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Princess 'Project 31'

Princess Yachts International celebrate 50 years by restoring a Project 31

The British boat builder Princess Yachts International has announced it is going back to its roots and will be embarking on a unique restoration project in celebration of its 50th Anniversary year. The first boat it produced, the Project 31 (built between 1965-1969) was the initial success story behind the Princess brand (then known as Marine Projects (Plymouth) Ltd), with more than 150 boats produced. Princess Yachts will be restoring a 1968 Project 31 whilst 'giving her a touch of the "Princess" treatment'. The boat will be refitted at Princess’ superyacht facility South Yard in Plymouth, 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. Director, David King 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!" You can follow the boat’s progress via the dedicated website or via Twitter and Facebook.

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