Princess to celebrate 50 years of inspired yacht design at Cannes Yachting Festival
The globally admired UK yacht brand is marking the auspicious occasion by showcasing both the new and the old, reminding us of its impressive track record of sublime quality and craftsmanship in yacht design and manufacture.
Princess was founded in 1965 as Marine Projects in Plymouth, England. David King and two friends started the business with a Senior 31 hull and deck moulding to fit out in their rented shed at Newport Street, Plymouth. This original yacht – the Project 31, sold for £3,400 and marked the birth of a prosperous new Plymouth shipyard. Since then countless industry awards have been bestowed on the company and Princess has developed into one of the most successful motor yacht builders in the world. Today the company employs over 2,000 people across six huge factories in and around Plymouth. More than 300 yachts are built annually, so there is plenty to celebrate!
What better way to demonstrate the latest in luxury yacht design from Princess than with a global launch for the stunning new Princess 35M?
This yacht will be headlining a display of eight Princess yachts at Cannes. With the Princess 35M visitors to Jetée 106 can enjoy an innovative, powerful and graceful yacht “offering the most luxurious and sociable onboard experience” as Princess puts it. This is a clever evolution of the M Class craft, with inspiring elements seen in the raised pilot house, ingeniously designed foredeck area and attractive and sociable seating and sun lounging area.
Interior layout creates space and light. There's a beautiful full-beam master suite on the main deck, with a further three or four guest cabins below. The crew quarters are forward and a 5.5m tender and jet ski garage aft. Ready to catch the eye of luxury yacht buyers this season, Princess is confident that the 35M sets a new benchmark in marine design.
Princess fans can journey back through half a century with Project 31. This is an original classic Princess being restored to its former glory. Princess craftsmen have lovingly refurbished her and so Project 31 will be unveiled at Cannes alongside the imposing new 35M.
Also at Cannes will be the Princess 52 and 56 and the 68 – another debut. The 82 Motor Yacht, V39 and V48 Open make up the line-up with a second show appearance from the sleek S72.
About the Cannes Yachting Festival:
A key date in the luxury boat shows calendar, the Cannes Yachting Festival habitually attracts more than 580 boats on display - in water and on land - and more than 150 world premiere editions.
The event takes place across three glamorously sundrenched French Riviera sites: the ‘Vieux Port’, the ‘Port Pierre Canto’ and the "Palais des Festivals". Located at either end of the famous Croisette in Cannes, the sites are just right for hosting Europe’s leading in-water boat show.
Article: Alison Clements
Photos: Princess Yachts International