Princess Specifications (Built by Allied 1972-1982)
Designed in May of 1972 and kept in production until late 1981, the Princess was most likely Allied's most popular boat of the time. Originally available as only a ketch or sloop, a cutter option was added as an option on the Princess II, the successor of the original Princess. The Princess II came to the market in late 1977 and featured an enclosed quarter cabin, a bowsprit, and more ports. The changes between the Princess and Princess II were nothing compared to what happened to the Seawind to make the Seawind II, so the differences are not significant enough to change a buying decision.
Approximately 140 were constructed, including 12 Princess IIs that were built with 5'1" drafts, reinforced transoms, larger cockpit drains, and higher lifelines. Wallace Hale owns one of the 12 and can be contacted with your questions. The Princess was one of the three Allied models featured as "Classic Plastic" in the December 1997 issue of Cruising World. A Princess can be found used for 40 to 50K. Expect to pay closer to 60K for a newer Princess II.
Overall length: 36'
Waterline length: 27'6"
Displacement: 14,400 pounds
Ballast: 5000 pounds lead
Keel style: modified full
Fuel: 37-70 gallons (most 40)
Water: 60-100 gallons (most 80)
Sail area: ketch: 604 s.f. cutter: ? sloop: 595 s.f.
Designer: Arthur Edmunds
Theoretical hull speed: 7.027 knots
Displacement to waterline length ratio: 309.112
Beam to length ratio: .306
Sail area to displacement ratio: 16.361
Capsize screening value: 1.81 (A lower value indicates a more stable boat; the screening value must be under 2.00 in order to be offshore-capable)