|Length Overall||49' 2''
|Draft Up||N/A||Person Capacity||N/A|
|Draft Down||N/A||Fuel Capacity||
|Air Draft||N/A||Water Capacity||
|Deadrise/Transom||N/A||Length on Trailer||N/A|
|Max Headroom||N/A||Height on Trailer||N/A|
|Bridge Clearance||N/A||Trailer Weight||N/A|
|Total Package Weight (Trailer,Boat & Engine)||N/A|
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|Std. Power||2 x 670-hp Volvo Penta D11|
|Tested Power||Currently no test numbers|
2 x 715-hp Caterpillar C12 Acert
The three lozenge-shaped hull windows amidships provide light to the master stateroom. We’re not crazy about the position of the low radar arch. We complain about this with almost every Eurostyle boat we review, but so far nobody's listening. Maybe European yachtsmen run the radar only when the weather's bad and they're steering from below, or they are concerned about the bridge clearance (13' 3''/14.1 m).
Anything But Fishing
The Princess 50 Flybridge looks to us like an ideal boat for cruising with the family – if the family numbers six or fewer. Marina-hopping along the Gold Coast (any Gold Coast will do), seeing and being seen in the poshest ports in the world, or just having fun on the water: the 50 will let you do it all. She's not the best boat for fishing – actually, she doesn't look good for fishing at all – but she will take care of most other on-water needs. And Princess does an excellent job of fitting a lot of accommodations into the boat, but without making her feel cramped.
The Princess 50's flying bridge is an excellent source of vitamin D, at least when the sun is bright. Doctors tell us being deficient in D opens the door to all kinds of maladies, so buying a 50 Flybridge might be an investment not only in the good life, but in good health, too. A wet bar, fridge and electric grill make preparing lunch here a snap. The dinette will seat six, or maybe eight.
With a sunpad abaft the flybridge dinette, and another one on the foredeck (it's optional), the Princess 50 is clearly a yacht for sun-worshippers as well as serious cruisers. The swim platform is big enough for a tender, says Princess (a davit is optional).
Living is Easy on the Main Deck
In addition to the large flybridge, the 50 has a posh salon that segues smoothly into her full pilothouse helm and adjacent dinette – a Princess trademark – that lets the whole crew gather near the skipper while underway. We think most meals will be taken here: The view is panoramic through the windshield and side windows.
The helm has captain and companion seats, both with high-gloss varnished backs. Large windows all around provide good visibility, and electronics and controls are conveniently situated. Boats imported to the U.S. by Viking Sport Cruisers get a Raymarine autopilot, a U.S.-spec Simrad VHF and other equipment changes and additions to suit the American market.
The salon has a large U-shaped lounge with a low table, ideal for relaxing and taking in the view through the large cabin windows. When that gets boring, there's an entertainment center with TV and stereo system, a refrigerator and bottle and glass stowage. A stainless-steel-framed sliding door leads onto the afterdeck, where there's more seating and access to both the flying bridge and swim platform.
When it's not set for dinner, the dinette will make a handy chart table, for those folks who still know how to plot a course on paper. Just be careful with the dividers: That glossy finish will be tricky to repair if punctured. Both the helm and dinette are two steps higher than the main salon, which improves sight lines for skipper and observers alike.
The salon includes a U-lounge aft, facing the entertainment center, and a dinette forward on the port side, opposite the helm. This arrangement is shared among many Princess yachts, and lets guests congregate comfortably around the helm when the owner is driving. The afterdeck and swim platform are teak.
The salon is brightly lit, thanks to windows all around and light-colored upholstery and overheads. All furniture aboard the 50 Flybridge is built in Princess Yachts’ sophisticated joinery shop; it’s almost 128,000 sq. ft. Each item gets up to seven coats of finish, then is hand-polished until it shines like glass.
On the lower deck, there are three staterooms, two heads and a well-equipped galley, plus crew's quarters aft. This is a lot packed into a 50-footer, thanks to the V-drive engines. The galley, as you'd expect, has all appliances, including a full-sized refrigerator (that's the third one we've counted aboard the 50), an electric cooktop, microwave/convection oven and stowage for pots, pans and bottles of vitamins for cloudy days.
Master and VIP staterooms are separated by a L-shaped galley and a guest cabin with upper and lower single berths. And there are crew's quarters aft, too (note that crew quarters are optional and typically would not be installed on a boat built for Viking Sport Cruisers) -- Princess's designers fit lots of accommodations onto the 50's lower deck. The engines being aft rather than 'midships helps, making room for a full-beam master stateroom and ensuite head.
Opposite the galley is a cabin with upper and lower single berths, a welcome addition to the accommodations plan for folks with kids or friends who don't want to share a double berth. We'd like an option that turns this cabin into an office/den, with a lounge that can convert to a berth. There is also a head accessible from the galley and from the VIP stateroom forward; it also serves the third stateroom.
The full-beam master stateroom is amidships, with a double berth lying fore and aft near the centerline; the 50's 15' (4.57 m) beam leaves lots of room on either side. There is a private head and dressing table in this cabin, too. Large hull windows let in natural light; windows like this turn what could be a dismal, dark cabin into one flooded with daylight. Now that more builders are moving the engines aft to permit midships staterooms, we expect most boats will have large hullside portlights before long.
Almost Everything is Standard
Princess equips the 50 Flybridge with a long, long list of standard equipment, but American buyers get even more: Viking Sport Cruisers, the U.S. importer, adds the options they feel stateside buyers will want -- air conditioning, a U.S. electrical system, a heavier rubrail for side-to, rather than stern-to, docking and so forth -- and includes them as "standard."
Viking ensures that boats sold in the U.S. meet the requirements of the U.S. Coast Guard and recommendations set forth by the American Boat and Yacht Council, and are certified by the National Marine Manufacturer's Association. Boats built for distribution to other countries won't necessarily meet these standards, but will be built to CE standards.
The VIP stateroom looks almost as nice as the owner's, but it shares its head with the smaller third cabin. There seems to be plenty of room around the berth for easy coming and going, and shelves and side tables to hold books, etc. There's a dressing table and mirror, too.
Except in the U.S., Princess offers the 50 Flybridge with either twin Volvo Penta D11 diesels, 670-hp each or twin Caterpillar C12 ACERTS, 715-hp. We haven't tested the boat, but the builder claims speeds of 29 – 31 knots with the Volvos, 30 -33 knots with the Cats. Don't hold us to these numbers. Volvo power is available if a customer prefers, but the CAT engines are the standard in the US.
In the U.S., the Cats are the standard power choice. Viking Sport Cruisers is maniacal about maintenance and customer support: Caterpillar has an extensive network of dealers and repair facilities in the States, so no Princess owner in America will have to look far when he needs parts or service. Owners handling their own maintenance will appreciate this.
The Princess 50 Flybridge will be equally at home meandering past historic buildings in Europe, or racing across the clear blue waters of the Caribbean. We think she's a boat to investigate if you're looking for a 50-some footer.
Cost and Recommendation
Because of differences in equipment and power from one country to the next, contact your local Princess dealer for pricing; in the U.S., contact Viking Sport Cruisers. Viking's modifications and extra equipment increase the 50's base price in the U.S. vs. the rest of the world, but American buyers would add this gear anyway. No matter where you are, expect the bottom line to fall near the top of the market for a production boat this size: Princess is one of the world's finest boatbuilders, and you pay for what you get. On the other hand, you get what you pay for, which in this case is a very fine yacht, one we will not hesitate to recommend.
No vitamin D deficiencies on this Princess 50 Flybridge. A sunpad on the foredeck is optional, and we think you'll want to add a couple of bottles of sunscreen, too: No sense overdoing it.
Yes, you can find other boats the same size, or larger, for less money, but they won't have the panache of a Princess. In the U.S., buyers also get the after-sale support of Viking Sport Cruisers, an extra that many importers of European boats do not, or cannot, provide in the States. Base MSRP in the U.S. is $1.6 million.
In short, we think if you're looking for a flybridge yacht around 50 feet, one that can entertain a boatload of family or friends, you'd be shortsighted not to include the Princess 50 on your list.
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