It’s been an exciting year for Princess Yachts as the company recently launched its first tri-deck superyacht, the 40 Meter Imperial Princess. This 131-foot long-range cruiser, which the company calls a landmark project as it represents a new chapter for the brand, recently made its European debut, and will wow the U.S. market when it ties up at the 2012 Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show. Constructed at Princess Yachts’ new South Yard facility near the historic Naval Shipyard in Plymouth, England, the semi-custom 40 Meter boasts a gross tonnage of 395 and will accommodate up to 12 guests and seven or eight crew. With a beam stretching 26 feet and four inches, Princess reports the 40 Meter has the largest internal volume of any other tri-deck in its class.
POWER LAUNCH: The 40 Meter is powered by a pair of MTU-12V diesels, which produce a top-end speed near 22 knots. The tri-deck is also equipped with an automatic fuel handling system and two 80-kw generators. Princess reports the 40 Meter is built with some of the most advanced technologies and techniques available, including resin-infusion.
THINK BIG: The Princess is built for heavy-duty cruising, with massive 230-kg anchors at the bow and an oversized garage at the stern, where there’s space for a 20-foot tender plus two personal watercraft.
STYLE AND SUBSTANCE: The focal point of the yacht is the main deck with its beautifully appointed salon that’s surrounded by windows and equipped with hydraulically folding balconies that are fitted as standard equipment.
IN GOOD TASTE: Also on the main deck and adjacent to the salon is the dining area, where a table can be set for up to 10 guests. With a beam that hits a whopping 26 feet and four inches, the 40 Meter has more space in its interior than any other tri-deck in this class.
SUITE DREAMS: Forward of the main deck is the owner's suite, which stretches across the full beam of the yacht, thanks to raised side decks. Forward, a single or a pair of bathrooms is accessed off the dressing area, where there are two walk-in wardrobes.
CHIC RETREAT: The master suite is accessed through an ante-room, which can be specified as an office, a reading room or a quiet place to watch TV. Naturally, many aspects of the 40 M can be customized to the owners taste and desire.
GUEST ROOMS: Since the 40 Meter can be customized for each owner, no two will ever be alike. Princess offers a variety of layout options, particularly when it comes to guest accommodations. For instance, the yacht can be built with four or five guest cabins (the forward cabin is shown here) on the lower deck. Or, you can specify a home theater and gym in place of the two cabins located amidships.
TOP OF THE WORLD: On the upper deck is the sky lounge, which is a great place to entertain as there’s an adjacent exterior dining area. From the sky lounge, a curved stairway leads up to the sun deck with wet bar, sun lounges and a spa tub.
TOP CHEF: The enormous professional galley was designed to the exacting specifications of a professional chef and is equipped with two catering-size refrigerator/freezers and a huge pantry, among other things. For easy serving, a dumb-waiter runs from the main deck to the upper deck and sun deck.
CONTROL CENTER: The wheelhouse features a sophisticated glass bridge that incorporates the control and monitoring systems in one sleek console. The captain’s cabin is nearby, and the Princess 40 M can accommodate a crew of seven or eight.
Princess 40 Meter Specifications: Length: 131’9” * Beam: 26’4” * Draft: 7’9” * Displacement (approximate): 507,063 lbs. * Fuel: 7,752 gal.
Imperial Princess is the first 40 Meter to come out of the yard, but hull number 2 is now under construction. The 40 Meter is the largest production-built motoryacht ever made in England and also the largest resin-infused hull employed on a yacht built in Britain. The tri-deck is one of a few new builds from this yard, where an aggressive new model development program is underway. Princess Yachts are distributed in the U.S. exclusively by Viking Sport Cruisers.
For more information, visit Viking Sport Cruisers (in the US,) or Princess Yachts, elsewhere.