It’s hard to characterize the wondrous , full-throttle excitement I felt while driving the new Princess V72, christened Just Perfect, at top speed across Long Island Sound during a recent sea trial. There is just a certain sporty appeal to jumping into a multi-adjustable leather Besenzoni helm chair, giving the horizon a brief scan, and then juicing a couple of big 1,622-horsepower Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesels up to a thundering wide-open velocity of 39 knots!
“The sense of power’s a mindblower,” I remarked to the 72’s owner, Robert Moss, a big grin on his face. “Mind if I see how she corners?”
Moss’s grin widened in the affirmative. I swung the 72 into an excitingly banked hardover turn, eventually carving a broad foamy circle in the Sound’s dark, nearly flat expanse. The boat kept her nose up throughout, evincing no prop blowout or excessive rumble at all. And when I straightened her out, she beelined it for the Connecticut shore so unswervingly that course corrections via the wheel were unnecessary for one and sometimes two minutes at a time!
Dockside-maneuvering capabilities were equally impressive. While I idled the 72 through Huntington Harbor at the sea trial’s end, Moss suggested I get a feel for her ZF joystick control system in open water but then actually dock the boat using the time-honored gears-only method.
Ever the proud owner, Moss gave me a guided tour of his 72 shortly after I’d shut her down. In the engine room, I noted duplex Separ fuel-water separators for the mains as well as the 22.5-kW Onan genset; safety-boosting, tightly-sealed battery boxes with hosed vents; and the comprehensive identification of virtually all components with blue plastic labels.
Construction highlights included a radically stout all-vinylester-resin-infused build regime; massive 3-inch-thick web frames strengthening a racy deep-V hull form; equally stout closed-cell-foam-cored stringers; and massive cleats and other deck hardware.
And finally, accommodations included an extraordinarily spacious interior. Three staterooms encircle a galley-down in a straighforward layout. The master is full-beam, with a settee to starboard and a desk to port, and two hanging lockers in a dressing area. A large guest stateroom in the bow has a double berth and stowage beneath, while a starboard guest stateroom opposite the galley to port has twin berths and a hanging locker. All accommodations are en suite.
A full cockpit galley promises a delightful alfresco ambiance for onboard entertaining and dining, shaded from the sun by the hardtop overhang—don’t worry, though, large sunpads will accommodate sun-worshiping guests.
: 92,593 lb.
Electric sun awning, teak side decks; underwater lights; walnut interior; variable-speed thrusters (bow and stern); quartz-tone leather upholstery; Sea Recovery 1400-2 Aqua Matic watermaker.
Air temperature: 80ºF; humidity 80%; seas: calm; load: full fuel, 140 gal. water, 3 persons, 800 lb. gear. Speeds are two-way averages measured w/ Furuno GPS. GPH estimates taken via Caterpillar display. Range is 90% of advertised fuel capacity. Sound levels measured at the helm. 65 dB(A) is the level of normal conversation. Speed and fuel-burn data provided by manufacturer but verified onboard by Power & Motoryacht.