Tuesday, March 2

New Princess V78: Light-Filled Luxury Cruiser

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Princess Yachts has launched its new V78, a contemporary, light-filled family express cruiser that’s designed for an owner-operator and reaches speeds in the mid-30-knot range powered by twin 1,900-hp MAN diesels.

The flagship of Princess’ V series of yachts, the new 78 has four staterooms, all with en suite heads, on its lower accommodations deck. The full-beam, midships master is reached by a private staircase from the salon.

The salon is filled with natural light all around. The side windows are almost four feet high, and the electric sun roof opens far enough to expose about half the main deck. Visibility from the helm is almost 360 degrees.

You can climb on board the new Princess from a centered walkway from the swim platform to the cockpit. Twin sun lounges flank the walkway, and a dining area is forward on the port side. A wet bar with a sink and fridge are to starboard. The transom offers access to a crew (or kids’) cabin and the engine room. The cabin has two berths, a fridge, and a head with a shower.

In the salon, the galley is aft on the starboard side and is fully equipped for cruising with a four-burner cooktop and a full-size Sub-Zero fridge and freezer, among other appliances. A window in the aft bulkhead flips up to access the outdoor bar and grill.

The dining table on the port side is made of glass, reflecting light filling the salon. The table is on tracks, so you can pull it out for extra seating or push it in for more walking-around space.

A large, luxurious U-shaped sofa is forward to starboard and a settee is to port. The helm station, on the starboard side, has twin pedestal seats, and room for twin 17-inch Garmin displays. A door opens to the starboard side deck for help with line handling and docking.

The foredeck is made for lounging and entertaining, with large sun pads forward that can be converted to aft-facing seats. A forward-facing lounge completes the social area there.

Below, the master has a centerline double bed, a settee to starboard, and a vanity/deck to port. Headroom is a full 6’ 6” and light flows in from hullside windows. It has a his-and-hers en suite head with a glass-enclosed shower stall. The VIP stateroom is forward. A third stateroom is to starboard with double berths, and a fourth is to port with twin berths.

Specs.: LOA: 80’4”; Beam: 18’11”; Draft: 5’4”; Disp.: 118,179 lbs.; Fuel: 1,320 gals.; Water: 297 gals.; Power: 2×1,900-hp MAN diesels. Read more:







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