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The handling is beautifully smooth from lock to lock and gets the S65’s hips wiggling


is supplemented by a bench seat across the width of the windscreen and a walkway between both areas that allows easy movement from one deck to the other. Princess’s practical thinking shines through here – there are deep storage voids in both sides of the bench moulding that can hold nearly all of the boat’s fenders. Detailing is something Princess has had


sewn up for years but the S65 feels especially well conceived. Take a look at the exquisite handrail on the fl ybridge staircase that runs up either side of the steps and then loops round in a perfect arc to give you a grab-handle on the way down as well. On the fl ybridge the wet-bar has subtle carved grooves in the two-tone moulding to add a bit of visual impact and the hefty lid is perfectly smooth on both sides. There are leather-coated handholds throughout the saloon so cutely designed that they blend in with the furniture and subtle touches such as the backing plates for the ceiling-mounted LEDs mimic the shape of the hull windows. Tiny details, yes, but it’s this stuff that sets Princess apart.


PLENTIFUL POWER The fl ybridge, though clearly smaller than that of a traditional 65ft fl ybridge cruiser, makes the most of the available space by being well thought out and nicely fi nished. I’ve mentioned the wet-bar already but the wrap of seating aft curls around a sold teak table, mounted on a sturdy stainless steel base and the Silvertex upholstery in classy macadamia really looks and feels the business. The seating to port of the helm is clever


because it provides space for people to sit up with the helmsman and navigator when the boat is on the move but the reclined, aft-facing backrest means you can sunbathe here as well, though the stubby screens around the fl ybridge do mean you get quite a buffeting from the breeze. No doubt that breeze was made worse by the


fact we spent most of the day heading into it at 37 knots. You read that right; the S65 is nearly a 40-knot boat with the largest 1,400hp MAN motors. These are serious engines, less power plants more power stations, that wallop the S65 forward on great, heaving waves of torque. They take a fair few seconds to spool up but once they do it’s like that moment when a


roller coaster just creeps past the incline before rocketing off down the track. It’s unlikely that you are going to fancy


thumping along at 37 knots all day but with this performance on tap it makes a 30-knot cruise feel sedate and, thanks to Princess’s excellent soundproofi ng, fast cruising is very relaxed. There are two smaller engine options


including the smaller V8 1,200hp MANs and a 1,150hp per side option from Caterpillar. Neither option could be labelled sluggish with even the Cats capable of thrusting the S65 to a claimed 34 knots fl at out. The handling is a predictable balance


between engaging and secure, beautifully smooth from lock to lock and capable of getting the S65’s hips wiggling with minimum effort. The S range is supposed to have sporty intentions and that shines through in the S65’s poise and the way it changes direction. Helming from the fl ybridge or the lower


deck is a joy thanks to brilliant ergonomics and adjustability at either helm, especially regarding the wheel and throttles that you are in contact with most often. Both dashboards look great in a simple, classy sort of way, though the tacky plastic air vents at the lower helm look and feel out of place on a £2 million boat. I particularly like the layout of the upper


helm where the skipper sits centrally with a navigator’s seat to port but also enough space between the chairs to allow people to come and go without the helmsman having to shift out of the way. The oversized glove box on the port side of the dash is perfect for chucking screen protectors, sun cream and other bits in plus it’s chilled if you want to use it for drinks.


VERDICT Despite sportsbridges being a somewhat niche concept there is already some strong competition for the S65 to butt up against. Prestige was arguably the fi rst to bring this idea to the 60ft market with its clever 620S while Sunseeker has smartly fi ddled with its 68 Predator to create the 68 Sport Yacht. So there is more choice in this market than you might imagine though, in truth, the S65 is probably the most rounded of the bunch. The Prestige is quite an old boat now and though it manages to pull off the trick of both


Master ensuite runs across the beam of the cabin; it’s utterly fabulous


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