Including reports on the Princess 62 and S60 from the British Motor Yacht Show and previews of the Linssen Grand Sturdy 35.0 AC, Alfastreet 23 and Windy 27 Solano
The British Motor Yacht Show was the stage for the global launch of not one but two new 60ft models from Princess. Both were flybridge models measuring within a few inches of each other and costing around £1.3 million ex VAT.
Why the need for two such similar craft? Because one is the new S60 sportsyacht with a truncated flydeck and the other is the full-fat Princess 62 with an expansive flybridge and even more accommodation below. The S60 featured on this page is the prettier of the two thanks to a sleeker overall profile with a lower air draft, single-section side windows and more rakish hull window shapes. It also weighs around two tonnes less and has more powerful engine options – the show boat was fitted with the largest 1,200hp MANS for a claimed top speed of 38 knots. The other key differentiator is the inclusion of a tender garage with sunpads out back. This aside, it comes down to your preferred balance of accommodation. The S60 gives over more deck space to a large open aft cockpit than the P62, meaning a slightly smaller saloon. That said, you still get a sizeable aft galley with an opening window into the cockpit and a separate indoor dining area opposite, in addition to a raised seating area forwards with its own coffee table facing the bar and pop-up television.
The helm seat makes do with an opening window rather than a side door but the sliding sunroof overhead with three glass panels to let in the light, even when closed, ensures plenty of natural ventilation.
Surprisingly, the owner’s cabin in the S60 feels slightly bigger than that in the P62, perhaps because it has a slightly lower deckhead (although still plenty tall enough for standing headroom all around the bed) and rather more floor space at the end of the bed. The VIP forward is a similar size but has to share its ensuite bathroom with the third twin bed cabin, unlike in the P62.
The biggest difference is felt up on the flybridge where the S60 makes do with a much more compact layout and a folding bimini shade rather than a hardtop. There is still room for a reasonable dinette aft next to a small wet bar and an L-shaped section of seating opposite the helm, but not the full party deck that the P62 has.
The big question is whether the S60 also drives and handles in a more sporting manner than its more portly sister. We hope to find out ourselves with a back-to-back drive next month. Contact www.princessyachts.com
The S60 has a compact flybridge but a large cockpit and tender garage The owner’s cabin feels bigger than the 62’s
A glass sunroof over the helm lets in plenty of light even when closed