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Princess 52

by Norris Comer

Princess 52 // Photo by Alex Kwanten

The English-made Princess 52 Flybridge is the first Princess to grace us with her presence in ten years, and she is a welcome addition to the West Coast recreational boating fleet. We Americans may have given King George the boot, but we are certainly suckers for celebrity and royalty. The Princess 52 is a luxury performance yacht through and through, and you may just wonder if Jeeves the butler is stored below somewhere.

The interior is undeniably Euro-luxury with three cabins and two full heads. The full-beam master suite features a walk-around berth while the accompanying head is fully loaded with a walk-in shower. Nearby, the starboard twin berths of the guest cabin can be adjusted to become an extra cross-seating table depending upon a situation’s demmands. The main dining table is in the salon, complete with ample seating. The salon, helm, and galley are seemingly effortlessly laid out in the open, generously windowed cabin. The galley and its many appliances is tactically located at the aft portion of the salon for easy access both forward to the helm and aft to the cockpit for a social chef.

Princess 52 // Photo by Alex Kwanten

Double doors lead the visitor to the seating with table in the cockpit. Two sets of stairs lead aft to take the guest to the large swim step off the stern. The Princess 52 has a sleek, modern look on the exterior, and the best seat in the house is at the helm on the covered flybridge. A large wet bar, optional BBQ, and social seating will no doubt make for some memories with friends and family. The loudspeakers and top-loading refrigerated coolbox of the flybridge will likely work overtime during the inevitable summer cruises to the San Juans.

Princess 52 SpecsShe is a classy lady, but she can roll up her sleeves and perform with the rest. With twin diesel engines for a total horsepower of 1,600, the Princess 52 can reach up to 30 knots. Her typical cruising speed hovers in the 22-25 knot range. What’s more, the look and feel of the helm is more like a racecar than a typical yacht. Her resin-infused deep-V hull is designed to cut through the waves of The Straits, and a bow thruster should make tight manuevering and docking a piece of cake.

If you’re enchanted by the Princess 52 Flybridge, she is slated to appear at the Seattle Boat Show. If you missed her at the show, you can contact Silver Seas Yachts at 888-332-6739 or at silverseasyachts.com for more information and pricing.

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