LVMH’s Princess Yachts launch new model at London’s Boat Show

by Katie on January 17, 2012

It’s a life few us us can imagine ever having and that’s the reason why The Boat Show at Excel Centre in London is so popular. I could never see the attraction myself, being a hard and fast landlubber and having a strict aversion to all flats including deck shoes, no matter the brand.

The place is filled with the juxtaposing mix of sheer in-your-face wealth and Next wearing, padded puffa jacket and anorak toting crowds of the envious proletatriat. It still seems distinctly odd that the typical 2.2 children family should choose to traipse along to take in such ostentatious shows of wealth especially if they’re not allowed on hallowed deck. It’s on a par with watching Tamara Ecclestone’s TV series (who coincidently officially opened The Boat Show) where she preens herself in the South of France and shows us around her new £45 million home in West London. Jaw dropping in its luxury wasteful shock factor.
So its with trepidation that I visited the Boat Show for the first time and it changed my mind, but then again, we were allowed to experience yachting luxury on board these flights of fancy. We we guests of British owned Princess Yachts, a branch of LVMH and a big name on the yachting circuit for the chic jet set yachts that are owned and sailed by the world’s billionaires. In aid of research (natch), I took in the 45ft, 85ft and 105ft yachts and their Fendi interiors and oh my, was it an eye opener. People do live like this – often with Russian or Arabian surnames.
The launch party was all that one would expect of a wealthy brand – over flowing Moet & Chandon, good looking people, lots of city suits and a palpable excitement at the Princess Yachts on show and the fact that they have just entered the superyacht sector with the launch of the first of their M class vessels. Unveiled at The London Boat Show, the Princess Yachts 32M is also the largest overall vessel to have been showcased inside London’s Excel exhibition halls. Fancy.
It’s size is astounding. A beautiful, sleek long range cruising yacht, with an authoritative style and engineered to the highest sea-going standards, her huge saloon features vast windows to each side and sliding doors leading out to a drop-down balcony to starboard which gives the entire main deck the benefit of a spectacular open vista.  
Offered with four or five guest cabins, the owner’s suite is located on the main deck benefiting from large windows providing excellent views on two sides and an equally impressive bathroom forward with spacious shower and separate whirlpool bath. Down below, a full-beam VIP suite is also truly imposing and there is an additional double guest cabin on the port side, with a roomy twin to starboard, reached via an impressive central lobby. 
The Princess 32M offers unprecedented scope for its cash rich owner to personalise and specify to their own zhooshy requirements. No doubt Michael Gove will take note with his promise of a new yacht for Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubillee. With impressive timing, Princess Yachts are planning the arrival of the 40M, a 130 foot tri-deck vessel and new flagship for the company. Now that would be a coup.

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yacht insurance January 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm

The London Boat Show is great for getting to see and feel how the rich and famous sale the seas in luxury. Yachts get bigger and better every year.

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