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Princess 52

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Princess 52

Sometimes, you just need some space. And that can be particularly true on a boat, where the demands of keeping a vessel afloat and functioning sometimes come at the expense of having some room to breathe. Not so on the Princess 52. This British-built, flying-bridge model was constructed with an eye towards making sure everyone onboard has enough space to rest comfortably, properly mingle at parties, and get away from other passengers (as cruising sometimes necessitates).

The 52’s spacious cockpit has a relatively large teak table and plenty of seating for everyone. A second dining table is located up top on everybody’s favorite deck, the bridgedeck, which was clearly conceived with entertaining in mind. A sunpad forward entices sun worshippers, while breezily elegant seating throughout the space, as well as a full wet bar with adjacent grill, sink, and refrigerator, helps make sure everybody stays refreshed and sated.

The 52 also features an aft galley. This design not only lets the chef be more sociable, it also allows enough space down below for three staterooms, including an amidships master with large panoramic windows.

We should know more about the 52’s at-sea performance after she debuts stateside later this month at the Newport International Boat Show. However, reports from the perimeter are all very positive thus far. As we go to press, Capt. Richard Thiel is about to step aboard for a sea trial. Keep an eye out for it in a future issue.

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  • Builder: Princess
  • Model: Princess 52
  • Year: 2013
  • Base Price: $1,800,000
  • LOA: 53'8"
  • Draft: 4'1"
  • Beam: 15'7"
  • Standard Power: 2/575-mhp Volvo Penta D9 Diesels
  • Cruise speed: 29 knots
  • Top speed: 33 knots

This article originally appeared in the September 2013 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.