Southern Boating

Princess 52 Fly

She’s a Grand Entertainer

The new Princess 52 Fly is a stunning motoryacht designed for entertaining a large group of people both at the dock and under way. And entertain she does. The party can be spread out across three distinct entertaining venues with abundant seating for accommodating a boatload of guests. Let’s fill our glasses and take a look.

The festivities begin on the main deck, where an aft cockpit that remains under the overhead protection of the extended flying bridge welcomes guests. Stairs to both sides of the hydraulic swim platform allow access to the cockpit, while a U-shaped seat surrounds an expandable table that still allows for plenty of room for guests to mill about.

Triple-wide opening glass doors blur the line between indoors and outdoors, and as we step inside we enter an aft galley. This design scheme is a first for Princess, and it’s a step in the right direction as far as we’re concerned. By having the galley right between two of the main deck’s entertainment spaces, the hosts—or caterers, as the case may be—are never out of reach of those needing another round of bacon-wrapped scallops or a refill on the wine. We measured over 23 square feet of usable counter space for food prep, and the sideboard to port adds even more space. That is a lot of buffet room, even on a much larger boat.

The galley also mimics the yacht’s rich dignified appearance with dark African Wenge wood decking, satin-finished walnut cabinetry and Aztec Brown Avonite counters, which look like granite but are much more durable.

Continuing forward the saloon deck is elevated just two steps up from the galley deck, which, of course, provides more head room in the stateroom below. Opposing Ultraleather couches create a warm, conversational atmosphere with stunning views through the massive windows. A large solid wood table is on a hi/low pedestal allowing conversion from a dinner table to a cocktail table, and it even supports an additional berth for those guests that don’t want to leave when the party’s over.

A third entertainment venue is the flying bridge itself. Princess set a goal of maximizing seating and clearly accomplished it, with huge J-shaped seating that wraps around a teak table. Forward is a U-shaped settee, and a filler cushion converts it into a sun lounge or a pair of chaise lounges. Ensuring that guests will not have to go far to keep the drinks filled, a top-loading cooler is just to the left of the helm. Just behind the helm is a galley with a sink, and this one includes the optional icemaker and electric grill. The optional hardtop not only adds to the stunning looks of the 52, but also makes the difference between our guests enjoying the day on the water and enduring it.