British boat builder Princess Yachts has revealed the latest edition to its S Class sportbridge range with the introduction of the Princess S80. Building on the design of the yard's S72 model, which launched earlier this year at boot Düsseldorf, the 25.4-metre Princess S80 will serve as the new flagship of Princess Yachts' S Class.
The yacht was designed in-house by the Princess Design Studio in collaboration with naval architects from Olesinski and Italian design house Pininfarina. It offers a versatile layout either as an owner-operated vessel with an open saloon and raised helm or discretely crewed, with the option of an enclosed helm concealing accommodation for up to three crew.
The S80 had been conceived with sociability and a connection to the outdoors in mind. The main deck sits close to the water with a seamless flow between its sunbathing, lounge and dining spaces.
Andy Lawrence, director of design at Princess Yachts, explained: "The design of the elongated sleek canopy shades the forward two-thirds of this area with an optional awning taking care of the remaining third. The saloon glazing extends far back into the cockpit, cocooning the forward dining area to create shelter from the wind without obstructing your view."
High bulwarks with oval stainless steel rails complete the space, extending beyond the full-length windows lining either side of the cockpit canopy. A large sliding door on the main deck ushers guests into the yacht's interior, which features soft natural materials and four en-suite cabins situated on the lower deck.
Above sits a 28.7-square-metre flybridge with multiple seating areas, a wetbar and a barbecue. The space is also equipped with a convertible dining table and even functions as an outdoor cinema with a rise and fall television.
Other onboard highlights include a generous foredeck, tender garage and an electro-hydraulic bathing platform.
The S80 can be fitted with either MAN V12 1,900 or 2,000 hp engines enabling speeds of up to 34 knots, with an optional 7,000-litre fuel tank for an extended cruising range.
The unveiling of the new model comes shortly after news that Princess Yachts had been acquired by US equity firm KPS Partners as it furthers its expansionary efforts. The yard is also set to debut the Princess X80 in the US at this week's Palm Beach International Boat Show, which has sold more than 30 units since January 2022.