Some people are obsessed with boats. For some of us it’s a lifetime thing. But with the biggest, most outrageous super-yachts costing literally billions of pounds and a relatively ordinary yacht costing many tens of thousands, it isn’t always possible to own a boat of your own. That’s where boat share comes into play, a brilliantly innovative way to enjoy life on the ocean waves in considerable luxury without breaking the bank.
So what craft are available for boat share right now? We offer some of the best boat brands on the planet, including Princess, Ferretti, Benetti, Riva, Horizon and Sunseeker. They’re all prestigious, all beautifully built and perfectly-appointed, and they’re all designed with the ultimate in luxurious pleasure in mind.
This time around we thought we’d treat you to an overview of some of the finest craft available from one of the world’s best-loved and most prestigious British boat builders, Princess.
About the Princess Flybridge 72 – The ultimate in luxury boat share syndication
The Princess Flybridge 72 is a stunning craft, combining the elegance and fine detailing of a true motor yacht with the extraordinary agility and high-performance levels of a sleek, speedy sports cruiser. What a combination!
The 72 is built in true European style, with quite a straight sheer, a rakish nose and a beautifully-shaped reverse transom. There are no side exhausts so you get a smooth, clean-lined look, and her swimming platform manages to avoid looking like an open tailgate thanks to the gorgeous teak covered tender lift. There are no winglets or false vents to spoil her lines, either.
The Princess 72 comes with a solid fibreglass resin-infused hull. Her structural bulkheads are made from sturdy marine plywood, bonded for strength then fastened mechanically for belt-and-braces quality and strength. The open bridge design includes a full-service bar. And the designers have taken great care to maximise the accommodation. There’s a single-level salon perfect for entertaining. Below decks there’s a generous master room and even bigger state room, plus two single guest cabins that easily convert to doubles.
About the Princess 85 motor yacht – A large, luxurious, handsome craft
The awe-inspiring Princess 85 motor yacht can also be yours on a yacht share basis, a craft offering a rare level of comfort and luxury. She’s sleek and crisp, with good, clear lines very like her sister ship, the Princess 95. She accommodates as many as eight people plus two crew, and she features a brilliant three-stateroom layout.
You’ll be thrilled with the extensive equipment list for the interior, which includes a combination microwave / conventional oven and grill, a large fridge, cocktail cabinet, ice machine, dishwasher and laundry. There are all the TVs, music and entertainment systems you could possibly desire, extending to the crew mess, and there’s iPod docking if you need it. In short, your every need is catered for in great style, with grace and class.
For those of you who like to play, there’s a Williams 385 Jet RIB on board. And if you’re heading somewhere exotic she’s a dream, featuring full air conditioning and integral mosquito screens.
About the Princess 62 yacht – Dynamic and agile
Billed as both powerful yet elegant, the Princess 62 comes with wonderfully sleek exterior styling. Her hull is optimised for the ultimate in efficiency and her powerful Caterpillar engines offer 1015 HP each, delivering an impressive cruising speed of 24mph or just under 21 knots.
Every single tiny detail has been taken care of, and taken care of in supreme style. But the Princess 62 isn’t just a good-looker, she’s also crafted with comfort in mind. The accommodation includes every mod con you can imagine, complete with open-plan dining and spacious bedrooms comprising four luxurious cabins – an en suite full-beam owner’s stateroom, two guest cabins, and a fourth cabin. She offers three heads and three smart bathrooms, too.
This exceptional boat is simply bristling with all the best sea-going technology. A handy swimming ladder, hydraulic gangway and bimini top add to the potential of this glorious craft for relaxation, fun and entertainment, and her on-board TV, surround sound hi-fi, DVD and radio system are all top of the range. There’s a dining area to seat as many as 7 people and 360 degree privacy is yours thanks to super-smart Venetian blinds, Roman blinds, curtains and sunscreens on all the windows and doors. What a beautiful way to enjoy a life on the ocean waves.
About the Princess 82 yacht – Impressively large interiors
Bright and airy is the name of the game with the magnificent Princess 82, whose salon is unusually large and light thanks to over-sized windows on each side. But there’s more. The designers have taken the idea of extra space a step further by creating low-slung furniture that doesn’t interrupt your views of the ocean.
The second unusually good thing about this marvellous boat is her abundant stowage compartments, cleverly concealed under almost every piece of furniture. With a tested top speed of just under 21 knots, she’s also swift. This boat was built to cruise, and she’s remarkably comfortable.
A particularly big-feeling 82 footer, she comes with extra side-to-side room plus more headroom than most. There are three large guest cabins, each with its own en suite head, and a stunning full-beam master suite, along with very well-appointed crew quarters. The showers are nice and big. And there are huge windows on each side of both the master suite and VIP stateroom. Even the guest cabins come with oversized ports, and the head ports actually open.
Ultimately this craft is created for top class entertaining, complete with full-size bars on the aft deck and flybridge. The flybridge bar converts to an outdoor kitchen with its own smart grill and fridge, and the curved cockpit settee has a large table perfect for alfresco meals.
About the Princess 64 yacht – A contemporary delight
The Princess 64 is known and loved for being unusually sleek and contemporary, complete with very spacious cabins accommodating 8 guests across one master cabin, one VIP cabin, and two double or twin cabins. She also sleeps two crew members. If you’re out for the day there’s room for 12 people and 2 crew, and her smart dinette comfortably seats eight.
Like all Princess yachts the 64 is deceptively tough under her beautiful exterior. Her innovative push-pull resin infusion extends to the deck hatches, the inner liners and more as well as the deck and hull themselves. This means she’s seriously smart as well as easy to maintain, simply because any damage is clearly visible. Above the waterline, PVC coring adds even more strength as well as providing peace and quiet, cleverly insulating you from heat, cold, and noise.
The salon is your main entertainment area. The dining area, galley and lower helm all flow seamlessly into one another. As you’d expect from Princess, there’s masses of cunning storage space. The staterooms are everything you’d expect from a boat builder owned by the world’s most stylish brand, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, the ultimate in luxury. Even the rails are beautifully wrapped in carefully stitched leather. And the master stateroom is huge, spanning the full beam amidships and featuring enormous ports with great views.
Are you ready for yacht share?
If you’re thinking about yacht share, there’s plenty of insight into how the process works here. But we’re always delighted to discuss boats – any excuse! – and we’d love to talk things through with you in person, over the phone or by email. You’ll find us courteous, professional and enthusiastic.