The smallest and fastest Princess is also among the builder's most technologically advanced.
Princess Yachts is calling its new R35 a “performance sports yacht,” and its 50-plus mph top speed, carbon fiber monocoque hull structure, all-aluminum Volvo V-8 gas engines and Active Foil System all point to the type of cutting-edge design that backs up that designation. But it also looks like a sleek dayboat, a superyacht tender and a couples’ weekender.
Sleek, angled, swept back and highly collaborative, the Princess R35 is the smallest Princess model and, according to the company, the fastest boat it has ever built. With a hull design aided by Pininfarina, an Italian styling house that has designed world-renown cars, and a foiling system designed with Ben Ainslie Racing Technologies, the R35 is aerodynamic, hydrodynamic, bespoke and fast.
Seating and lounging spots abound from the helm to the swim platform, and a cabin in the bow includes a dinette/berth, a galley and a head. At the helm, twin 17-inch glass bridge displays, engine controls, a Volvo Penta joystick and the Active Foil System control panel give the operator, who is situated at a triple-wide helm seat, full control.
When people see the words “foil system” they think of those spidery appendages that lift a boat out of the water, but the foils on the 35-foot, 9-inch Princess R35 AFS are more subtle, leaving the boat in the water. Integrated into the 10-foot, 8-inchwide hull, the foils work with the hull to reduce drag — up to 30 percent, according to Princess — by articulating independently of each other to adjust the heel angle and attitude of the boat. An onboard computer calculates the foils’ position up to 100 times per second for maximum efficiency.
Dayboat. Day cruiser. Yacht tender. See-and-be-seen wakemaker. As a new boat, the Princess R35 is still open to categorization by buyers. The reaction from observers, no matter the category, is likely to be stares.