A real lifestyle boat, the Princess V48 has indoor and outdoor lounging areas, a big entertaining platform and an interior designed to sleep with two couples. And the drive – well, it’s just the way Princess do. Great!
‘ With the summer just in front of us we just tested this first owner and only 921 real hours! Princess V48.
The open cockpit lets you cruise for views in fair weather and foul, and change the ambience from dayboat to perfect cruiser. 48-footer has other big-boat features: a garage for the RIB, a radar arch, and a beautiful sunbed on the backside of the boat.
DRESS CIRCLE Coming aboard was no more difficult than stepping onto the full-width, teak-topped bathing platform and entering via the moulded stairs at the portboard side of the yacht. A hot and cold handheld shower, concealed swim ladder, shore power lead and the huge garage.
Press a button and the lid lifts to reveal the biggest garage I’ve ever seen on a 48 footer where you can store an almost 3m dinghy with jet to be launched to pick up the morning sandwiches.
A big sunpad graces the rear of the boat and there is second sunpad for the bow, where access is surprisingly good thanks to wide sidedecks, moulded toe rails, handy handrails and a bowrail that extends her length overall with almost one metre. The foredeck is flat to help with your footing, and the grabrails beside the sunpad are big enough to use for security at sea.
The core of this boat, its inner strength, is its wonderful, sheltered, sumptuous single-level cockpit. The eagle-eye windows leading to bigger views.
The all-important amenities centre is a long, white, moulded-fibreglass unit to Portside with great looks. It harbours a wetbar with sink and hot/cold water and where is packed a new fridge and a grill.
The master switches and battery isolators reside in a lockable hatch back in the cockpit. This way you can get going – post engine-room inspection – with a minimum of fuss. Further aft is a utility room with big Onan genset, batteries, freshwater pumps, air-con units and plumbing. No need to crawl through the engine room, or perhaps the garage, there is plenty of servicing room inside.
Viewings are welcome and highly recommended