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BOAT REPORT


The cockpit layout feels like a sportscruiser with its tender garage, sunpad and dinette


The immaculately appointed bathroom spans nearly the entire beam of the boat


Interior design is refreshingly light and modern but with plenty of classy detailing


that it was designed from the ground up to be a standalone sportsbridge, whereas the S72 was based on a modifi ed version of the V72 sportscruiser. This has done wonders for the layout of the


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S65 because Princess has started with a clean slate. Where the S72 has a more traditional and slightly outdated galley-down layout, the S65’s galley is up on the main deck straddling the border between the saloon and the cockpit. Mix in sliding doors that nestle to starboard beneath the fl ybridge stairs and an electric fl ip-up pane of glass to port, and you have a set-up that ensures the galley can serve those on deck just as easily as those in the saloon. With the aft window raised, there’s a perfect


inside/outside bar for lining up drinks and food for guests in the cockpit, while the galley, complete with a domestic fridge-freezer, is conveniently located opposite the dinette. This means that amidships you have plenty of space for the main internal lounging area, comprising a U-shaped seating area centred around a coffee table and a low-lying sideboard opposite that plays host to the hi-lo fl atscreen television. The seating is bang in line with the largest sections of the impressive saloon’s glazing, meaning that even if you are trapped indoors you can still enjoy the view. And then we get to the really clever part of


the sportsbridge design – over the forward section of the saloon, above the lower helm, is an electric sunroof bolstered by three large panes of glass. Even when it’s closed the glass brings the outside in, but when it’s open it transforms the saloon and means you can still be in touch with the elements if it’s too cold to be up on the top deck. An added benefi t of the galley being on the


main deck is more space for the cabins. A four- cabin layout is standard but there is some fl exibility with the bunk bed cabin, which can be made into a small offi ce or storage space with a Pullman berth.


fter the success of the S72, it was inevitable that Princess would soon have a smaller sportsbridge in the offi ng. The only unexpected thing about the S65 is


The master cabin is sensational and although the new ‘knife’ window design means swapping the dramatic square hull windows that Princess has been using of late for a slightly smaller trapezoidal shape, the amount of light they let in and the views out are still very impressive. This cabin is situated low down in the S65’s hull so lying in bed you are truly at water level; what a place to wake up! Up until now the yard has only been able to


install the ensuite bathroom aft of the cabin in yachts of 70ft and over, but the S65 breaks that barrier. Not only does this feel very grown up but it means the immaculately appointed bathroom spans nearly the entire beam of the boat and adds extra insulation between the cabin and machinery space. The new window design works wonders


in the VIP cabin where the blade of the ‘knife’ lines up with the bed to make the space as bright as possible given that, thanks to the seating on the foredeck, this cabin has no skylight. The guest cabin has the option of powered


sliding berths (for £2,000 extra) so you can quickly transform it from a twin to a double and it’s well worth having if you are going to be hosting different sets of guests regularly. The VIP has more simple scissor-action berths but, again, these just add to the versatility, as does the fact that every cabin except for the bunks gets its own ensuite bathroom.


BEST OF BOTH WORLDS On deck the hybrid sportscruiser/fl ybridge layout means that, at the stern at least, things all feel very much like the former. The obligatory stern sunpad sits atop a tender garage large enough for a Williams 325, leaving the optional hydraulic bathing platform free for a PWC or for setting up a table and a chairs once you’ve dropped anchor. Three shallow steps lead up to the cockpit


past access to the optional (and very snug) single crew cabin. This is really aimed at the fl edgling Asian market, as most S65s will be owner-operated and are likely to have a large storage void in this area to match the one on the port side in lieu of a central lazarette beneath the cockpit. The foredeck is put to good use on the S65 where the raised sunpad with fl ip-up backrests


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