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Brief Summary

Despite the oft-lamented world financial crisis, Princess Yachts International of Plymouth, England, is building and selling yachts like gangbusters. Their latest model is the four-stateroom (five, if you count crew's quarters) 72 Motor Yacht, 73' 4" (22.35 m) LOA of luxury in the typical Princess style. But while most folks will focus on the sybaritic saloon and flying bridge and the regal accommodations, we were most impressed by something we discovered on deck.

Key Features


Length Overall 74' 1''
22.58 m
Beam 18' 0''
5.49 m
Dry Weight 99,207 lbs.
45,000 kg
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 5' 6''
1.68 m
- Draft Up N/A
- Draft Down N/A
- Air Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A
Weight Capacity N/A
Person Capacity N/A
Fuel Capacity 1,321 gal.
5,000 L
Water Capacity 355 gal.
1,341 L
Length on Trailer N/A
Height on Trailer N/A
Trailer Weight N/A
Total Weight
(Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Std. Power Not Available
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power 2 x MTU 10v 2000 M93
2 x Caterpillar C32 Acert
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Captain's Report

Princess 72 Motor Yacht
The 72 MY's flying bridge is equipped with a wet bar, refrigerator and grill. There's room for a RIB aft, with a Marquipt davit for handling it; if you prefer, replace both with another lounge. On the foredeck you'll find a sunpad and cozy lounge – but what's with the unusual cabin up there?

An Interesting Deck Structure

We usually begin our Captain's Reports with a general overview of the yacht, then segue into specifics. But this time, something completely different: We found a feature aboard the Princess 72 Motor Yacht that tells us plenty about the philosophy and experience of the folks who designed and built her, about their common-sense approach to the nuts and bolts of operating a vessel like this. Many folks might not notice it – this feature looks like a garden-variety cabin trunk – but when they have their hands full of bulky fenders and docklines they'll appreciate it.

Princess 72 Motor Yacht
An athwartships passageway allows access to a forward-facing settee and the sunpad, but there are also voluminous lockers for lines, fenders, a teak table and other necessities of on-board life.

On the 72 MY's foredeck there's a sunpad, as we'd expect, and a forward-facing settee for two. Reaching either of these is facilitated by an athwartships passageway cut into what looks like the cabin trunk. Our first thought was, How did Princess hide this in the accommodations below? But a spokesman for Viking Sport Cruisers, the U.S. importer of Princess Yachts, said, "There is so much freeboard on the 72 that the staterooms do not rely on the forward superstructure for headroom, but rather you have enough headroom at the deck level." The "cabin" we see forward is really a deck locker for dedicated stowage of the standard teak table and its pedestals. Aside from table storage, there's room for all your cleaning supplies, sunpad cushions, docklines – you name it. Lockers on either side of the settee will hold fenders, more docklines and so forth; there's stowage under the settee, too.

Princess 72 Motor Yacht
The deck arrangement doesn't cause a problem with headroom in the VIP guest cabin forward; the hatch over the bunk is actually about 2' higher than the surrounding headliner. We like the gooseneck reading lights over the berth.

So what's the big deal about deck lockers? When you get into a yacht this size, the fenders are large and bulky; the docklines are long and heavy. Stowing both can be a problem: Where do you stash three- or four-foot-long fenders? Some yachtbuilders force you to use stainless deck racks, but then the fenders get covered with salt and act like sandpaper when you drop them between hull and quay. Lockers let the crew stow them away from the spray, but near at hand when needed.

Princess 72 Motor Yacht
The 72 MY's deck layout isn't just about stowage: There's ample living space on the flying bridge, with its teak decks (standard on U.S. boats), a large U-lounge and table and alfresco galley with a Lava electric grill, refrigerator and wet bar. The helm station has side-by-side seating. We like stowing the tender up here, leaving the aft platform unencumbered.

This may not seem like a big deal, and maybe not worthy of mention when the 72 MY has so many other features, but it tells us that the creative brains at Princess have actually gone to sea – they've faced the same annoyances you and your crew will face in the day-to-day running of a yacht, and have devised solutions. Anyone can lay a shiny coat of varnish on joinerwork and call it "yacht quality," even if the wood is cheap and the craftsmanship shoddy, but we think builders who address themselves to mundane problems like fender stowage will acquit themselves equally well when it comes to the bigger things that annoy so many yacht buyers. (Maybe that's why Princess is selling boats all over the world while many other builders are crying about the recession.)

Princess 72 Motor Yacht
Lots of windows and shiny white surfaces keep the saloon bright. There are two socializing areas: Aft, near the camera, and in the dinette, forward to port. We suspect the dinette will get more use, since it's near both the helm and the galley (behind the translucent screen to starboard). There is a bar here with an icemaker, refrigerator and dedicated wine refrigerator, too.

The Main Deck

Princess typically places the galley on the main deck, along with the dinette, which makes serving food easier on the cook. Since many yachts this size sail without a full-time cook, it also keeps the galley crew in touch with other folks socializing in the saloon, and saves room below for another cabin.

Princess 72 Motor Yacht
Here's a classic Princess layout: Dinette opposite the helm and galley, so folks can kibitz with the skipper underway, and the cook isn't relegated belowdecks while the party's in the saloon. Serious conversations can take place aft, where there are comfortable lounges and easy access to the aft deck.
Princess 72 Motor Yacht
The primary steering station is the lower helm, in the European tradition. American buyers used to piloting from the flying bridge will find that station adequate, but not as complete as this one. Viking Sport Cruisers installs two Furuno radar/chartplotters as standard here; a third is optional on the flying bridge. A Simrad VHF and Raymarine autopilot are standard, with a Furuno upgrade available. Windshield defoggers are also standard. We like the ship-style watertight door providing direct access to the sidedecks for the skipper.
Princess 72 Motor Yacht
The galley is all electric, with range and oven; a 27.5-kW genset will provide more juice than most folks need. The angled countertop can serve as a cocktail bar.
Princess 72 Motor Yacht
The Princess 72 MY sleeps eight, or 10 if you use the crew's quarters for guests, and they can all sit in the saloon at the same time, thanks to large, plush lounges like this one.


Princess 72 Motor Yacht
With a selection of four single- and double-berthed staterooms (five if you count crew's quarters aft, a great place for kids), the 72 MY provides enough choice of sleeping arrangements for any party. The midships master cabin is full-beam, with a sumptuous head en suite.

The Princess 72 MY accommodates up to eight guests comfortably, with an additional crew's quarter aft that many buyers will use for guests; it will be especially attractive to kids who want to get free of the adults for a while. The master and VIP cabin each have en suite heads, while the third and fourth cabins share a head.

Princess 72 Motor Yacht
The full-beam master suite is large and open, thanks to four hullside windows port and starboard. There's a desk for ship's business, a settee near the camera position, and a walk-in wardrobe.
Princess 72 Motor Yacht
The master head has twin sinks and separate stall shower. We like the wood soles and the windows in the shower. Don't ask us to keep the enclosure as clean as it is in this picture.


Finally, what does it cost? Viking Sport Cruisers, the U.S. importer of Princess Yachts, showed a 72 MY at the recent Miami Boat Show. With standard power, twin 1,625-hp Caterpillar C32 ACERTS in the U.S. (other engines are available elsewhere), list price for the fully equipped yacht was around $4.5 milliion, which included an optional hardtop. Our VSC contact said this is a "comfortable ball-park figure" for the yacht. This was the first 72 MY imported by VSC, arrived in the U.S. just a few days before the Miami Boat Show opened, and was sold by the time the show closed."This model has been very popular for Princess and a bit hard to come by," he added. "We can deliver a boat to someone in late 2011/early 2012, as our next available boat is scheduled for the Miami show in 2012." Do we recommend adding the Princess 72 Motor Yacht to your list of boats to check out? Need you ask? We like Princess yachts, how they're conceived, designed and built, and we like that, in the U.S. anyway, they're supported by Viking Sport Cruisers, a company with a wide network of service facilities on both coasts. We are confident in recommending the Princess 72 MY, even though it's at the top of the range pricewise. But you get what you pay for, and in this case we think you get a lot.

Standard and Optional Features

Marine Electronics

Autopilot Standard
GPS/Chart Standard
VHF Radio Standard


Air Cond./Heat Standard
Head: Fixed Standard
Shore Power Standard
Trim Tabs Standard
TV/DVD Standard


Icemaker Standard
Refrigerator Standard

Exterior Features

Transom Door Standard
Transom Shower Standard
Wet bar Standard

Boats More Than 30 Feet

Bow Thruster Standard
Generator Standard
Washer/Dryer Standard


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