PRINCESS V60

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LOA 62ft 11in (19.17m) BEAM 16ft 0in (4.87m) EN­GINES 2 x 1200hp MAN V8 TOP SPEED 38 knots PRICE FROM £1.64 mil­lion inc VAT CON­TACT See Princess web­site for deal­ers www.princessy­achts.com

We wouldn’t nor­mally get too ex­cited about a sportscruiser ver­sion of the ex­ist­ing S60 but it doesn’t half look good. Be­sides, we’re thrilled that there is still de­mand for this type of unashamedly he­do­nis­tic craft – it wasn’t long ago that Princess called a halt to all new V-class boats over 56ft. Nor should we un­der­es­ti­mate how big a dif­fer­ence that vast sun­roof makes to the sa­loon. The aper­ture is im­mense and even when closed there’s enough glaz­ing in it to en­sure the helm and sa­loon are bathed in nat­u­ral light.

The rest of the lay­out is more or less the same as the S60’s, al­though some­how it feels even more sur­pris­ing to find quite so much space and head­room down be­low on what is now a true sportscruiser.

Talk­ing of which, the slightly re­duced weight, lower cen­tre of grav­ity and re­duc­tion in windage can only serve to en­hance the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of the al­ready tidy S60. Princess is claim­ing a top speed of 38 knots from the big MAN V8s, so even if you lose a knot or two with full tanks and the ubiq­ui­tous Wil­liams turbo jet in the garage, it is still not hang­ing about for such a large boat. If you’re a fan of big sportscruis­ers the V60 should tick all the boxes.

The V60 shares it’s hull with the S60 but swaps the sports­bridge with a sun­roof

Four glass pan­els light up the sa­loon

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