By Lenny Rudow
Princess 60: Good Graces
This UK-built luxury cruising yacht emphasizes open and airy living spaces on the flybridge, in the cockpit, and belowdecks.
Yacht designers sometimes try to cram in as many staterooms as possible, often producing vessels that seem cramped in every area. That’s a feeling you won’t get on the new Princess 60, which has three staterooms and plenty of elbow room.
The master is as grand as they come on boats of this size, spanning the boat’s full beam. The forward guest stateroom also feels huge, and even the twin-berth cabin has room to move around. What about the crew? They get their own slightly less roomy twin-berth quarters aft of the engineroom, along with their own head.
The living large attitude is also found in the main cabin, where huge wrap-around windows keep the sun flowing and a wide-open design prevents the saloon, galley, and dining areas from feeling chopped up or enclosed. What if you like a little separation from one area to the next when food prep is under way? There’s a sliding glass screen you can use to close off the galley from the rest of the cabin.
The 60 carries 1,600 or 1,800 horsepower, which isn’t a lot for 33 tons of modern fiberglass. That means performance isn’t extreme for a boat of this nature, with a top end in the mid to low 30-knot range and a cruise in the upper 20s. On the flip side, having fewer horses also means you’ll enjoy lower fuel consumption than many boats of this size and type.
When those iron horses go to work, you like feeling the wind blowing through your hair? Head for the great outdoors, and once again it’ll be clear that spaciousness is what this boat is all about. In the stern there’s a large cockpit with U-shaped seating around a teak table. Step down onto the huge swim platform when you’re ready for a dip, or lower it at the press of a button to launch your tender or waterbike. The most impressive views, however, can be found on the flybridge. It’s out-and-out massive, with twin pedestal seats at the helm, a large settee, a tanning pad, and plenty of extra deck space. You don’t even have to leave the bridge when it’s time to eat, thanks to the electric grill, the wetbar and sink, and the top-loading refrigerator. Best of all, whether you’re cooking, eating, or just lounging around, one feeling you’ll never get is being cramped.
Other choices in this range include the Sunseeker Manhattan 63, Sealine T60 Aura, and Azimut 60 Flybridge.
For more information, visit Princess Yachts.
- Length: 61’1”
- Beam: 15’10”
- Max. Draft: 4’2”
- Deadrise: 15 deg.
- Weight: 67,241 lbs.
- Fuel capacity: 620 gal.
- Lenny Rudow is Senior Editor for Dominion Marine Media, including Boats.com and Yachtworld.com. With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, he has contributed to publications including Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design who has won 28 BWI and OWAA writing awards.
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