2008 Princess V70

Great example of this popular sport model Princess yacht!
Powered by twin upgraded MTU 1500 Diesel engines with a top speed of 43 knots, twin tender garage with Williams Tender/Jet Ski, water maker, hydraulic platform, new teak decking,remote docking and Williams jet tender.

Huge entertaining areas with U shape saloon dinette and L-shaped lounge opposite with BBQ, Icemaker and bar fridge, twin full-length sun lounges complimented by aft electric sun awning located above the dual tender garage for all the toys. Full teak decks throughout were replaced in 2013 along with upgraded stainless ULTRA anchor.

A luxurious salon with an electrically operated dining/coffee table and large hydraulic sunroof. Four navigation helm chairs face forward with entrance to the commercial galley below. The vessel is fitted with a three-stateroom layout, including a full-beam master with natural lighting from the striking 8 vertical windows.

VIP cabin forward and twin guests - all ensuite. There is also a twin berth crew cabin aft with a separate head. This vessel is in exceptionally good condition.

Princess V70

The five-star Princess V70 is verging on superyacht status but is not so big that it cannot be handled by an owner/driver.

Life begins at 70

It used to be that life began at 40, but now 70 has become the mark of the (pen) ultimate private luxury liner. Nipping at the keels of the superyacht fleet, the 70-footer class provides a level of comfort and cache of conveniences that surpasses what you will find on lesser production craft. And whereas an off-the-shelf 40-footer flies under the wow-factor radar these days, a 70-footer commands attention. And not just from us dreamers either, but well-heeled adherents to the pleasure-boating principle with the wherewithal to take the reins.

Naturally, owners are given top billing aboard a yacht - the de rigueur name given to these boats in the Northern Hemisphere - in the 70-footer class. Rather than eat on your lap, you get to break bread in high style at a dedicated dining table; instead of a mere cabin below decks you get an opulent full-beam stateroom; in place of a head there's an en suite with things like marble vanity and perhaps a multijet vichy-type shower; and with a desalinator, water simply isn't an issue. Shower all day long. Run the washing machine. Put a load through the Miele washer/dryer.

Of course, a yacht with such a spread of accoutrements needs powerful engines to pin its ears back. You'll find more than 2000 horsepower propelling the latest 70-footers. Drop the throttles and you can slingshot to far-away places in the blink of a not-so watery eye. The helm stations are enclosed, you see, though there's bound to be an electric sunroof if you need fresh air.

However, for all this, it would be a mistake to think big means unwieldy. Bow and sternthrusters and/or a second cockpit control station and/or a plug-in docking remote make berthing these big girls a breeze. And while you can drive them yourself, you can admonish all such responsibility and employ a skipper and/or first mate, too. To this end, you'll find separate crew quarters, or at least the option of having them fitted out in the stern of your 70-footer.

The big deal on this yacht is two aft garages and an oversized submersible boarding platform that together make the Princess V70 a play station par excellence. Forget davits and cranes, don't worry about swinging tenders on foredecks or, heaven help you, on flybridges. Here, you are ready to rock (and not roll) in no time.

To prove as much, within just a few minutes we dispatched the yacht's UK-built Williams 325 inflatable jet tender, a duckie equipped with a frighteningly fast 104hp (German) jet engine from Garage One, a hold designed to house this very RIB. Then, from Garage Two, came a three-seater Sea-Doo personal watercraft. After which tubes, an inflatable trampoline, kayaks and other toys were deployed. And should that not suffice, the boat's telescopic passerelle or rear boarding ladder doubles as a diving board. Fun times afloat for sure.


With twin V10 1500hp MTU common rail diesel engines with two-stage turbochargers and underwater exhausts, the Princess V70 is a super-fast passage maker that, it seems from sea trials on local waters, has benefitted from testing on the usually rough waters around Plymouth where the Princess factory is based. There are engine options of twin 1360hp MAN V12s and C32 1675hp CATs, but the MTUs, though taking a while to wind right up, are a smooth and sophisticated match.

Cruise speed at sea is 34kts (63kmh) with 85 per cent engine load.

Top speed is 41kts (76kmh) fresh off the ship but, with full tanks holding 4400 litres of diesel and almost 800 litres of water, This is fast for a 40-tonne cruiser. The modified deep-vee hull with five-blade props and prop tunnels hails from renowned naval architect, Bernard Olesinski.

Underway, the V70 travels beautifully flat and, as such, vision of the road ahead from the internal helm station is excellent - something you don't always get on a sportsyacht. This way, things like fish-trap floats, whales and fishing boats should reveal themselves well before they become speed bumps or, worse, create damage to running gear.

Meanwhile, bow and sternthrusters and an opening side door alongside the starboard-side helm make decamping from the marina a snap and, later, berthing this boat shorthanded, a very real possibility. A docking remote would help some more.

A hydraulic Opacmare unit powers the extra-long passerelle, which was designed to clear the boat's oversized boarding platform. Hydraulics also controls the two push-button aft garage doors. But the extra-deep submersible boarding platform has Princess's own hydraulic unit and the control for it is concealed cleverly in the stainless steel stern rail. Flip back a lid and the panel reveals itself. Press a button and the lids rise. Jump down, press the winch remote and the tender is on its way. Easy.

The boat also has push-button windlasses in the aft corners, which are favoured for tightening the lines while stern-to mooring (usually in Med'). But it's the engineering that goes to the next level for a production craft. Which is something else to be expected in the 70-footer class.

Back below decks, high-capacity fuel filters/water traps with changeover cocks and visual contamination warning at the helm; the engineroom extractor fans with electronic time delay and vents that are inboard and high off the waterline; and the fire-fighting and bilge systems including manual pump.

The boat's electrical system is 24/240V, with a 22.5kW gennie to power the air-con. Though it's not often talked about, the 233-litre holding tank will more than suffice for champagne cruisers about the harbour or bay, for which the V70 will also excel. Now, back above decks…


The V70's huge hydraulic boarding platform was a special creation for the V70 shipped Down Under. We like our waterfront real estate, right? But, as touched on, you also get twin garages for toting tenders, PWC and watertoys, plus separate crew quarters with twin single berths and a WC under the cockpit floor and aft of the engineroom.

The boat's aft deck features twin sunpads, each big enough for a couple to sleep the day away with reclining headrests and plenty of stainless steel rails. However, the lack of a continuous rail around the boat's transom corners, where the windlasses are located, was a little disconcerting if you had kiddies aboard.

Informal lunches for eight or 10 are on the cards should you add a few deck-chairs. Entertaining will be enjoyed around the teak table on the boat's teak deck under the cockpit awning. A drawer-style fridge, icemaker, small electric griddle, food-prep space, grabrail and garbo are nearby in the requisite built-in amenities centre.

Walkaround decks traced by a supportive bowrail (except in the aft corners) lead to the foredeck, which rates as a second outdoor lounging area since it has a sunpad big enough for another couple at least. All deck fittings are heavy-duty designer stainless steel numbers and the bow has half-bulwarks and a concealed anchor in keeping with a mini ship.

While contemporary, it should be noted that there's nothing too avant garde about the lines of the hull and deck. Instead, Princess goes for modern but timeless lines and it's this approach that has endeared the badge to long-term owners rather than the nouveau riche.

Next, the indoor/outdoor living areas come to the fore. Triple opening stainless steel framed doors lead into the saloon that, with timber floor, is stylish and serviceable. Lots of glass ensures great water views, an electric opening portside window and D-sunroof deliver natural ventilation, while high-gloss cherrywood joinery and trick low-voltage lighting set the afterdark mood.

Formal dinners can be staged around the big glass table on a high/low electric pedestal base that, with U-shaped lounge seating and loose chairs, accommodates eight to 10 under the electric sunroof/moonroof.

You can then call on the AV system - 80cm concealed LCD television linked to a Bose Lifestyle system comes standard - to entertain some more. And note, when cruising, you are, of course, driving the boat from this same social saloon.

The twin sets of forward-facing helm seats make this a doubly social cruising yacht. Four of you get to watch the road ahead and help navigate, while big pantograph wipers clear the screen on this inherently dry-running boat with an air-con serving as a demister.

A perfect two-couple fast getaway. Oh and there's a wetbar with icemaker and leather-topped drinks servery within an arm's reach. G&Ts or bellinis on arrival.


While casual dining is the destiny of the cockpit, and formal meals will be enjoyed indoors, all the primary food-prep and serious cooking will happen away from prying eyes in the below decks galley. Big rails assist your passage up and down the companionway and through the galley, which has practical timber flooring, skylights and opening portholes to help with natural lighting and ventilation, and big black-ice Avonite counters, plus heaps of storage including an impressively huge pullout pantry.

Amenities range from a four-burner electric cooktop, with range hood, to a catering-sized convection microwave oven, twin sinks with Monobloc mixer, to an upright 191-litre fridge with 71-litre freezer. And the V70 comes with a washer-dryer and linen press in a laundry just forward of the galley.

Accommodation spans three cabins each with an en suite that has a full moulded liner, separate shower stall, Vacuflush loo and upmarket vanity with chic Euro fittings. A communal head at the foot of the companionway, and therefore handy for guests, doubles as an en suite for the third cabin to port, which has twin single berths.

The VIP guest's cabin in the bow features an island berth, full-length mirror, built-in dressing table, separate television and, I like this, opening ports for natural ventilation. The finish in all cabins is five-star, with various textured bedheads and thoughtful trim from leather to waffle weave, and more. Metallic bedspreads also add to the (super)yacht feel.

But it's the full-beam stateroom with plenty of headroom that really wows. You can sit up on the king-sized bed and see the horizon through the four big superyachtesque windows, which can be opened when anchored up river or in the creek. There's a lounge to kick back on, a make-up area or office desk, a wardrobe, 80cm LCD television, and an oversized en suite. Bidet optional.


The raceboat-like dash suggests performance is in store even before you turn the keys. There's a full spread of analogue engine gauges, twin electronic MTU engine panels, Raymarine speed, depth and autopilot, but Furuno Navnet GPS chartplotter and Simrad VHF, Lenco trim tabs, Seafire system, spotlight, and the electronic MTU shifts with synchro and go-slow or troll modes.

Of course, the big V10 MTUs make this an especially fast yacht and the boat runs sweetly, Electronic shifts and snappy power-assisted hydraulic steering add to the driving pleasure. Then there are the cruising comforts and, once you reach your destination, amenities approaching those of a superyacht below decks.

At the end of the day, retrieve the water toys, tender (the Williams is good for around 100kmh) and/or the PWC, shut the garage doors, raise the anchor and race home. Quick as that. Your day of play is done without the usual huffing and puffing.

The V Series is a winning design for Princess and now a V85 is underway. You will need crew for that boat whereas as the 70-footer class is still owner/driver friendly. And everyone from the kids and their watertoys to owners have been considered in the V70. You even get cutlery, crockery, towels, first-aid kit, twin folding chairs and impressive ship's document case. Life altering, for sure.

Boat Features

Category NamePower boatsConditionUsed
Hull TypeFibreglassHull StyleSingleHull
Boat BrandPrincessYear2008
RegoJAV70NLength21.39 meters
Width5.08 metersDeck MaterialFibreglass
Water Capacity800Draft1.35 meters
Air Conditioning6 unitsBow ThrusterSide power
FreezerYesDesigner BuilderPrincess

Boat Extended Details

RegoJAV70NWhere BuiltUK
LOA75Cruise Speed Revs32kts
Fuel Use At Cruise400lphFuel Tanks2
Fuel Capacity4400Water Tanks2
Duck BoardHydraulic Walk Around DecksTeak
House Batteries8InverterVictron
Deck LightsYesCharting SystemRaymarine
Auto PilotRaymarine SoundersRaymarine
Satellite DomeYesTVYes
Sound SystemBoseWashing Machine DryerYes
MicrowaveYesLast Engine ServiceJune 2020
Last AntifouledJune 2020PropspeedYes
Agent NameMatt


123Engine MakeMTUEngine Hours1400
Fuel TypeDeisel