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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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