Princess Yachts has released details surrounding the company’s newest flagship, the 26.2-metre Flybridge Y85. Created in collaboration with Olesinski naval architects and Italian styling house Pininfarina, the Y85 is the latest in a line of successes for the English yacht builder. Photo: Princess YachtsAccording to the company, the Y85 is “created for the owner who wants to travel fast, in style and luxury.” Able to attain a top speed of 33 knots under the power of twin MAN v12 engines, Princess claims a 13% jump in efficiency for the Y85 series, as compared to its competitor’s similar size ranges.
Large windows encapsulate the main deck saloon, which is centred around a u-shaped sofa, and a dining area with a galley area that can be easily transformed from an open and sociable kitchen, into a formalised galley.
Unabashedly, Princess has created the Y85 with al-fresco living in mind. Sunpads with teak headrests can be transformed into aft-facing sofas, so guests can sit on the vessel’s main deck, aft or forward on either side of the helm. A semi-rounded sofa area on the main deck aft is perfectly situated for outdoor dining while at anchor, or outdoor seating while under power. New owners have the option to custom order the Y85 with a louvred hardtop, which provides shade on the flybridge where there is a fully-equipped wet bar, barbeque, and refrigerator. When things heat up on board, guests can cool off on an aft hydraulic swim platform.
Photo: Princess YachtsLocated amidship, the master suite fully utilises the Y85’s 6.3m beam. Two large windows allow ample light to flow inside, where her new owners will find an ensuite bathroom, and a dressing room equipped with wardrobes and drawers. The lower deck features four guest cabins, which can accommodate up to eight guests. The new design also offers guests more privacy, with a separately accessed crew quarters and mess. Princess has also included a Naim audio system onboard. Quiet cruising is achieved with sound-proof insulation in the engine room and engine mounts that reduce vibrations while under power.
Princess Yachts is currently in its third of a five-year £100 million investment programme and the Y85 is the latest addition to the brand’s superyacht range. Princess Yachts was acquired by L Capital 2 FCPR in 2008, an investment group which is sponsored by LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) and Groupe Arnault.