What makes a classic? They are hard to define, but easy to recognise. From an E-Type Jag to a Dualit toaster, classic designs usually ooze effortless, timeless style, whilst functioning rather well too. But is it all down to simple, inspired design, or do elements like luck, the alignment of planets and short memories come into it?
Standing tall among its rivals, the Princess 52's aim is simple- to conquer all. Princess is the brand to beat, its V39 wowed the crowds at London Boat Show last year and went on to win big at the Motor Boat of the Year Awards. This year London witnessed the unveiling of the monstrously impressive Princess 52, and I snuck aboard the very first boat off the line for a test drive - Nick Burnham
Is this the best pound-for-pound sportscruiser in the word? How on earth have they managed it? That was the question on everyone’s lips when the sheet slipped off the stunning Princess V39 at the last London Boat Show. Princess’s design team unveiled a boat that is proportionally right on the money, it was a hardtop sportscruiser designed from the hull upwards to be exactly that – not an open boat with a roof slapped on top. It didn’t have piddling little engines, there were two good cabins and a very spacious heads and a cockpit with all the mod cons that you’d expect of a modern sportscruiser.