We have a royal visitor this month straight from Plymouth, England—the Princess F55, an ultra-modern luxury yacht that is unapologetically high class with an emphasis on accommodating in style. Lauded by many in the industry as a gold standard bearer, the F55 continues the Princess tradition of pampered living on the water.
There’s plenty of information to glean at first glance. Hardtops are in right now and the prominent hardtop on the F55 shelters the flybridge. Don’t look for a dinghy davit up there, for it’s all about the helm and entertainment space (complete with mini-bar). The main deck has many of the trendy accoutrements: a huge swim step; giant, padded sun lounge at the foredeck; and an open interior layout with salon, galley, and helm made for the socialite crowd who are excited to be aboard.
Interestingly, there is a small crew quarters stealthily integrated into the transom. You don’t see too many crew-oriented accommodations on yachts less than 60’ overall, but hey, we’re dealing with a princess here. Accommodations for the guests include three staterooms and two fully enclosed heads.
The F55 comes with twin Volvo D13-800 (800 horsepower each) inboard diesel engines. The manufacturer reports maximum speeds of around 30 to 32 knots, quite zippy for a luxury yacht like this.
The Princess F55 is about as nice as a production motoryacht of this class gets. You can learn more details and pricing information from local dealer Silver Seas Yachts. The Seattle branch is receiving their first one this month, possibly as you’re reading this article.