Sunday, July 15, 2012

Princess Yachts 40m Takes Maiden Voyage

The largest production yacht ever launched in Britain, with the largest resin-infused hull ever moulded, the new Princess 40M (131ft) has been making headlines ever since the Plymouth yacht builder announced plans for her some three years ago. Now, after a successful launch, commissioning and compliance to Class and Flag in Plymouth, hull No.1 Imperial Princess, is on her maiden voyage to the warmer waters of the Mediterranean.

She had to make a small pit stop in Jersey, Channel Islands where she was formally handed over to her owner by Chris Cleverly and Nigel James of Princess Motor Yacht Sales together with Chris Gates, Managing Director of Princess Yachts International. After the hand over was complete she was on her way south to the med where she made some light work of the large seas in the Bay of Biscay. After she reaches the Med she will be attending the Festival de la Plaisance in Cannes this September and a few days later the famous Monaco Yacht Show.

The owner of Imperial Princess has chosen the five cabin option with two VIP double cabins and two twin cabins all en suite, which are situated on the lower deck. These cabins will have large side windows that let in plenty of natural light. The fifth cabin is the owners full beam cabin which is forward on the main deck and is accessed through a versatile room which can be specified as an office, private TV room or a reading room to suit the owner’s personal requirements.

The main deck will include the main saloon, formal dining area, a professional galley which was designed to the exact brief of a professional chef and hydraulically folding balconies on both sides of the saloon. On the third deck there is an elegant sky lounge and an exterior dining area for private drinks and al fresco dining. A curved stairway leads up to the sun deck complete with bar, seating, sunbathing and a jacuzzi.

Her interior was designed by Princess in collaboration with the London studio of Bannenberg & Rowell. Her interior will have a variety of different woods, granites, stones, and fabrics to give a classic look of contrasting tones, textures and surfaces.

Hull No.2 is already progressing well and hull No.3 has just completed her infusion. Each will be completely individual as within the parameters of the structure, with the owners able to construct the yacht of their dreams. No two yachts will ever be the same.

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