A Collaboration between Princess Yachts, Pininfarina and BAR Technologies helped birth the all-new R35
BAR Technologies has been at the forefront of high-speed yacht designs and played a main role in the most recent America’s Cup series which featured flying catamarans. These high-speed sailing cats used composite foils and daggerboards developed by BAR Technologies to exceed speeds of 40 knots on the race circuit. Naturally, when Princess wanted to extract more speed from their revolutionary sport yacht, they turned to BAR Technologies’ expertise.
High-Tech Foils and Propulsion
Due to their superior power to weight ratio, gasoline engines were selected for this new yacht instead of diesel. The R35 is powered by twin Volvo V8’s, each developing 430 horsepower which is enough to produce speeds in excess of 45 knots.
In-House Composite Fabrication
With typical construction methods, carbon fiber produces an average 15-20% weight savings over glass fiber in the marine industry. These savings were not satisfactory for the Princess team. By utilizing resin film infusion techniques when working with carbon fiber, the R35 was able to up the weight savings to 25%.
Further weight savings was achieved with materials selected for the interior. Solid surfaces use industry-leading lightweight components like Esthec floors that are both beautiful and durable. And, the interior is every bit Princess: flawless fit and finish with an impressive collection of color options for both soft and hard surfaces.
This obsession over weight savings paid off. The half load displacement for the all-new Princess R35 comes in at just 14,000 pounds!
A Revolution has Begun
The entire Princess team is undoubtedly excited about this revolutionary new model and the new direction for Princess design and technology. Although Pininfarina led the design of the R35, Princess’ long-standing partners in yacht design, Olesinski were along for the ride and are working to implement aspects of the R35’s design language into the next generation of Princess Yachts.
Executive Chairman, Antony Sheriff has revealed that the composite and foiling technology pilot tested on the R35 will be making its way to larger Princess models. While you may not witness an S78 breaking 45 knots, we are certain these new technologies will further improve on Princess’ long-standing hallmarks of stability & efficiency. With impressive weight savings and AFS technology in larger yachts, new smaller, high-horsepower engines can provide the same if not greater speed and performance over today’s designs.
Without question, Princess Yachts is entering a Revolution in luxury yacht design, construction and performance!