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Sailing Siblings 

The flybridge format offers a flexible yet versatile module for pleasure boating connoisseurs, and Princess Yachts is at the forefront of recognising this growing need, especially here in Asia. The British yachtmaker has responded by presenting two new flybridges; the Princess 62 and Princess 55.

Boat Lagoon Yachting, one of Asia’s largest importer and distributor of luxury yachts, recently officially presented two of the latest additions to the iconic Flybridge range from Princess Yachts in Southeast Asia – the Princess 62 and Princess 55, with the former model after making her joint World Premiere at the Cannes Yacht Show and the Southampton Boat Show earlier,  and they are set to make Asia Pacific debut in Thailand this November at the Boat Lagoon Marina, Phuket. 

The Princess 55 on the other hand, will be making its official Asia Premiere at the Singapore Yacht Show 2018 after its World Premiere at the Southampton Boat Show earlier. With these two regal siblings destined to draw a big crowd during their separate premieres, here we take a quick look at both of the yachts offerings and how they embody the Plymouth-based shipyard’s meticulous design ethos.

Princess 62

The silhouette of the 62 is unmistakably Princess, from the vast sweeping deck saloon windows to the clean lines of the canopy. Its new sculpted hull-side windows give the exterior a dynamic appearance. Her optimised hull form is to allow greater efficiency and fitted with twin Caterpillar 12.9 1000 engines, the 62 is anticipated to reach speeds up to 32.5 knots.

The overall design theme of this flybridge is to inspire relaxation, featuring the latest evolution of the signature Princess Design Studio styling. This can be seen from the large dining area, a sunpad aft and a unique circular forward seating area that can be converted into an additional sunpad if preferred. Boasting a walkthrough foredeck entertaining space and a hydraulic bathing platform as standard. 

​The main deck saloon features a sociable aft galley arrangement that opens to the cockpit while the helm position is located to starboard with additional forward facing guest seating opposite. Below deck, up to six guests can enjoy three beautifully appointed ensuite cabins all bathed in natural light from the elegant hull glazing, with the option of a further twin cabin aft for occasional guests or crew.

Over on the inside, elegant shaped surfaces and precision layered geometry define the interior to form a truly tranquil environment, with bespoke furnishings that include a handcrafted coffee table in the main deck saloon. This beautifully blends the colour and textures of timber, glass and leather, combine with soft suede, bronze tint mirrors, hand stitched detailing and Japanese wallpapers to stunning effect and create perfect harmony. 

Princess 55

From afar, keen eyes will not miss the 55’s keen focus on maximising space upon her teak decking. The distinctive design ethos of the flybridge range flows seamlessly on the exterior of the Princess 55 with contrasting textures and materials incorporated throughout with smart paneling, directionally laid teak veneers, inlaid polished stainless steel and contemporary paint finishes. The flybridge includes a U-shaped aft seating area with folding teak dining table, a wetbar with optional electric barbecue and twin helm seats are accompanied by L-shaped companion seating that converts to a sunpad. 

The main deck features a spacious dining area in the cockpit and an aft galley which perfectly lends itself to dining al-fresco. When you move into the saloon, its U-shaped sofa and hand-made convertible coffee table greets you, with a sofa just opposite  and 49″ screen that raises up from the sideboard. Twin helm seats have been reimagined with fore and aft adjustment for helmsman. Fantastic open space to relax can be found forward with the seating area and generous sunpad.

Its interior carries an emphasis on comfort and expansive living areas that is visible throughout the deck saloon which features the new internal console area that incorporates clean, streamline surfaces and finishes. The collection of contemporary sofas, beautifully crafted furniture and floating side board is highlighted with subtle accent lighting and finishes in soft suede, tinted mirror, hand stitched detailing and Japanese wallpapers to create perfect harmony. Down below, expansive hull windows have been used to create a sense of constant forward motion while generously flooding the interior with light.

Lower accommodation consists of a master stateroom with dressing table, breakfast area and ensuite bathroom, a foreward double guest cabin and a starboard twin cabin with the option of a double bed conversion. There is also an optional single aft cabin with storage spaces, ideal for crew. The Princess 55 can be propelled to a top speed approaching 33 knots all with nimble composure to reflect refinement and performance in equal measure. 

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