Written by: Rickard Charleson
At Galati Yacht Sales, we believe in continuous education and visiting our brands’ factories to gain better insight on their existing and new products. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Princess factory in Plymouth, England. I have visited a number of factories prior, but Princess’ impressive factory size and the expansive range of yachts they manufacture, rank their factory as one of the best. Princess has over 2,000 employees at its factory and offers yachts ranging from the sporty and agile V39 to the huge 40 Meter, which spans to 130 ft.
Princess began making yachts over 50 years ago. While they use automated machines to create the perfect fit and finish, they also believe in skilled craftsmanship. Their location in South West, England has them far away from other manufactures, so they have a tremendous amount of skilled craftsmen that assemble and build individual parts of the boat to perfection. They use nothing but natural materials and hand labor to create the modern feel and luxurious look that Princess has. In fact, they develop and manufacture over 80% of the yacht’s components in house. This does not only give them control of the quality, but also the ability to upgrade and make changes to fit their products better.
Princess has invested a lot of money in their own five axis routers so they can develop new technology into their products and manufacture more new models. During my visit, I was able to preview the new 75 Motor Yacht. This yacht is stunning! It has windows that span from floor to ceiling and gives you an incredible view from inside the yacht. Princess’ new hull designs are yachts that are more efficient, capable of planing at lower speeds, and are adapt to handle the rough seas. The Princess Factory is located outside the English Channel, where the sea is rough and the tide changes are about 30ft. These yachts go out in some of the toughest test conditions where an average boater wouldn’t imagine leaving the dock. Luckily, all Princess Yachts are resin infused, which means they are stronger and lighter for increased performance and lower fuel consumption for the end user.
What a lot of people don’t know is that all Princess vessels coming to the US are equipped with thicker teak, and excess air-conditioning due to our UV and heat being more intense than in Europe. US boats usually have hard tops for the flybridge, larger TV’s, more ice makers, etc. to meet our client’s needs and expectations.
While at the factory, I was able to also preview all of the new models in build. One of the new models announced this year is the new 49 Flybridge. This model was designed with a spacious layout and a large 3rd stateroom. The new, sporty Princess V58 Open and Deck Salon offer the best of both worlds. Lastly, the sleek S60 express boat with a sport bridge, and the new 75 Motor Yacht will be new additions this year.
It was an incredible opportunity to visit the Princess Factory. I am looking forward to an exciting year with these new models and cannot wait for people to experience the new models at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.
Rickard Charleson, FYBA
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