The Princess 62 has been reimagined from top to bottom. Still number two in the market based on their Flybridge Class, the P62 comes with a new profile: a continuous eyebrow black stripe that conceals the large picture windows serving the main deck saloon, pleasing and eye-catching new quadrilaterals for the lower deck cabin windows, new windshields, a flybridge that is further back towards the stern and it comes with a hardtop with a retractable roof, and a lighter, roomier performance hull.
The flybridge is larger, with a large dining area, a sunpad aft and another sunpad forward that converts to a circular seating area with table, catering for guests wishing to beguile the helmsman while soaking up the rays. The port companionway leads down to the cockpit, and its excellent connection to the saloon, accommodates a handy hydraulic-lift stern bathing platform.
On a boat of this size, the cockpit and the galley go well together, whether the weather be foul or fair; this craft offers the happy idea of extending the galley bench top through the rear bulwark to lose as little time as possible supplying fortifying drinks and snacks to the crew and guests when required. With the saloon doors open on fair weather, the light, bright saloon and its enormous windows become one with the fully-shaded cockpit area, particularly the saloon dining table which faces the port-side galley.
The grown-ups can dine in peace while keeping an eye on the younger members of the ship’s complement, or all can hang out together, cockpit, galley and saloon dining as one. The lounge area is up a step forwards, situated just behind the raised cabin helm position to starboard; there are two helm seats looking very smart in white hand-stitched leather. The helm position has an exceptionally good, high and wide, 270-degree view. There’s also a flanking two-seater cubby for use by passengers when the conditions outside steer the party indoors.
Between these two festive positions is the forward companionway down to the cabins. Right forward in the bows is the guest double cabin, its head doubling as the day head, while to the right on the starboard side is a twin-bed cabin. At aft, amid-ships, is the full-width master cabin complete with a private sitting area. All cabins have en-suite heads, and all the heads offer enviable sea views.
On the main deck, right forward, accessed along either side, is the obligatory forward sunpad, augmented by the practical addition of forward-facing seats for those of a less horizontal inclination. The sunpads are indeed horizontal, there being plenty of headroom below in the forward cabin, and the foredeck is thus a viable entertainment area when not under way.
While speed is capable of giving exhilarating performance, Princess crafts never compromise on agility and balance, even in the tightest turns at high speeds. You can count on the engineering heads at Princess who can produce a craft that runs free in calm waters or press on through tumultuous high seas.
Guests onboard the yacht will enjoy the sheer workmanship and detailing of the interior finishes. The teak and walnut wood fittings remind you that you are afloat, while the stainless steel, bronze and glass adds a masculine feel. The Japanese wallpaper, leather and suede leave you, in no doubt, that you are in the middle of luxurious comfort as only Princess Yacht’s British craftsmen can do it: unostentatious and refined.
The dining area faces the kitchen, and the proximity to the life preserving supplies from the galley below means that no one needs to fear hunger or thirst whether cruising or moored. At rest, you could host a dozen guests on the flybridge for cocktails, with another dozen below in the cockpit and saloon, and still have room for a couple of people to pass the canapes.
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Words Nic Boyde | Images courtesy of Princess
***This article is republished from Issue 41 of Yacht Style. Please refer to the print copy for the full story.