Princess 60 Mission
Like all Princess Yachts the 60 has been carefully designed to appeal to the nautical eye of both Northern and Southern Europeans, which means she is Euro-styled but not over the top. Her interior will also appeal to clients in the Western Hemisphere because of its open galley with adjacent dining area. (It can be closed off with glass panels.) She holds enough fuel to cruise at about 20 knots for a long day, which should hold her in good stead both in the Mediterranean and in the Western Hemisphere where there is ample opportunities for refueling. She has an open, airy layout with three ensuite staterooms. She is certainly eligible for the charter trade, particularly if there is a captain and cook couple.
When we search for "distinguishing features" we are looking for major aspects of the boat which set it apart from others, in our opinion. Here is our take--
Owned by LVMH.
Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy owns Princess Yachts and has pretty much cornered the market on prestigious brands in many luxury fields. The benefit of having such a company as the owner of a yard, from our perspective, is the financial stability that a large, profitable company like LVMH brings to the highly cyclical boat-building business. That should benefit the product in many ways.
Princess has long had one of the finest reputations of any builder of large motoryachts. The company is known for building seaworthy vessels, which are well designed, engineered and executed. We would expect the Princess 60 to be no different.
The Princess 60 and every boat up to 85' the company builds meets the RINA Green plus (Y) notation. This is an independently verified environmental accreditation from the Classification Society RINA and applies to each individual model.
Standard hydraulic stern platform.
Large motoryachts need to have a tender and the problem is where to stow it? On the Princess 60 the tender is intended to be stowed on a hydraulic platform on the stern. These are expensive pieces of equipment and it is unusual to see one on the standard list. The platform is rated to handle 882 lbs. (400 kg.).
Starting aft the Princess 60 has standard teak on its stern platform, the stairs leading to the aft deck, on the aft deck itself, as well as on the steps leading to the side decks and to the flying bridge. This is a great expanse of teak exactly where it will be seen and appreciated the most.
There is a large U-shaped seating area that surrounds the teak table on three sides. With the addition of three chairs facing aft the table can seat eight people comfortably. The flying bridge extends over the aft deck providing shade and the option of enclosing the aft deck with isinglass.
Saloon and Main Deck
The entry to the saloon is through triple, stainless steel sliding doors that maximize the size of the opening to the aft deck. Inside there is a large U-shaped sofa and coffee table to starboard. To port there is a built-in angled love seat and a console serving as an entertainment center and wet bar which has a refer and an icemaker. As this will be the most used space aboard, and as everyone has their own ideas about what might make the best layout of a motoryacht saloon, Princess has stated that it will customize to a high degree. The space is large and many things can be done with it in addition to the standard layout seen here.
In a 60' motoryacht there is simply not enough room for a formal dining area with a table and chairs. Princess has done its best on the 60 to make its U-shaped dining area as formal as possible with the design and décor.
The galley on the Princess 60 can be open or enclosed with translucent glass. We suspect Americans will want it open and Europeans will prefer it closed. In either case it is incredibly well equipped. First it has a four-burner glass stove top. It also has a convection microwave oven and a full height fridge/freezer. We prefer this to the under the counter arrangements that are so popular on many boats these days. The galley is located just abaft the lower helm so when the boat is being handled by just a couple there can be easy communication and the mate is just a step away if an extra pair of eyes or hands are needed.
The helm has an adjustable individual seat for the skipper and a second seat to the left for the navigator. The window adjacent to the helm electrically opens, as does the opposite window on the port side. There is standing head room at the helm. The Princess 60 comes standard with all of the electronics most owners would want or need. In addition there are controls for the standard bow thruster and anchor windlass. The windscreen has three beefy pantograph wipers with a freshwater wash system. There is a chart table and room for chart storage and overhead red lights installed for night running.
The master is full-beam with a lounger/sofa to port and a chest of drawers to starboard. There are night stands on both sides of the queen bed. The head has a separate shower stall. The master is located in the most comfortable place in the boat and it is separated from the crew quarters aft by the engine room so there should be no question about privacy. In the foyer forward of the master head is the washer/dryer. It is located in a perfect place, just a few steps from each of the staterooms.
As usual in this class of motoryacht the VIP guest stateroom is in the bow and we think that Princess has done a good job of opening up this area to make it seem as large as possible. It has an ensuite head with separate shower stall. This head could most easily be used as the ship's dayhead, but that function might fall to the head in the guest stateroom.
In this size boat the third staterooms are always small and this yacht is no exception. The standard version is made so that the two beds can slide together. Some owners might want to consider other options for this space such as eliminating one berth and putting in a Pullman, or turning it into an office with a Pullman, or putting one berth higher and athwartships. However this space is used, it has a head with separate shower stall.
A small crew cabin is accessible from the aft deck and has two bunks. In owner/operator yachts this becomes a perfect cabin for kids who will undoubtedly love it, thus giving the boat four cabins.
The flying bridge is accessed from the aft deck. Some yachts in class make access from the main saloon, or from both the aft deck and main saloon. We think such arrangements are a terrible waste of space on this size boat and prefer the plan on the Princess 60. Note that the steps up are standard teak, which not only looks classy but is also a relatively safe material to use when climbing in inclement weather. The thing we like most about this flying bridge is the fact that so many people can be seated facing forward -- five by our count. That is unusual in any size motoryacht, no matter high large. The helm is to port, just the opposite of the lower helm, and some skippers might want to take advantage of this when docking port-side-to. Abaft the large U-shaped settee is a huge sunpad/sunbed with storage below. The entertainment console comes standard with an electric grill, refrigerator, sink and hot and cold running water.
Powering the Princess 60
For the last 20 years or so there has been a mad rush to produce large motoryachts that can go 40 knots or faster. As a result boats have gotten lighter, bottoms flatter, engines bigger, and yachts far more expensive. Princess understands that not everyone needs the ego gratification evidently engendered in some people by speed and has provided a wide variety of powering options.
The standard engines provided by Princess -- twin Volvo Penta D13 diesels generating 800-hp each -- are, in our opinion, a prudent and reasonable way to power this motoryacht. She will weight from 59,000 lbs. (26,818 kgs.) to 67,000 lbs. (30,454 kgs.) depending on her fuel load, equipment and gear aboard. We have not tested the boat, however in our opinion these engines should drive the Princess 60 at a comfortable cruising speed, say in the low 20-knot range, with WOT speed approaching 30 knots. This option will make operating expenses the most cost-effective as well as keeping the initial price of the boat down.
But other options are available. Twin Volvo Penta D13 900-hp engines are also available and should add about four knots to the boat's top speed. For those who want still more horsepower, Cat C18's rated at from 930-hp to 1015-hp can also be installed. The Princess 60 uses a conventional inboard drive system and has dripless shafts seals. The engine room comes with a standard automatic fire suppression system with a manual override.
The first thing that comes to mind when considering optional equipment on the Princess 60 is an air conditioning system. She comes standard with a 9.5 kW generator, but with an A/C system a 20 to 30 kW generator would be needed to handle the load, particularly in the tropics where the water is warmer. In any case, we like having two generators on a boat of this size and mission. Princess knows its customers and how they generally use the boat. With a fuel capacity of 744 U.S. gal. (2,818 L) and 210 U.S. gal. (793 L) of water clearly the boat is designed for short hops from marina to marina and day trips from a home base along the Riviera or in the Caribbean.
Owners desiring to take longer trips or stay out on the hook for a week or more, will want to think about adding a watermaker. We would recommend one that makes 1200 gpd, not because you will use that much, but because the higher capacity means the unit can be run for a shorter period of time. (They tend to be noisy.)
Stern thrusters are becoming increasingly popular and in most situations with a bow thruster one is not needed. However, there are some special circumstances in close quarter maneuvering in canals or marinas with strong currents when a stern thruster can make threading a needle with a 60-footer much easier.
For the kind of boating described above stabilizers are not really needed. However, if you are thinking about longer offshore passages, particularly at slower speeds, they should be considered. Conventional fin types are hydraulic and are powered by a PTO from the marine gear, engine, or generator.
Again, depending on what the mission would be, some people might want to consider sun protection for at least the forward part of the flying bridge. We are firm believers in "safe sun" which means not getting too much of it.
Observations on the Princess 60
A 60' flushdeck motoryacht is about the smallest yacht you can buy that has three staterooms with three heads, a crew cabin, and a feeling of spaciousness in the saloon. The next step down in the Princess line is the Princess 54 which has three staterooms, two heads and the galley down. This is an option we would suggest if the 60's price tag is a bit too dear for your purse. On the other hand, if the heads on the Princess 60 are bit too tight for you and you want a fourth stateroom (which will make the boat ideal for the charter trade), then we suggest that you look at the Princess 64 Flybridge motoryacht. Princess calls it a "sister" vessel, and certainly there are many similarities. Everything is a little bit bigger in the 64 and its only drawback is that it costs more money than the Princess 60.So how much does the Princess 60 cost? The one seen recently at the Miami Boat Show which was equipped with twin Cat C18 diesels had a price tag of about $2.5 million. In our opinion the Princess 60 is built right and ready to go to sea. When conditions turn snotty, you know that you don't have to worry. While it is no fun being bounced around in lumpy conditions, it is a good feeling when one has supreme confidence in the vessel underneath. That's how we would feel about the Princess 60.
Standard and Optional Features
|Dripless Shaft Seals||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
|Helm: Second Station||Standard|
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!