It wasn’t so long ago that finding a performance sedan was quite difficult. Just about everything was built with a flybridge. Dedicated flybridge owners often remarked that not having a flybridge was like having “half a boat.” Well, times have changed, and sedans are making a comeback. More builders are offering sedans, including the UK-based Princess Yachts.
Princess Yachts unveiled the V60 at the 2019 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. As one of six yachts from 42 to 80 feet in the Princess V Class series—made up of hard-charging performance sedans—the V60 fills the gap between the V50 and the V65. From the start, I knew I was going to love driving the V60. It just felt right behind the luxurious helm. Visibility was excellent, and when you open the massive sunroof, you have all the natural air and sunlight you need. The deep-cut, dynamic V hull combines with a pair of Volvo Penta D-13 1,000-hp V8 diesel engines to achieve a top end of 34 knots (38 knots with a pair of MAN 1200s). At 2000 rpm, the Volvo Penta package cruises at 23.1 knots, and provides a range of just over 300 nm.
Like a lot of today’s sporty sedans, Princess made the best use of the deck and outside spaces, with lounging areas both fore and aft. The cockpit is spacious and ready to entertain. There is a central transom seating area with a fold-out teak table and a wet bar that includes an outdoor grill to port. Opposite is a separate set of docking controls. On either side of the central settee is access to a hydraulic rise/fall platform aft. Walk down to the transom, and there is another big lounging area above the dinghy garage and crew’s quarters.
Sliding doors and fully opening windows separate the cockpit from the spacious salon, which like every aspect of the boat, is designed to impress. Forward on the main deck is a sumptuous lounger, with low-profile window lines that give you uninterrupted views. Opposite is the double-seat helm. The aft galley is designed for conviviality with an open dining area that can be extended toward the cockpit. A large U-shaped sofa, including a table for dining, completes the living area on the main deck.
Below deck, the large hull windows and the bright, elegant interior create a pleasant living atmosphere. The V60’s three spacious double cabins comfortably accommodate up to six guests. The large forward cabin has a double bed, with easy access either side and long hull windows with open ports that provide plenty of light. There is also access to a head with a separate cubicle and plenty of storage space. The full-width master suite with a double bed, comfortable seating and a large wardrobe is located on the midship and offers an en suite head.
While there are plenty of choices when it comes to a boat in the Princess V60 style, this has to be one of the best I have been aboard. I would describe the V60 as stylish and elegant without being overly complicated. A sport-performance boat that delivers in every respect.
Princess V60 Layout Diagrams:
Princess V60 Specifications:
Displ.: (approx.) 64,335 lbs.
Fuel: 858 gal.
Water: 178 gal.
Power: 2/1,000-hp Volvo Penta D13;
2/1,200-hp MAN V8
Cruise Speed: 28 knots
Top Speed: 38 knots