An Interesting Deck Structure
We usually begin our Captain's Reports with a general overview of the yacht, then segue into specifics. But this time, something completely different: We found a feature aboard the Princess 72 Motor Yacht that tells us plenty about the philosophy and experience of the folks who designed and built her, about their common-sense approach to the nuts and bolts of operating a vessel like this. Many folks might not notice it – this feature looks like a garden-variety cabin trunk – but when they have their hands full of bulky fenders and docklines they'll appreciate it.
On the 72 MY's foredeck there's a sunpad, as we'd expect, and a forward-facing settee for two. Reaching either of these is facilitated by an athwartships passageway cut into what looks like the cabin trunk. Our first thought was, How did Princess hide this in the accommodations below? But a spokesman for Viking Sport Cruisers, the U.S. importer of Princess Yachts, said, "There is so much freeboard on the 72 that the staterooms do not rely on the forward superstructure for headroom, but rather you have enough headroom at the deck level." The "cabin" we see forward is really a deck locker for dedicated stowage of the standard teak table and its pedestals. Aside from table storage, there's room for all your cleaning supplies, sunpad cushions, docklines – you name it. Lockers on either side of the settee will hold fenders, more docklines and so forth; there's stowage under the settee, too.
So what's the big deal about deck lockers? When you get into a yacht this size, the fenders are large and bulky; the docklines are long and heavy. Stowing both can be a problem: Where do you stash three- or four-foot-long fenders? Some yachtbuilders force you to use stainless deck racks, but then the fenders get covered with salt and act like sandpaper when you drop them between hull and quay. Lockers let the crew stow them away from the spray, but near at hand when needed.
This may not seem like a big deal, and maybe not worthy of mention when the 72 MY has so many other features, but it tells us that the creative brains at Princess have actually gone to sea – they've faced the same annoyances you and your crew will face in the day-to-day running of a yacht, and have devised solutions. Anyone can lay a shiny coat of varnish on joinerwork and call it "yacht quality," even if the wood is cheap and the craftsmanship shoddy, but we think builders who address themselves to mundane problems like fender stowage will acquit themselves equally well when it comes to the bigger things that annoy so many yacht buyers. (Maybe that's why Princess is selling boats all over the world while many other builders are crying about the recession.)
The Main Deck
Princess typically places the galley on the main deck, along with the dinette, which makes serving food easier on the cook. Since many yachts this size sail without a full-time cook, it also keeps the galley crew in touch with other folks socializing in the saloon, and saves room below for another cabin.
The Princess 72 MY accommodates up to eight guests comfortably, with an additional crew's quarter aft that many buyers will use for guests; it will be especially attractive to kids who want to get free of the adults for a while. The master and VIP cabin each have en suite heads, while the third and fourth cabins share a head.
Finally, what does it cost? Viking Sport Cruisers, the U.S. importer of Princess Yachts, showed a 72 MY at the recent Miami Boat Show. With standard power, twin 1,625-hp Caterpillar C32 ACERTS in the U.S. (other engines are available elsewhere), list price for the fully equipped yacht was around $4.5 milliion, which included an optional hardtop. Our VSC contact said this is a "comfortable ball-park figure" for the yacht. This was the first 72 MY imported by VSC, arrived in the U.S. just a few days before the Miami Boat Show opened, and was sold by the time the show closed."This model has been very popular for Princess and a bit hard to come by," he added. "We can deliver a boat to someone in late 2011/early 2012, as our next available boat is scheduled for the Miami show in 2012." Do we recommend adding the Princess 72 Motor Yacht to your list of boats to check out? Need you ask? We like Princess yachts, how they're conceived, designed and built, and we like that, in the U.S. anyway, they're supported by Viking Sport Cruisers, a company with a wide network of service facilities on both coasts. We are confident in recommending the Princess 72 MY, even though it's at the top of the range pricewise. But you get what you pay for, and in this case we think you get a lot.
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