Our Heritage


A small industrial unit in Newport Street, Plymouth was the birthplace of Princess Yachts almost fifty years ago in 1965. Founded by ex Naval Officer David King, Princess has developed into one of the most successful and sophisticated motor yacht builders in the world, employing over two thousand people across six huge factories in and around Plymouth and building over three hundred yachts annually.

Heritage plays a huge part in the success of the company. David King, in his position as Chairman, still heads up the company and Newport Street remains the main factory site, having expanded to encompass the entire street plus reclaimed land out over the adjoining creek. The world renowned naval Architect, Bernard Olesinski, has overseen the conception of the hull and superstructure elements of every new Princess Yacht for over thirty years culminating in the super-efficient hybrid planning technology of the most recent models.

Whilst benefiting from such a rich history, Princess Yachts International is a firmly forward facing company.

After achieving the Queens Award for Export in 1988, the company continues to expand globally to the extent that today 90% of production is exported. Princess Yachts was the first European company to be awarded ISO 14001 for its quality control and every model up to 85 feet meets RINA Green Plus.

80% of every Princess is constructed in house. Cutting edge precision composite construction and resin infusion technology reduces weight increasing fuel efficiency and performance whilst maximising interior volume. Stiffer, stronger superstructures grant larger glazed areas gifting the interiors more light and panoramic views. Princess deep V hulls deliver the finest sea keeping and ride, ensuring guests and crew are kept comfortable and safe.

Even construction techniques are at the very forefront of technology, almost completely eliminating styrene gas emissions in the workplace and for the local environment for instance.

Every aspect of the conception, design, build, and ultimately use, of every Princess Yacht is at the very frontier of what is technically possible today.