The new Princess 64 Flybridge Motor Yacht made her first U.S. appearance at the Miami Boat Show in February. Buyers signing contracts today will have to wait more than a year to take delivery, but European buyers have already bought out the first year's production, according to a Viking Sport Cruisers spokesman. That's an impressive debut, especially considering the Princess 64 costs upwards of $3 million. What has made this 64'0" (19.45 m) LOA yacht so popular, so soon?
Princess 64 (2011-) Specifications
64' 10'' 19.70 m
66,138 lbs 30,000 kg
16' 4'' 5.03 m
4' 9'' 1.45 m
901 gal. 3,409 L
240 gal. 909 L
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
An evolution of the company's successful Flybridge 63, the 64' 0" (19.45 m) LOA Princess 64 is for the cruising man or woman ready to step into a first-class mid-sized motoryacht.
Many Cabins, Many Choices
The 64 Flybridge MY, an evolution of the Princess Flybridge 63, has four double cabins on her lower deck, offering a selection of sleeping arrangements. Too many yacht designers and stylists rely on double berths all round, but what if some guests prefer sleeping alone? No problem aboard this Princess: There are both single and double berths, and an optional fifth stateroom.
In addition to the midships master cabin, there's a VIP stateroom forward with an island queen berth, a starboard-side cabin with side-by-side singles and a portside cabin with upper and lower berths. An optional layout replaces the portside stateroom with a study; the crew's quarters aft are also optional.
In Europe most yachts this size carry at least one full-time hand, and sometimes two. Crew's quarters are typically aft of the engine room, hard against the transom. The Princess 63 had this arrangement in Europe, but it wasn't possible in U.S. models, due to the upgraded electrical and air-conditioning systems Viking Sport Cruisers, the U.S. importer, adds to every boat.
The master cabin spans the yacht's full 16' 4" (5.03 m) beam. Triple hull windows on both sides let in natural light, and the shiny white overhead enhances artificial illumination, too. There's an en suite head and a built-in settee.
The 64 Flybridge MY has the room, and can be ordered with crew's quarters, often used as a fifth stateroom, aft. Our contact at VSC said the space, which has full headroom, two berths and en suite head with shower, is ideal for extra guests or kids who want to get away from the adults and live on their own while cruising. The cabin is finished as well as the primary accommodations.
A yacht this size has enough beam carried forward to leave walkaround space either side of the island queen berth in the VIP stateroom. We like the overhead hatch with the clear panel, and the individual lamps on the headboard. This cabin also has its own head.
Single-Deck Living is Easy
Too many yachts force you to carry platters of food up and down ladders, by putting the galley a deck below the dining area. Not a problem aboard the Princess 64, though: Her galley, dinette and lower helm are all clustered at the forward end of the main deck.
Daytime accommodations are all on the maindeck level, a typical Princess arrangement. This makes for easy food service – just pass the platters from galley to dinette table, opposite the lower helm. The salon has direct access to the afterdeck and flybridge.
A salon with lots of seating and the usual amenities is aft on the same level, separated from the galley by a glass screen: When the cook needs privacy, the screen stays closed; otherwise, an electric motor slides the screen open and the main deck turns into a truly open-plan space.
There's more seating and another table on the aft deck, with steps port and starboard onto the hydraulic stern platform. A few years ago, adjustable platforms were rare; now many boats have them, and they make handing the tender or a PWC so much easier, and are an elegant touch if folks want to swim: Forget the ladder – just lower the platform to water level and slide on and off gracefully. Sunbathers worried about getting wet can tan on a sunpad on the foredeck.
Big windows and light decor open the salon. The glass door to starboard separates the galley from the salon, a feature many cooks will enjoy. It slides open electrically if the chef wants to show off her skills.
Fly Me to the Bridge
There's yet another lounge and table on the flying bridge, along with enough forward-facing seating that most guests can feel the wind in their faces. The upper helm has side-by-side buckets with a bench seat opposite. There's a wetbar with refrigerator and a grill on the flybridge, and another sunpad aft of the U-shaped lounge. We'd add a Bimini top for shade, but maybe not bother with an enclosure; there's a fully equipped lower helm for inclement weather, and it's close to the galley, too.
The flying bridge has typical amenities for a yacht of this quality, plus forward-facing seating for folks who'd rather see where they're going than where they've been. Large sunpads fore and aft provide plenty of tanning opportunity; a hydraulically adjustable swim platform makes for easy swimming and PWC handling, too.
Power and Predicted Performance
Making room for a full-beam master stateroom amidships often means shifting the engines way aft and driving the shafts through V-drives, or switching to pods. Princess chose neither method, but used propeller pockets to achieve an efficient shaft angle with a conventional drivetrain and gearboxes – no V-drives. The prop pockets also reduce draft.
We haven't tested the Princess Flybridge 64 yet, but our contact at VSC reports similar performance to the 63, which tops out at 31–32 knots, cruises at 27-28 with the same 1,015-hp Cat C18 diesels. Note that these are not BoatTEST.com numbers. Cat C18A diesels, at 1,150-hp only slightly more powerful than standard power, are optional.
The weather in Britain isn't always good, so most yachtbuilders there make the lower helm the primary station. Note the easy-to-read array of engine gauges, ample room for small digital instruments and the large multifunction display handy to both skipper and co-pilot. We like the watertight door leading onto the deck, too.
Regular readers of BoatTEST.com know we like Princess yachts, and why not? The yachts are well-built, well-equipped and well-supported after sale, at least in the U.S., by Viking Sport Cruisers. Yes, they are at the top of the price range – figure on spending at least $3 million for your Princess 64. No yacht is cheap, but lower-priced boats aren't always good value, either; we think the Princess/VSC collaboration gives buyers their money's worth, and then some.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Princess 64 (2011-) Standard and Optional Equipment
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Princess 64 (2011-) Warranty
Princess 64 (2011-) Warranty Information
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