There’s a lot of pressure on models that replace popular predecessors. This Princess was born ready for the crown.
Replacing an existing yacht that has been incredibly successful takes some brass, but in the case of the new Princess F45, the builder created an even better yacht. More than 300 Princess 42s have been sold in just 10 years—that’s one 43-footer splashing every two weeks—but the replacement F45 is a whole new creature.
For starters, this is only the second Princess flybridge model with Volvo IPS 600 pod drives, which gave designer Bernard Olesinski and the Princess team a blank sheet on which to draft the interior.
A quick look reveals a boat intended for alfresco living. The cockpit has a transom settee that extends electrically into a wrap-around dinette, and extra-wide sliding doors open to an aft galley as convenient to the cockpit as to the oversized dining table opposite the helm. A comfy couch to starboard completes this floating “living room.”
The galley is compact, but provides everything needed to turn out gourmet cuisine from the three-burner cooktop to the double under-counter fridge. Even better, an outdoor kitchen unfolds from the transom with a sink and grill for abusing steaks and burgers.
The helm is pure Princess: ergonomic with all the switches where you want them and a double-wide helm seat. Opposite at waist level is the electrical panel, so you don’t have to get on your knees to turn on a light switch.
But the real change in this newest offering is the full-beam master. Because the Volvo pod drives are set well aft, the designers were able to create a voluminous stateroom with a centerline queen berth, a full-sized couch, built-in six-drawer bureau and his-and-hers hanging lockers. The en suite head is notable for the oversized shower stall with nearly 7 feet of headroom.
Forward, the VIP also benefits from extra space, with a walk-around berth that can scissor from a queen to a pair of singles when needed. The guest head also doubles as a day head with another large shower stall.
The flybridge is impressive, with the entire aft section devoted to a wrap-around dinette while a convertible couch/lounge/sunpad sits next to the helm. Between the two is another outdoor kitchen with grill, sink and fridge. The skipper gets twin pedestal seats behind a duplicate of the lower helm, protected from the breeze by a rail-capped Venturi windscreen.
The F45 feels like a much larger yacht, both when running offshore and in the details, from the flawless joinery and teak decks to the hand-stitched upholstery. Open galley drawers and find a full set of Princess flatware and dishes neatly fitted into rattle-proof compartments.
The engines are easily accessed through a large cockpit hatch and, once below, you’ll see the easily accessible wiring and plumbing, which makes maintenance painless.
With the twin Volvo IPS 600s, the F45 comes up to 31 knots effortlessly: a tribute to Olesinski’s slippery hull. At 47-feet, the F45 feels like a sportscar that wants to play. Don’t miss this one.
Princess F45 Layout Diagrams
Princess F45 Specifications:
Displ: 36,991 lbs.
Fuel: 286 gal.
Water: 107 gal.
Power: 2/440-hp Volvo Penta IPS 600
Cruise Speed: 25 knots
Top Speed: Approx. 31 knots