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Motorboat & Yachting - - NEW BOATS -

It has been quite the year for Princess with the launch of the R35 and the an­nounce­ment that it is to build an en­tirely new range of su­pery­achts, start­ing with the X95. With all this ex­cite­ment the F45 should not be al­lowed to fly qui­etly be­neath the radar as it has an im­por­tant job on its hands. Firstly it re­places the 43, which re­placed the re­mark­able 42, a boat that Princess sold over 300 units of. Se­condly this is now the small­est fly­bridge boat in the range, mean­ing it has the task of bal­anc­ing Princess qual­ity with a price that isn’t go­ing to send cus­tomers flee­ing to French and Ger­man ri­vals.

It looks promis­ing. The lat­est Princess de­sign lan­guage is clear to see with the neatly ta­pered fly­bridge and that gen­er­ous sweep of glass that runs down both top­sides.

The resin-in­fused Bernard Olesin­ski hull is mated to IPS600, this be­ing only the sec­ond pod-drive boat in the fly­bridge range. On board, the ma­jor change over the 43 is that this boat, with its gal­ley aft ar­range­ment, has an amid­ships mas­ter cabin. This en­joys all 13ft 11in (4.25m) of the F45’s beam and an en­suite bath­room. The VIP cabin also has an en­suite which dou­bles as the day heads.

On the fly­bridge, there is space for a twin helm sta­tion, dinette and a neat wet­bar sand­wiched be­tween this and the L-shaped sofa ad­ja­cent to the helm. The F45 cer­tainly looks like a classy lit­tle num­ber.

An amid­ships mas­ter cabin is the main dis­tin­guish­ing fea­ture over the old 43 Mov­ing the gal­ley on to the main deck in­creases cabin space on the lower deck

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