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She swept majestically into Jersey last weekend, turning more than a few heads as she did, and was formally hand- ed over to her owner by Chris Cleverly and Nigel James of Princess Motor Yacht Sales together with Chris Gates, Managing Director of Princess Yachts International. After a brief stop, this magnificent new yacht set sail again, mak- ing light work of some large seas across the Bay of Biscay as she went.


Making quite a splash and combining an impressive gross tonnage, with a sleek and purposeful profile, the 40M will offer six-star accommodation for up to 12 guests, with well-appointed cabins for up to eight crew and the largest internal volume in her class. Everything about this stun- ning yacht is measured in superlatives, from its luxurious staterooms to the voluminous garage in the stern, which has space not just for large tender, but for two personal watercraft as well.


Within the elegant parameters of the 40M’s hull and su- perstructure, owners of course have carte blanche to cre- ate the yacht of their dreams – no two will ever be alike. There is an impressive variety of layout options to choose from either four or five guest cabins on the lower deck, for example and you can choose to have a cinema instead of one of the amidships cabins down below, and a gym in place of the other one.


The focal point of the yacht will undoubtedly be the magnificent main deck with a beautifully appointed saloon and formal dining area surrounded by vast windows and


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hydraulically folding balconies on both sides of the sa- loon which are fitted as standard. Forward of the main deck is the owner's suite, occupying the full beam of the hull as the side decks are raised at this point. The suite is accessed through a versatile ante-room which can be specified as an office, private TV room, a reading room or to suit the owner’s personal requirements. Forward, an opulent single or matching pair of bathrooms is accessed off the dressing area which also features two substantial walk-in wardrobes.


On the third deck there is an elegant ‘sky lounge’ and an additional exterior dining area for private drinks and din- ners and a curved stairway leads up to the palatial Sun Deck complete with extensive bar, seating, sunbathing and an huge spa tub.


The enormous professional galley was designed to the exacting brief of a professional chef and is impressively equipped with two catering-size fridge-freezers, a hot and cold chef’s pass and a huge pantry. To ensure everything is served swiftly and easily there is even a dumb-waiter which runs from the main deck to both the upper deck and Sun Deck above.


“It’s safe to say that this is the most demanding project we’ve ever worked on!” smiles Princess Director of Cre- ative Design, Sarah Verey. “The first 40M has occupied a huge proportion of the team for well over a year so far – and of course we’ve already produced layouts for the second one.”


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