October 18th 2012. By Jeanne Craig.

Princess 40 Meter: Tri-Deck Motoryacht Comes to the US

The new Princess 40 M is the largest production motor yacht ever built in the UK, and it features the largest resin-infused hull ever built there.

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.

Princess 40 M motoryacht

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.



Tri-deck motoryacht from princess

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.



salon in princess motoryachts

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.


megayachts from Princess

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.


master suite in megayacht

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.


Princess 40M

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.


staterooms in a megayacht

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.


custom yachts

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.


galley in a princess yachts

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.


helm in a monster yacht

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.

Jeanne Craig
Jeanne Craig has been covering powerboats since 1988. She spent ten years as a senior editor at Boating magazine and ten more as executive editor at Motor Boating. She’s now an independent writer based in Rowayton, Connecticut, where she’s close to the cruising grounds she most enjoys.