Princess V48By Capt. Richard Thiel
CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTAir temperature: 72°F; humidity: 55%; wind: 15-18 mph; seas 3'-4'
LOAD DURING BOAT TEST264 gal. fuel, 80 gal. water, 9 people, 500 lb. gear.
TEST BOAT SPECIFICATIONS
Test Engine: 2/435-mhp Volvo Penta IPS600 diesel pod drives
Transmission/Ratio: Volvo Penta, 2.34:1 gear ratio
Props: Volvo Penta IPS T3 propset
Price as Tested: $1,366,815
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|Speeds are two-way averages measured by onboard GPS. GPH taken from Volvo Penta display. Range is based on 90% of advertised fuel capacity. Sound levels measured at the helm. 65 dB(A) is the level of normal conversation.|
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT ON TEST BOAT
Noteworthy Options: Reverso oil-change system for mains and genset
Side Power bow thruster
hi-lo cockpit table w/ fill cushion
scissors berth in forward cabin
electro-hydraulic swim platform
Charles Industries voltage stabilizer transformer
cockpit ice maker
Better Boat: Head and ShouldersBecause of a huge sunroof, the helmsman can still have that wind-in-your-hair enjoyment from an interior driving position. But it gets better. The helm has a step that gives the driver a better vantage point, allowing a man of average height to get his head above the roofline for better sightlines during tight-quarters maneuvering. Not quite a flying bridge, but the next best thing on a sleek boat like this. — Jason Y. Wood
This article originally appeared in the August 2014 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.