The Princess Yachts Y Class: Yachts Of Distinction

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As a line of sub-100-foot mini superyachts, each of the four Princess Y Class yachts is designed to deliver cruising at its most cultured. With exquisite materials, meticulous detailing and large, open spaces bathed in natural light, guest comfort is unashamedly high-end.  And with first-class seakeeping, high-volume internal capacity and a variety of living and dining spaces, practical long-distance cruising is also a major strength.

Princess Yachts has long been famous for the creation of midsized flybridge cruisers that combine great internal space with proven hulls and premium luxury.  But with a modern fleet spanning 21 boat models across six product lines from 40 to 95 feet, its modern fleet is in fact tremendously diverse.  The R35 open sports boat is the smallest and fastest model in the fleet.  Above that, the V Class transfers plenty of pace and agility into the luxury cruising sector.  The iconic F Class flybridge motor yachts add extra space from 40 to 62 feet, before the S Class takes up the mantle, with a range of ‘sportbridge’ motor yachts from 62 to 78 feet.  And while the new expedition-style X Class has brought fresh opportunities at 80 and 95 feet, the imperious Y Class remains a crystal-clear expression of Princess’s inherited strengths.

Princess Y72: for ‘big boat’ luxury

Introduced in the summer of 2020, this smallest of the Y Class yachts is an object lesson in on board decadence. It uses an Olesinski exterior design that is defined not by flat two-dimensional surfaces but by elegantly sculpted three-dimensional forms. Though arguably less ostentatious in appearance than other sub-100-foot ‘superyachts’, it also features full-length windows that echo those on the new Y95 flagship, plus a flybridge that provides the option of an extended hardtop with a stylish louvered roof.  The foredeck sunbathing area can be converted to include forward or aft-facing seats and, while the sociable helm is ideal for owner-operator use, there is also a twin ensuite crew cabin that doubles as an extra guest room. This adds some useful cruising flexibility to the four dedicated ensuite cabins further forward – and yet the full-beam master stateroom still has plenty of room for its own private spiral staircase. Little wonder that this beautiful yacht scooped a winner’s gong at the prestigious Motor Boat of the Year Awards in 2022.

 

Princess Y80: for convivial cruising|

Offering a generous beam, the new Y80 provides significant volume and flexibility with owners able to specify innovative alternative layouts to suit their needs. A choice of three cockpit designs are available: a traditional U-shaped dining arrangement with additional storage solution for two SEABOBs; a central cockpit table with free standing furniture to seat eight guests; or Princess’ new ‘infinity cockpit’ layout (first seen on the new Princess Y85) with electrically sliding seating and table mechanism to transform the area from a relaxed sofa arrangement to an informal dining area.

There is a seamless connection of each zone on the main deck, from living area to dining arrangement, from well-equipped galley to day head, through to the wheelhouse with helm station and companion seating.  Below deck, four ensuite cabins sleep eight, supported by crew quarters with two further cabins and a crew mess.  The elegant master stateroom, accessed via private stairway from the main deck, makes full use of the yacht’s impressive beam.

The flybridge features relaxed seating and dining areas, a large sunpad, fully equipped wetbar with optional stools, plus stowage capacity for a 4m tender or wetbike.  Flexibility continues on the flybridge too with two further aft layout options including a relaxed free-standing L-shaped seating arrangement or spa bath with sun loungers aft.  The foredeck has been designed to offer a secluded escape to while-away an afternoon or an elegant entertaining space to sip cocktails with guests. A conversationalist seating area can easily accommodate 10 people, which can convert to offer a spacious sunpad.

Equipped with twin MAN V12 1900hp engines, the Y80 offers powerful performance with maximum speeds in excess of 30 knots.

 

Princess Y85: for on board entertaining

Designed in collaboration with Italian styling house, Pininfarina, the Princess Y85 adds some useful extra features for crewed adventures. In the open-plan single-level main deck saloon, for instance, there’s a large aft lounge, a forward dining table and a port galley with an attractive bar. There’s also a handy day heads in the forward part of the saloon – but the main deck helm station is divided off from the main living space for outstanding privacy on long-distance cruises. And at the touch of a button, the galley can also be fully enclosed to help divide the utility spaces from the party zones.

All this main deck versatility means there’s only one (rather than two) staircases to access the lower deck, but down below, there is ample space not just for four ensuite cabins but also for a class-leading separate crew quarters comprising two crew cabins and a crew mess. That space is echoed up on the flybridge, where the helm, dining area, wet bar and sunbed are supplemented with a large aft deck with crane and tender storage, helping free up the lower swim platform for watersports. And in spite of the scale and calibre of her recreational spaces, the Y85 is an impressive performer too. With twin MAN V12-1900 diesels, she can reach speeds of up to 31 knots and deliver a supremely quiet and refined cruise.

 

Princess Y95: for ultimate indulgence

If you want the space and flexibility of the X95 but with an extra dose of classical elegance, the flagship of the Y Class range is a great solution.  Rivalling even Princess’s own previous iconic M Class for space, facilities and quality of finish, it features the longest and most expansive hull windows ever installed on a Princess yacht. That certainly helps guarantee huge views from both the main and lower decks but the really key difference on this boat is the provision of a full-beam master suite in the forward part of the main deck.

As on the X Class models, it’s achieved by means of cleverly designed side decks that lift just forward of amidships, opening out the superstructure to wonderful effect.  The master suite is afforded plenty of space for its own lounge and dressing area, plus delightful views through floor-to-ceiling windows on both sides. And the aft part of the main deck also enjoys some distinctly high-end day spaces, thanks to a large bathing platform with an optional Beach Club.  Elsewhere, there are four additional ensuite guest cabins, accessed via a large spiral staircase, plus ample crew accommodation and an ensuite Captain’s cabin with double bed.  Beautifully designed, with a flawless finish, configurable layouts and plenty of bright, wide-open space, the flagship Y95 is the perfect ambassador of what makes the Princess Yachts Y Class so special.

 

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