First 40 metre Princess Yachts under sea trials
2012-03-14By Raphael Montigneaux

The new flagship of the Plymouth-based shipyard Princess Yachts hit the water a couple of weeks ago. The 40 metre tri-deck motor yacht was spotted last week undergoing her first sea trials.

Called Imperial Princess, the first Princess 40M was launched at the historic ‘number 1 slipway’ at South Yard. Initial engine and systems tests were made during trials in Plymouth Sound.

Chris Gates, managing director of Princess Yachts, commented: 'It was quite something, and a demonstration as to just how much we have achieved with this incredible craft. She is truly wonderful and performed impeccably, we couldn’t be happier with her performance at sea.'

Designed by the in-house team in collaboration with Bannenberg & Rowell, the spacious, classic interior of Imperial Princess accommodates up to 12 guests in five cabins, including a full-beam master suite on the main deck, and two VIP cabins plus two twins with Pullmans on the lower deck. Of course, other interior layouts are possible, including a cinema or a gymnasium.

Powered by twin 12V MTU diesel engines, Imperial Princess will reach a top speed of 22 knots.

For the moment, Imperial Princess has a grey protective cover over her hull and parts of the superstructure. She will be completed for her official launch next month.