Unveiled in October 2017, the Princess S78 has been the company’s flagship Sportbridge yacht for the past few of years, offering the perfect balance between bespoke luxury and scintillating performance.
Wearing a slender and streamlined profile, the S78 treads the path of some of its predecessors like the S60, S65, and S70, but adds a host of performance and style upgrades. Together, with the much larger spaces, they make the yacht an incredible proposition up to to this day.
The yacht combines the virtues of the company’s Flybridge range with the performance of a sport yacht. Not only does this make it the ultimate flybridge yacht, but, also puts it on par with some of its more expensive rivals on the market.
In the stern, the S78 is fitted with a hydraulic bathing platform along with a 4.45-meter tender garage equipped with an integrated tender launch system. From the bathing platform, a central staircase leads to the boat's spacious aft deck/cockpit which features a modular seating arrangement. Two large sun pads on either side of the staircase sit atop the tender garage.
In the forward area, we find a large U-shaped sofa with a folding table in between and another sofa opposite. These can be moved in and out to create even more space for dining and entertainment.
The saloon features a spacious and quite functional galley in the aft with a nice L-shaped sofa and table, providing an additional dining area. The galley comes fitted with a dishwasher, refrigerator, wine cooler, cooktop, and an oven.
With full-length side windows in the S78, there’s more than enough lighting in the lounge, while the saloon's clean lines and quiet tones give the area an aura of simplicity. Large sofas, a popup TV, and a nice little wet bar create a clean and spacious place for the ultimate spot for interior relaxation.
Moving forwards, the boat’s main helm station is tucked away in the forward right corner and features two helm seats, a pair of monitors, and a plethora of monitoring and navigation instruments. The retractable roof above the helm allows in more air and light, should you want it.
The S78’s lower deck comes with accommodation for up to eight guests, with a total of 4 cabins on offer. These include the master suite, two guest cabins, and one twin cabin. Accessible via a private staircase, the boat’s master cabin is as spacious and luxurious as they get. The room comes furnished with ample storage compartments, a double bed, sofa, large vanity unit, 40-inch TV, and a full-beam ensuite bathroom.
The boat’s huge hull glazing ensures that the rooms have more than enough lighting while simultaneously providing stunning sea views from the lower deck.
From the cockpit, a stainless steel and teak staircase leads to the boat’s incredibly spacious flybridge. Here, a fully integrated wet bar with a barbecue, ice maker, and a sink feature, along with a large sofa in the aft.
The luxury doesn’t stop there, as a pair of sofas skirt the boat’s secondary helm station, which comes equipped with a pair of seats, twin navigation screens, a control joystick, and a plethora of navigation and monitoring paraphernalia. Finally, the boat’s foredeck sees more seating, along with huge sun pads which can be converted to create additional aft facing seats.
Engine and Performance
The Princess S78 comes powered by either a pair of MAN V12 engines which produce an impressive 1,800mhp, or twin MAN V12 engines producing 1900mhp. These give the boat a top speed of 38 and 39 knots, respectively. Additionally, just like many of Princess’ modern yachts, the S78’s resin-infused hull is optimized for less drag. This design not only improves efficiency but also gives the boat better agility.
The largest boat in the British company’s S Class line-up, the S78 has plenty going for it and is one of only a handful of boats to combine luxury, space, and impressive performance. Three things that, for many, still make it one of the best sport bridge yachts on the market.