Princess Yachts have released
details of the boat to replace their 54 model, the all-new
Far from being a tweaked version of the existing boat, the 56
uses a brand new hull which drops it nicely between the yard's
50 and 60 models.
The other main difference with the new model is a galley-up
layout, in line with their latest large flybridge models, which
does a fine job of freeing up space on the accommodation deck
and makes things much more sociable for the cook.
Despite its name, the boat is actually nearer to 60ft in length
so space on board should be at a premium and most felt in the
full beam ensuite master cabin amidships.
Elsewhere guests are treated
to an ensuite VIP cabin in the bow and a twin cabin which has
use of the day heads across the hall.
The boat also has a crew cabin located aft which Princess say is
plush enough to cater for guests on a short-term basis as well.
There is entertaining space aplenty on the 56, whether that be
in the cockpit, with its teak table and ample seating, or the
flybridge where another large sweep of seating creates an ideal
alfresco dining platform.
The saloon has two seating areas, a relaxed lounging spot aft
with coffee table and a slightly more formal raised dining area
adjacent to the lower helm for when the weather isn't quite so
Like most new Princesses of
late the hull of the 56 has been built with strength and
lightness in mind, hence the use of resin infusion in its make
Princesses usual attention to refinement remains with extensive
work being done on the use of sound-deadening materials and a
quiet, bespoke exhaust system.
There are two engine options available, twin
CAT C12A 715s or twin
Volvo Penta D13 800s
with the latter topping out at 33 knots whilst the smaller CAT's
will push the 56 up to 29 knots flat out.