The Technical

Take a look through all the elements involved in the Project [email protected] transformation. As we utilise new techniques to bring this classic boat back to life, you’ll be able to find out how we are using resin infusion (a process used to mould today’s craft) as well as the Princess Design Studio’s creative vision for the boat’s interior. 

Meet Our Experts

Our Experts

Meet the faces behind Project [email protected] from those who are lovingly restoring our 1968 model to those who have shared their memories of the company’s first boat.

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David King

Board Director and co-founder

In 1965 David and two friends established Marine Projects (Plymouth) Ltd to fit out and charter Project 31. This boat was sold marking the beginning of what is today one of the world's leading shipyards. Today David is a Director involved in new product development and is sharing his expertise to support the restoration of Project [email protected]

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Gerry Lapthorn

Refit Manager

Gerry has worked with Princess for around 25 years and is using his experience to coordinate the restoration of Project [email protected] “From the moment I saw her in Jersey, I knew we were on to something special with this boat. I have a great team behind me who are just as passionate about the project and we cannot wait to see her back on the water.”

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Will Staddon


Will has completed nearly 10 years service with Princess, most recently as engineer on the new Princess 30M - the latest Princess M Class which will mark the entry point to the fleet. He will be drawing upon his vast experience to refit and reengineer Project [email protected] to the highest standard. 

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Callum Wilkinson

Apprentice Engineer

Callum is a 3rd year Apprentice Engineer who will be working under the mentorship of Project [email protected]'s lead engineer Will Staddon to bring new life back to the boat. Callum has been developing his skills working on the latest M Class development - the new Princess 35M. He follows in the footsteps of his father who is an engineer at Princess. 

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Peter Moore


Having been a part of the original Project 31 build crew Peter has returned to share his experiences with the Project [email protected] team. Peter went on to enjoy a career at Princess that spanned over three decades, eventually managing the company's shipyard at Lee Mill before his retirement at 65.

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Roger Bishop

CAD Technician/Carpenter

Roger has completed over 25 years of service within Princess. Since joining in the woodworking department he has experienced different areas of the business and is today the CAD (Computed Aided Design) Technician working within the Development Mock-up Team. Roger is lending his skills to Project [email protected] to support her restoration and bring her into the digital era. 

The Transformation of Project 31

Use the slider to follow Project [email protected]’s weekly progress, from the full rip out to the finished result. Pictures will be added weekly so you will need to check back regularly for updates.

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Take a virtual tour of Project [email protected] after her stunning transformation.

Our History So Far...

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Meet Project 31

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Share your memories with us and become a part of Project [email protected] 

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N Eigeldinger

I have owned by 1968 Project 31 since 1994. This year I have spent 75 day on board, journeying down the Rhine in Germany to the Netherlands and back.

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E van Dijk

I'm very exited to see that you are restoring the Project 31. I'm from Holland and i am working on the same boat.

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M & O Abbot

We bought our 1971 Project 31, TAURA, three years ago as a restoration project. She hadn't run or moved for some years but we have now refurbished both Perkins 4.107 engines.

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J H Ahlund

I recently purchased a Project 31 which I will be restoring. I'd been looking for a good boat for around 3 years...I saw the Project 31 and jumped at it, there was no doubt that this was my boat

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R Loach

I have owned a mostly original 1972 Project 31 since 2003. I first saw one as a young lad and it left such an impression on my young mind that I simply had to have one one day

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R P ‘Kerly’ Kerslake (former manager)

We had to run the engines in for each new boat. I used to be a fisherman so when we were cruising I would catch mackerel off the back of the boat to bring back to the team.

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Peter Moore (former factory manager)

It was a happy family at Marine Projects - lots of laughter but getting the job done was the most important thing. Everyone all mucked in together.

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Eddie Rawle (former Head of Aftesales)

The Pilgrim 30 was way before its time. We took one to the Chicago Boat Show which sold straight away.

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Chris Cleverly (former MD at Princess Motor Yacht Sales)

The first time I saw the Project 31 and Princess 32 it was awe-inspiring to see such large yachts - probably in the same way it is for customers to see the 40M today

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Princess Yachts - Valley Road

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Colin Grills (former fit out manager)

We could not build the Project 31s fast enough – as soon as you had built one there was someone at the door waiting to buy it.

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40M #5 goes in the water

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