Princess 56 in Hamble

Princess 56 Marine Survey in Hamble

A Princess 56 designed by Bernard Olesinski and built by Marine Projects in Hamble.

These favourites, together with the Princess 45’s and others are all time classics with a phenomenal reputation for sea kindliness and handling. Very well built and might possibly outlast several more modern rivals, this fine craft is powered by 610 bhp of  twin Volvo Penta TAMD-122P-B diesels.

The new owner was indeed upgrading from a Princess 45, which demonstrates the brand loyalty that these marques instil into their owners. A quick spruce up of carpets and curtains, a few safety items to update, an engines service and she was ready to go again – a fine testament to a 19 year old vessel.

Princess 56 Marine Survey Hamble

Princess 56 Marine Survey Hamble

This Princess 56 marine survey on the Hamble River at RK Marine would have been a pleasure for any marine surveyor. The design by Bernard Olesinski was perhaps one of his best and the handling and performance of the Princess 56, as well as the internal layout is flawless. With a beautifully designed saloon with newly covered circular seating facing a cherry veneered joinery cabinet, a separate dining area, a master cabin, two guest cabins with twin bunks and crew quarters aft in the lazarette the accommodation would cater for most eventualities. The construction of these Princess 56 motor yachts by Marine Projects in Plymouth has stood the test of time, the single skin GRP (monolithic construction) to the hull below waterline and in the topsides was pretty much as when she was new, and with a recent hull polish she certainly did not appear to be nearly 20 years old. As is often the case with a marine survey on a boat like this, the few recommendations in the survey report related to ancillary systems such as fire extinguishers and safety gear, the structure of the vessel being sound.

Princess 45 Southampton

Princess 45 Marine Survey, Southampton

A classic Princess 45 by Bernard Olesinski and built by Marine Projects in Plymouth. These timeless designs may be getting elderly but are very much in demand. This particular marine survey at Shamrock Quay in Southampton was for an insurance renewal, often required when vessels are over 20 years old in order to check the structure and systems are safe. With a well built, single skin hull and substantial GRP laminate lay-up, these designs may well outlast more modern lighter alternatives.

Princess 45, Hamble

Princess Survey Hamble

This 1989 Princess 45 Marine Survey for insurance renewal in Hamble reminded me just how good these Bernard Olesinski / Marine Projects craft were. A real pleasure for a Marine Surveyor to inspect, this one had the twin Cats which didn’t leave a lot of room around the engines – the fuel tanks are one weak point.