19 May 2015

Project 31@50 - The original Princess returns to Plymouth

The first model to ever be built by Princess Yachts International has arrived back in Plymouth to undergo a unique restoration project in celebration of the company's 50th Anniversary year.

Project 31 was the initial success story behind the Princess brand (then known as Marine Projects (Plymouth) Ltd), with more than 150 boats produced and sold worldwide. Now Princess Yachts will be lovingly restoring an original Project 31 whilst giving her a touch of the "Princess" treatment.

Following her arrival at Princess' superyacht facility South Yard, Project 31 will be fully refitted drawing on various departments within the business. Parts will be removed and sent across the factory to the carpentry and metal shops where they will be repaired and reconditioned.

Over the years several modifications and upgrades have been made to the boat, so now a dedicated team of apprentices and retired employees will be utilising their skills and memories to refit and precisely restore her. The refit process will see the team overcome several hurdles as Princess craft from that era are unique, with no two boats exactly alike. A very different approach to how the brand develops products today.

David King, Director and one of the founders, said of her arrival: "I am delighted to see a Project 31 return to Plymouth after all this time. At first glance she's in pretty good condition – although there is plenty of work to be done. We've got great plans for her and I'll be delighted to see her brought back to life!"

The Princess Design Studio will be creating a nostalgic interior concept that will pay tribute to Princess' 1965 original launch specification. Key features will be carefully restored to ensure the boat stays true to these origins, however, a clever modern twist will be implemented using modern materials and detail-oriented craftsmanship will adorn the living space, providing a new level of luxury in a boat that is almost 50 years old.

The full process will be available to follow through Princess Yachts' social media pages and dedicated website.

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