07 October 2020
Designed with an ‘open concept’ layout, the X 80 is the second model in Princess Yachts’ new X Class. The X 80 is defined by large, adaptable spaces that can be used and formatted in a variety of ways, offering the owner flexibility in configuration.
Customers have the option of a large informal dining area on the main deck or alternatively the option of a dining area in the Sky Lounge.
Antony Sheriff, Executive Chairman, Princess Yachts, said: “The immediate success of the X 95 demonstrates that we have a successful formula on our hands, the X Class really does represent a mould-breaking design and architectural direction for Princess Yachts.
“We have now translated the X 95’s unique formula to a smaller package and we are immensely proud of the X 80, a striking new addition to our range.
Princess’s leading British craftsmanship is yet again obvious in the X 80 and she clearly shows that we continue to push the boundaries of yacht design for everyone on board, successfully offering the best standard of life on board for any yacht her size.”
Princess Yachts has collaborated with with Olesinski and Pininfarina for the design of the X 80.
Expansive glazing along the entire length of the main deck brings the outside in, described by the yard as “creating a sense of being at one with the ocean”, while the carefully sculpted surfaces, with long flowing lines that extend from bow to stern, maintain the classic Princess design cues.
Forward raked screens propel the yacht forward while the stylish ‘S’ shaped canopy, featured on many of Princess Yachts’ larger vessels, connects the flybridge to the Sky Lounge.
Flowing forms are sculpted throughout all three decks accompanied by advanced scene lighting selections and elegant furniture which showcase the capabilities of Princess’s craftsmanship.
Andy Lawrence, Director of Design, Princess Yachts, said: “The challenge posed after the success of the X 95 was simply this: how can we offer the space of the X 95 in a smaller form? The key to this boat is its functionality.
“Each space had to be perfectly designed to maximise the owner’s enjoyment of it, making the X 80 ’s design less predictable than other boats of its size.
Stature and gravitas are defined by the increased height of bulwarks, topsides and an enclosed wheelhouse whilst maximised glazing and flexible entertaining areas provide owners with multiple unique environments on- board.”
The X 80’s pilot house can be fully enclosed with sliding doors and features a leather upholstered electric seat with the option for a companion navigator seat. The helm incorporates a fully integrated Böning system to control and monitor various engine and electrical systems, whilst a CCTV to view the aft cockpit and engine room allows the Captain to ensure safety is the priority on- board.
The Sky Lounge includes an entertainment system with audiophile quality Naim audio system, which is also fitted in the saloon and master stateroom as standard.
The Sky Lounge layout is available with a large sofa opposite a hand-crafted sideboard with hidden television unit or as an optional informal dining area to seat eight. The Sky Lounge opens onto the aft flybridge with a large square informal dining area for eight, with wet bar opposite. Two L-shaped seats, situated aft, offer greater configurability for social occasions in addition to the flexibility of an optional sun pad.
Journey forward through the starboard pantograph door of the Sky Lounge and there is a large double sun pad area with the option to electronically convert the sun pad into two sofas facing port and starboard for relaxed al-fresco gatherings.
Upon entering the main deck saloon, you can see right through to the forward-facing window, offering an impressively large open space bathed in light. The saloon is configured in a traditional fashion with two large sofas and Princess Design Studio coffee table, day head to port and well-equipped galley positioned opposite.
The standard main deck layout offers flexibility and can be formalised to the owner’s wishes thanks to sliding doors to the galley, pantograph door to the side deck, and an elegant electronic divider over the bar that transforms the galley from open and sociable to fully enclosed.
Travel forward through the saloon to the dining area which offers 270 degrees panoramic toughened glass windows and an additional full-length glass window on the port side to allow guests to be enveloped by the surrounding scenery (also available with an optional door to the side deck).
The dining arrangement includes both dinette seating and dining chairs, to accommodate eight guests, with an additional stone topped sideboard unit with crockery, glassware and general storage to starboard.
Alternatively, the forward dining area can be replaced with a luxurious main deck master stateroom featuring an impressive panoramic forward window and floor to ceiling window to port.
Below deck, up to 8 guests are accommodated across four en-suite cabins, a full-beam master stateroom located amidships, a forward guest stateroom, a double guest to starboard and a twin cabin, available with sliding berths, to port.
There is an aft-mounted, teak hydraulic swim platform at the stern that allows guests to cool off and enjoy watersports.
A pair of stairways with transom gates lead back up to the main deck cockpit featuring a large upholstered U-shaped seating area with folding dining table and wetbar.
The X 80’s capabilities for adventure provides the opportunity to explore cruising grounds further afield with the option of a long range 8,800-litre tank. Comfortable, quiet cruising is achieved with a sound-insulated engine room and optimised engine mounts to reduce vibration.
The X 80 is powered with twin MAN V 12 engines, providing a maximum speed range of 29-31 knots .
Princess’ deep-V hull design ensures high levels of seakeeping and predictable handling. Comfort is achieved when stationary and underway thanks to the optional addition of gyro stabilisation.