Keeping pace with comfort
With such cruising capability built in, comfort has a lot to live up to. The downstairs layout of the 85MY follows accepted practice, with the owner’s suite amidships making the best use of the yacht’s considerable beam. There is plenty of floor space below decks, with a dinette, dressing table and walk-in wardrobe, roomy heads and shower compartment. The VIP cabin is forward, up two steps from the central corridor, and also has a big wardrobe and plenty of additional stowage space, as well as a useful full-length mirror in the lobby area.
Between these two luxurious suites, there is the option of a third suite to starboard with a double berth, and a twin-bunk, ensuite guest cabin to port - as seen on our test boat – or a symmetrical pair of twin-berth cabins. The small port cabin in the three-stateroom layout can alternatively be fitted out as an office or den, and there is also the option of a Pullman berth.
The interior fit-out on this particular 85 was white oak in a satin finish, with discreet, dark marquetry detailing and stainless steel highlights, while the pale suede and lacquer on the deckheads helped accentuate the headroom.
The crew are accommodated in a double and a twin cabin in the stern, with access via the cockpit or transom, and a heavy watertight door into the engineroom, where our test boat’s twin V-12 MTUs sat either side of a treadplate walkway with better more than six feet of headroom. The machinery space was well organised, with the aircon compressors arranged on the port side, a considerable hydraulics suite to starboard, and the fuel filtration equipment – including a fuel-polishing system, which is fitted as standard – installed along the aft bulkhead.
Out in the fresh air, wide and secure side decks lead to an excellent seating area on the foredeck, with the option of a bimini sunshade. This yacht’s British owner had opted not to clutter the flybridge with a hot tub, making the whole upper area, with its bar, huge teak table and substantial sofa, seem even bigger. The flybridge crane can hoist a substantial tender of up to 600 kilogrammes, while the hydraulic bathing platform is certified for up to 500 kilogrammes.
While the exterior spaces offer unusual levels of comfort and practicality, and the downstairs accommodation can’t really be faulted, it’s on the main deck that Princess spring their best surprise. Forward of the bright, roomy saloon and dining area, the handling of the galley, wheelhouse and forward lobby areas is quite masterful.
The key to the design is the central stairwell, around which everything else is arranged. The galley is hidden from the guests but open to the wheelhouse, making things comfortable and sociable for the crew, but it is only a couple of steps away from the dining table. The wheelhouse itself not only boasts a spacious and beautifully organised helm station, but also an excellent dinette within reach of the galley, which also offers excellent views. Doors on both sides mean that the crew can move about without disturbing the guests. As a layout it works superbly well. But in a small piece of irony, once the guests discover it, this is where they’ll want to hang out.
Which will be all the more reason for the crew to be keen on those long, stabilised night passages that this boat should do so well. With the guests snoring down below, the crew can settle down to run the show in the sort of comfort normally reserved for vessels twice this size.
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Technical specifications – Princess 85MY
LOA 85ft 1in (25.93m)
Beam 20ft 8in (6.30m)
Displacement loaded 77 tns approx
Displacement light 70 tns approx
Draught (max) 5ft 5in (1.65m)
Fuel capacity 1,850 imp gal (8,400 litres)
Water capacity 330 imp gal (1,500 litres)
RPM 1,000 1,250 1,500 1,750 2,000 2,250 2,370
SPEED 9.8 12.0 13.6 16.1 18.9 23.3 24.8
LPH 66 125 221 338 463 614 677
GPH 14.5 27.5 48.6 74.3 101.8 135.1 148.9
MPG 0.68 0.40 0.28 0.22 0.19 0.17 0.17
RANGE 1,006 592 518 326 281 252 252
Fuel consumption figures from MTU fuel computers. 7 crew, 1 x 3.85m RIB, 100% water, 100% fuel; 4ºC air temp, 7ºC water temp, 1015mb air pressure, 99% humidity, 1-2ft waves; Force 2 for speed trials. Speed in knots. Gallons are imperial. Range in nautical miles. Range allows for 20% reserve.
Slow cruising 12.0 knots, 592 miles @ 1,250rpm
Fast cruising 23.3 knots, 252 miles @ 2,250rpm
Flat out 24.8 knots, 252 miles @ 2,370rpm
Design Bernard Olesinski/Princess Yachts
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SOUND LEVELS dB(A)
Helm Saloon Master
Slow cruising @ 12.0 knots 65 67 69
Fast cruising @ 23.3 knots 75 78 76
Flat out @ 24.8 knots 77 80 78
Twin MTU V-12, 1,800hp @ 2,350rpm, driving 5-blade Veem 41in x 42in (1,041mm x 1,067mm) NiBrAl props through ZF 2060A 2.467:1 gearboxes