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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Features
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