LOA 47ft 1in (14.35m) BEAM 13ft 11in (4.25m) ENGINES Volvo Penta IPS600 TOP SPEED 31 knots PRICE FROM £648,000 inc VAT CONTACT www.princessyachts.com
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