers between so-called work and relaxation areas. For instance, owner-operators and even those with a professional chef will appreciate the galley being part of this open plan. (Don’t we all end up in the kitchen when we’re entertaining at home, anyway?) The nearly 20-foot (6.06-meter) beam looks and feels even roomier due to picture-window-like ports.
Those same ports brighten the forward dining area, though the animation does give a quick glimpse of an alternate layout. Specifically, you can request your master suite forward on the main deck instead.
Regardless, Princess saves perhaps the best for last. The Superfly flying bridge will impress with its space utilization. You won’t have to wait much longer to see it for real, either. Hull number one launches this year.
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