One of the most unusual exhibits at boot Düsseldorf 2020 is located at the Princess Yachts stand, or rather below it. The British shipyard brought here a full-size mock-up of part of the main deck of the new Princess X95 – a model that revolutionizes from hull contours to layout. Its world premiere will take place in September at the Cannes Yachting Festival, and in Dusseldorf, potential customers and everyone interested could appreciate its space, layout and their feelings on board. Or, wearing 3D glasses, take a virtual tour of the yacht. We inquired in detail about the new product from Simon Colebrook, one of the most experienced sales managers at Princess Yachts.
Princess Yachts has been successfully building superyachts for a long time: the M ‑ Class series with models up to 40 m is well known. Why develop another, almost 30-meter, model and form a new line? If you compare the X95 and the X-Series concept in general (soon to be developed) with the M-Class yachts, you can see a lot of differences. In fact, this is a new generation of large Princess yachts, with a new architecture, new hull and original interiors, maximized living space and better ergonomics.
The X95’s exterior is not typical of a Princess, although it is certainly modern. Its “feature”, in addition to interesting lines, was the so-called super flybridge – a deck that is almost twice as long as a regular flybridge, with a closed upper saloon (sky lounge) with a helm station (it can be isolated by sliding doors); its open space goes to the stern and to the bow. Another highlight is the closed part of the bow deck, where you descend from the foredeck; in such a “secret” area, you can, for example, have breakfast at the anchorage. All this beauty was invented by the design bureau Pininfarina, with which Princess began to cooperate relatively recently. Simon Kohlbrook believes that Italians have no equal in industrial design for moving objects.
X-Class – a new generation of large Princess Yachts models
As for the hull, it received completely new contours: the development went from scratch. In addition to computer simulation of fluid dynamics, Princess Yachts has invested heavily and spent a lot of time testing in the Southampton Experimental Basin. Moreover, these were not just towing tests, but tests of a self-propelled scale model to determine the dynamic characteristics of the hull. The theme was curated by Bernard Olesinski, who has been drawing the outlines of Princess yachts for several decades.
The bow of the X95 has received a wave piercing bulb, which should facilitate shock-free passage of waves. It is expected that the drag of such a hull will be reduced by 15% (compared to conventional contours), and with two MAN V12-1900 diesel engines the ship’s speed will reach 24-26 knots. The estimated cruising range at 10 knots should exceed 2000 miles: the volume of fuel tanks has been significantly increased (13.4 tons). Actually, this is the concept of the X-Class: a beautiful yacht that allows you to make really long journeys, on board which people spend a lot of time in cozy interiors.
Dossier Princess X95
Draft / Displacement:
2.03 m / 104 t
Water / fuel supply:
13.4 t / 1805 l
Motors / generators:
1900 hp / 2 × 40 kW
4 + 2 (crew)