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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.princessy­

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

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