Princess Yachts Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Restoration
Published: Monday, 29 June 2015
Princess Yachts celebrates its 50th anniversary with the restoration of the original Princess Yacht Project 31.
Project 31@50 will become the centerpiece of the anniversary celebrations. She will make her world debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival, September 8-13.
“I am delighted to see a Project 31 return to Plymouth after all this time,” says Princess Yachts Director and Founder David King. “At first glance she’s in pretty good condition – although there is plenty of work to be done. We’ve got great plans for her and I’ll be delighted to see her brought back to life.”
Project 31 has undergone some alterations throughout her life but still remains every bit a Princess. She was the initial success story behind the Princess brand with over 150 boats produced and sold worldwide.
A team of apprentices and retired employees will be utilising their skills to refit and restore Project 31. The Princess Design Studio will upgrade the helm with a new design. The current engines are in excellent working condition and will be refurbished with the help of Marine Engineering Ltd and Volvo Penta. The mahogany timber will be restored. Dedar Milano will provide designs for the upholstery and work surfaces.
Today Princess Yachts is one of the leading boat manufacturers. The company has a range of over 20 M Class superyachts, Flybridge motor yachts, V Class sports yachts and S Class Sportbridge yachts ranging from 39 to 132 feet.
Weekly progress of the Project 31 transformation can be followed on the dedicated Project 31@50 website.
For a behind the scenes look of Project 31@50 progress: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hh6NmpPV3os&feature=youtu.be