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Princess V48

CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TEST

Air temperature: 72°F; humidity: 55%; wind: 15-18 mph; seas 3'-4'

LOAD DURING BOAT TEST

264 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

The Numbers

Princess V48 - Final Boat Test Numbers:
RPM Knots GPH Range dB(A)
1000 4.9 1.4 1,033 63
1500 8.6 5.3 482 64
2000 10.2 11.9 254 65
2500 14.6 21.4 203 70
3000 21.1 33.0 190 71
3500 31.1 44.4 208 75
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
Glendinning Cablemaster
Charles Industries voltage stabilizer transformer
cockpit ice maker

On Location

Better Boat: Head and Shoulders

Because 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.

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