Solent Marine Surveys carried out a pre purchase survey of this nearly new Princess F50. The survey was initially conducted while afloat at Premier Swanwick Marina and then ashore in the hoist slings at Premier Universal Marina (a short motor downstream on the Hamble River). Whilst in the hoist slings we were able to check the underwater parts of the vessel. This included inspection of the the hull, topsides, bow thruster and trim tabs, skin fittings and anodes, and taking moisture readings. Read the full scope for a pre purchase survey.

Extensive sea trial

The excellent local Volvo Penta dealer, JMP Marine (based at Hamble Point Marina) put the twin Volvo Penta IPS800 engines and drives through rigorous testing during an extensive sea trial on Southampton water. JMP Marine were able to view and download all the historic engine data onto their specialist diagnostic tools. This is something we recommend a main Volvo Penta dealer conduct as they can also check the engine’s service history online.

Trim tab set up

The engines and drives performed well during the sea trial. It did became clear however that the Volvo Penta automatic trim tab set up had never been correctly commissioned. As a result the vessel was notably bow up when set to the auto function. A full commissioning and snagging session was then required and again, the Volvo Penta main dealership is the preferred choice of contractor for this task.

Sea water cooled systems

This vessel also included an Onan 11KW diesel generator and reverse cycle air conditioning. As the vessel was afloat for part of the survey these type of systems that require sea water cooling, could be fully run and evaluated; this is not something that can be conducted when an ‘ashore only’ survey is conducted.

The main Princess Motor Yachts Sales team is based at Swanwick Marina; they are the largest worldwide dealer and distributor of Princess Yachts, thus usually having a large display of this marque on display, both afloat and ashore.

If you would like to discuss a survey or receive a quote then please do contact us on