Princess Yachts R35

Soundings - - Con­tents - — Gary Re­ich

Princess in­tro­duces the high-per­for­mance, high-tech R35 with foil­ing tech­nol­ogy, a slick-look­ing build that could change the way we think of sport cruis­ers.

Princess Yachts is per­haps best known for high-per­for­mance ex­press yachts and sleek fly­bridge mo­to­ry­achts. The Bri­tish builder has bro­ken that mold with the R35, a high-per­for­mance, high-tech, foil­ing sports yacht. Launched at the Cannes Yacht­ing Fes­ti­val in France, it’s the first in what is planned as a range of speedy, plush sport­boats.

“The R35 is a rare mix of ex­treme el­e­gance and tech­nol­ogy,” said Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man Antony Sheriff. “Of­ten, de­sign is a tri­umph of beauty over func­tion or func­tion over beauty. Princess has been able to de­velop a tech­no­log­i­cally game-chang­ing yacht that is also stun­ningly beau­ti­ful. It is in ev­ery way a new ex­pe­ri­ence, yet also in­stantly rec­og­niz­able as a Princess.”

Most no­table is the R35’s Ac­tive Foil Sys­tem, which in­cludes a pair of ad­justable foils be­low the wa­ter­line. The com­puter-con­trolled foils are not ca­pa­ble of lift­ing the boat free of the wa­ter, but Princess says the R35’s sys­tem im­proves turn­ing per­for­mance, sta­bil­ity and sea­keep­ing while re­duc­ing drag as much as 30 per­cent.

The mono­coque car­bon-fiber hull and deck were de­signed in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ital­ian de­sign house Pin­in­fa­rina, which is known for su­per­car de­sign. The R35 has a sporty, ag­gres­sive stance with curves that spill into the cock­pit, where a U-shaped lounge is ready for fam­ily and guests. Farther for­ward, a two-per­son bench faces a one- piece, curved wind­shield. To port is a com­pan­ion­way that leads to the cabin with a con­vert­ible berth, en­closed head and gal­ley.

A pair of 430-hp Volvo Penta gaso­line in­boards with cus­tom CNC in­takes and ex­haust ports push the R35 to a top speed of 50 knots, ac­cord­ing to Princess. The builder also says the R35 is the fastest boat it has ever built.

LOA: 35’9” Beam: 10’8” Draft: 2’6” Displ.: 9,000 lbs. Fuel: 132 gals. Wa­ter: 31 gals. Power: (2) 6.2-liter 430-hp Volvo Penta gas in­boards

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