Released in January 2019, the Princess V55 is still one of the most compelling sports cruisers money can buy, and it’s not hard to understand why.
With an updated and much-improved design over many of its predecessors, the V55 sits in the middle of the British company’s impressive V Class line-up stacked with boats like the V50, V60, V65, and the much larger V78. While it generally carries a “sport boat” title, you’d be thoroughly impressed by just how much space there is aboard the V55. This spaciousness makes it perfect for those searching for a performance boat that also provides ample room for relaxation.
Measuring 17.28 meters in length and 4.66 meters in width, the V55’s sleek and sporty profile is easy on the eye. It features long sweeping lines, sculptural forms, and an updated hull. The latter of which not only gives it better handling and agility but also affords the boat’s occupants more interior space.
Access aboard the V55 is via a neat hydraulic platform. Although it’s by no means the biggest you’ll see, many will be pleased to hear that it manages to make room for a 3.45m tender garage. From the hydraulic platform, two stairs with teak flooring sit on either side of the garage and ascend to the boat’s cozy cockpit.
Modular L-shaped seating, a large dining area, a wet bar, and an electric barbecue make the boat’s cockpit more than sufficient for all kinds of outdoor relaxation and socializing. A dropdown glass and stainless steel sliding door are all there is between the cockpit and the saloon that, although a bit cramped for our liking, doesn’t skip out on any basics.
Entering the lounge, a fully-equipped galley kitchen sits to starboard and comes furnished with a hob, an extractor fan, an oven, and a refrigerator solving any cooking needs on any long journeys afloat.
The portside features an angled sofa, plus a sideboard that homes an extra refrigerator and hidden UHD TV. Further forward, the boat’s solo helm station comes equipped with a pair of seats and a slew of monitors and navigation paraphernalia.
Full-length side windows and an electric opening roof furnish the saloon with plenty of natural light while giving occupants a panoramic view of the sea.
A total of three cabins housing up to six guests are in the lower deck. The full-beam master stateroom comes fitted with a large double bed, a 40-inch flat-screen TV, plenty of storage compartments, and of course, an ensuite bathroom.
A forward cabin and a bunk cabin complete the list in the standard configuration, while the tender garage on the aft platform provides access to an optional crew cabin.
Engines and Performance
Buyers will expect the performance to be top-notch, and the Princess V55 doesn’t disappoint. A pair of Volvo D13 engines power the sport cruiser and offer a total of 2000mhp along with a top speed of 37 knots.
The V55’s deep-V hull design is worth a mention too. Made from lightweight resin-infused composite material, the new hull design not only gives the boat better agility but also makes it more efficient than many in its class.
While it’s by no means the most impressive yacht from the Plymouth-based yacht maker, the Princess V55 should be more than enough for those looking for a boat that ships with top-notch performance and considerable luxury but carries a more modest price tag.