|Dry Weight||23.5 tonnes w/twin Volvo 715|
|Max Headroom||N/A||Bridge Clearance||N/A|
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|Std. Power||Not Available|
|Tested Power||Currently no test numbers|
2 x 715-hp Volvo Penta D12
2 x 775-hp Volvo Penta D12
The three lozenge-shaped hull portlights amidships provide light to the master stateroom. Note the secondary set of saloon windows in the house to add light and break-up what would otherwise be too much white fiberglass in one place.
All furniture aboard the 54FY is produced in Princess Yachts’ sophisticated joinery shop; it’s almost 128,000 sq. ft. Once built, each item gets up to seven coats of finish, then is hand-polished.
Those seats look really comfortable. The helm is clean but complete, with all vital instruments right below the skipper’s eye line. We like the nav screen in front of the companion seat instead of in front of the helm. When driving these boats fast you should always have two sets of eyes at the helm.
When not set for dinner, the on-deck dinette will make a handy chart table. Note that the galley down is within easy communication distance.
What Makes the 54FY So Good?
Sea conditions around England can be so arduous -- even in the summer time --that shoddy work gets found out quickly and in a country as small as the UK, news travels fast. Boat builders who want to stay in business don’t cut corners.
The 54FY is built with resin-infused or hand-laid ‘glass components, with high-density foam and end-grain balsa coring where appropriate. Interior components are mostly made in-house; metal and PVC tanks, stainless-steel fittings and hardware, wiring looms, and so forth all come from Princess craftsmen. In addition to meeting CE regulations, every Princess meets ABYC and U.S.C.G. standards, and complies with NMMA requirements for certification for sale in the U.S.
The main deck offers plenty of seating in an airy saloon. It’s easy access to the after deck, too. Note the long aft bench seat along the transom, thanks to the use of only one set of stairs to the swim platform. Not seen is the table for al fresco dining on the aft deck.
Princess, working with the group at Viking in the U.S. makes some modifications for the American market: For example, the hull-to-deck joint is beefed-up vs. standard Princess specs because over here we dock alongside, not stern-to like they do in Europe. And the joint is protected by a tough PVC rubrail. We would never think of a boat not having a rubrail, but when you always drop an anchor and back into the quay like they do in Europe you don’t need one.
The ‘midships master is just where it should be for comfort and space; the VIP cabin forward has the typical shortcomings of a pedestal berth. We like the third guest cabin with singles – ideal for kids.
Before shipping a boat anywhere for sale, Princess test-crews sea trial each boat in the waters off Plymouth to make sure all systems are working. Those guys have the greatest job in Plymouth, maybe in all of England: running back and forth in the English Channel. There, things can get rough, of course, and that is a good thing for Princess customers.
Boats shipped to North America are usually offloaded in the New York area, then driven down to Viking Yacht's facility in southern New Jersey by Viking's delivery crew and then sea-trialed again. By the time it gets to an owner, it has been thoroughly inspected and all systems are "go."
Maybe the galley could use a bit more counter space? We prefer the microwave oven higher. But dig that mirror-like joinery!
Princess fits the 54 with either twin Volvo D12-715s or -800s. Before the name change in the U.S. the 2010 Viking Sport Cruiser 54FY came only with twin 715-hp Caterpillar C12s. We haven’t tested the boat, but Princess claims speeds between 30 and 32 knots with twin 715s; the Cats should produce similar results.
We could live here. There’s lots of room around the berth in the full beam master stateroom, and there is plenty of light from the large portlights. There’s a vanity on one side of the berth; it’s at the right, just out of the picture.
Whether you buy this year’s Viking Sport Cruiser 54FY, or next year’s Princess 54, there’s no question you’ll get one of the world’s finest production yachts in class. The 54FY listed for slightly less than $2,000,000, fully equipped, at the 2010 Miami Boat Show.
If you are seriously interested in this boat, don't be put off by the name change. Viking Yachts has always been quite transparent about its relationship with Princess and most everyone knew that under the Viking Sport Cruiser logo there was a Princess. So, over the last 15 years most big boat buyers in North America got to know a premier brand of motoryacht marketed by a top-shelf American yachting team. By any name, this 54 flylng bridge motoryacht speaks for herself.
We’d live on the flying bridge. With the excellent lower helm, there’s no need for a bimini – if it’s too hot, just steer from below. There’s lots of sunbathing room, too – fit for a Princess.
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