30 March 2023
Hot on the heels of the world premiere of the Princess S72 sportbridge yacht at Boot Dusseldorf in January, British builder Princess Yachts has unveiled details of the new flagship of its S Class sportbridge range.
The stunning new model is the 25.43-metre S80, drawn by Princess’s in-house Design Studio in collaboration with naval architects Olesinski and renowned Italian design house Pininfarina.
The result is spectacular, with the low profile sportbridge lines flowing in perfect harmony with the sweeping design language of the latest generation of Princess yachts. The S80 has been carefully thought through, too, with all outdoor areas offering configurable seating for flexibility, and with interior options that will suit both owner-operators or those who wish to run their S80 with a crew of up to three.
The design is an evolution of the S72, with full-length windows flowing along the main deck and extending either side of the cockpit to offer shelter from the sun. High bulwarks complete with oval stainless-steel rails, vast teak laid deck, and tailored natural materials define the flagship status of this new S Class model, blending luxurious and contemporary finishes in perfect harmony.
The S80 is immediately recognisable from her distinctive central cockpit access, and the cockpit and transom have been designed for on-water activities.
A garage to port can take a Williams SportJet 435, and there’s also an electro-hydraulic bathing platform.
The cockpit provides a large functional area in which to spend time with loved ones. Twin sunpads (the largest ever seen on an S Class yacht) border the central access steps, while the configurable cockpit seating area with twin coffee tables is the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner.
Moving forward, a teak dining table seats up to eight, positioned next to the galley bar creating the perfect area to serve drinks. Sliding doors and a large opening window above the galley bar connect exterior with interior to create a natural flow through the main deck. The galley is fully equipped with Miele appliances and a Sub-Zero full height fridge-freezer. A secondary breakfast bar unit provides a casual dining arrangement.
In the saloon, a spacious C-shaped lounge sits opposite a portside seating area while the helm – which can be specified open plan with the saloon for owner-operators or closed off for crewed versions – offers access to all instrumentation and controls, including a Böning vessel monitoring system. A pantograph door gives the skipper direct access from the starboard side deck through to the foredeck.
Above, an optional sliding roof spans the width of the main deck, allowing the sea breeze to flow through the cabin. The foredeck continues to adapt to owners’ lifestyles with two U-shaped seating areas plus a sunpad conversion.
“The concept of the Princess S80 focusses on an uncompromising main deck sociable living space close to the water with three distinct spaces, sunbathing, lounging and dining, usable simultaneously without conversions,” says Andy Lawrence, Director of Design at Princess Yachts.
“The design of the elongated sleek canopy shades the forward two-thirds of this area with an optional awning taking care of the remaining third.
“The saloon glazing extends far back into the cockpit, cocooning the forward dining area to create shelter from the wind without obstructing your view.”
“The Princess S80 is a Princess above all else with a distinct S Class personality defined by its S hull graphic, strong graphical canopy features and powerful bulwark haunches.
“We have designed the S80 to sit proudly as the flagship of the S class range.”
The 28.7-square-metre sportbridge is an impressive outdoor living space with multiple seating areas and wetbar with barbecue and generous refrigeration. A converting dining table and an outdoor TV on rise-and-fall mechanism are also available to suit every occasion.
Below, the S80 offers four ensuite, air-conditioned cabins complete with opening portholes for natural ventilation. The full-beam master stateroom invites with soft organic furnishings, complemented by accents and finishes of natural timber. Soft lighting features accentuate the curved forms of the hand-crafted furniture to create a contemporary but calming environment for owners.
The aft lazarette and two-berth crew cabin with bathroom are situated aft of the machinery space, with various layout options including an additional crew mess area, optional third crew bunk or separate laundry centre. A watertight door from the bathing platform gives direct access to this area.
Power for the S80 comes from MAN V12 1900 or 2000 hp engines that deliver speeds up to 34 knots, and there’s the option of an additional 7,000-litre fuel tank for an extended cruising range.
The S80 is optimised for greater efficiency using conventional straight shafts and propellers delivering easy close-quarters manoeuvring and sure-footed thoroughbred performance. Both vector fin and gyro stabilisation options are available for greater control in challenging sea conditions.