16 July 2020
Princess Yachts officially launched their exciting new X95 to the world via the Facebook Live platform in late July. Designed with an ‘open concept’ in mind, the X95 is the first model in the marque’s new X Class, elegantly fusing architectural innovation with familiar Princess characteristics such as quality craftsmanship and materials, stunning interior design, and innovative technology.
Challenged with setting a new standard of layout excellence – which is defined by large, adaptable spaces that can be used and formatted in numerous ways – it offers the owner and guests a uniquely flexible boating lifestyle.
Spatial layout is instantly class-leading, highly practical and user friendly, while the interior design allows the owner to define each journey around their guests’ preferences – comfortable and relaxing, a high level of privacy, or entertaining and hosting, for example.
Characterised by beautifully sculpted surfaces, with long, flowing lines that extend from bow to stern, the X95 is a new explorer superyacht that still maintains the classic Princess design cues.
Antony Sheriff, Executive Chairman, Princess Yachts said: “The X95 is another bold new concept for Princess Yachts. Born from our aggressive investment strategy in new technology and world-class design, the X Class creates an entirely new segment and represents another significant step in our new product program.
“We continue to push the boundaries of yacht design and build a brand leadership position in the luxury yacht market.”
At its core is a unique concept for the flybridge and main deck interior space, both of which cover almost the full length of the yacht, creating the Super Flybridge – the X Class’s defining characteristic.
The layout provides 10 percent more outdoor space and 40 percent more indoor space than a traditional motor yacht.
This leap forward in space and versatility mirrors recent innovations from luxury automotive brands who have developed crossover models.
Creating this class-defining yacht out of Princess’s design brief was the work of their longstanding naval architect Bernard Olesinski, in partnership with legendary Italian design house Pininfarina SpA.
Having delivered the styling for the revolutionary R35, Pininfarina worked in collaboration with Olesinski to craft a statement yacht focused on adventure – the ultimate in contemporary yet highly functional yacht architecture.
On the online boat tour provided by Princess Yachts, boarding the boat is via the large teak-laid transom deck platform at the stern, which leads to a pair of distinctive stairways that go up to a huge cockpit and through an entrance to the main deck saloon.
The lengthening of the main deck to the bow of the boat has created enormous space, extending to almost 18 metres.
This large, open space, which is flooded with light by full-height port and starboard glazing, can be configured in a traditional fashion with an impressive sofa and coffee table area complete with servery unit, integrated drinks refrigerator and icemaker, a private galley and a unique master cabin with 270-degree, panoramic windows in tinted and toughened glass.
A customer could also choose to configure the X95 with entertainment as a focus, replacing the stateroom with a cinema lounge. Alternatively, the X95 will also offer a more informal layout, with a large open space that encompasses a generous saloon area, a full-width, open-plan chef’s kitchen with a large centre island and breakfast bar, and a connected dining or recreation area with 270-degree views to port, starboard and the bow.
Walk up the internal staircase to the flybridge from the deck saloon and you will find the fully enclosed and climate-controlled Sky Lounge, which also houses the pilothouse. Behind the Sky Lounge is an enormous rear flybridge area with a covered dining zone for eight and a large, flexible space for freestanding lounge furniture.
There is also massive forward flybridge with a U-shaped seating area and a sunbathing area or spa further toward the bow. In total, these spaces stretch almost 22 metres.
Andy Lawrence, Head of Design, Princess Yachts, said: “The X95 takes spatial architecture on a yacht to a new level. With a large cockpit, rear flybridge, forward flybridge and foredeck areas, owners will have four large and unique outdoor environments on an X95.
“Combined with the spacious and flexible main deck space and the unique Sky Lounge, the X95 has a range of living spaces – indoor and outdoor – that dwarfs those of any other boat of its size.”
On board, the standard guest accommodation for up to eight can be found on the lower deck, comprising a full-beam master stateroom amidships, two twin guest cabins and a double VIP suite forward.
However, the first X95 incorporates a five-cabin arrangement with a full-beam main deck master suite, plus a non-standard lower deck layout including aft VIP stateroom with adjoining gym room, complete with a treadmill and TRX training area.
Other non-standard features on this X95 include the custom exterior paint scheme in Princess midnight blue and inside, a custom saloon layout including family-style dining table. She also hosts a drop-down projector unit with large canvas cinema screen on the aft flybridge.
There is also a bespoke crew accommodation layout to house up to five crew members on board.
Powered by two MAN V12 engines, the X95 has a maximum speed range of 24–26 knots.
With a fuel capacity of 13,400 litres, the X95 has been created with far-reaching adventurous voyages in mind.
Whether on short hops or long crossings, the X95 provides the ultimate in onboard entertainment. The X95’s unique sundeck features a Naim Uniti Atom audio system with waterproof speakers, while its innovative Sky Lounge houses a 4K UHD TV and a DVD Blu-ray system with Naim audio system. For an optimum viewing experience, light levels are controlled by electric blinds on all side-glazing.
Paul Mackenzie, Chief Technical Officer, Princess Yachts, said: “The X95 is designed for those who enjoy exploring further afield and spending time on board at sea. Recognising this, we’ve installed the latest onboard entertainment, technology and powertrain to make the X95 the ultimate go-anywhere, all-ability yacht.”
The X Class creates an entirely new segment for the yard and represents a significant step in Princess’ new product program.