Draw­ing Board

The lux­ury builder crowns its line of semi-cus­tom boats with a new flag­ship.

Power & Motor Yacht - - IN THIS ISSUE - palm­beach­mo­to­ry­achts.com —Jeanne Craig

The Palm Beach 70 prom­ises to be one of the builder’s best per­form­ers to date—a fast, new flag­ship with pleas­ing lines.

Peo­ple who know Mark Richards say he gets very pas­sion­ate about wakes. The founder and CEO of Palm Beach Mo­tor Yachts be­lieves large wakes in­di­cate wasted en­ergy, and they’re of­ten thrown from hull de­signs that aren’t as ef­fi­cient as they could be. Richards fun­neled that pas­sion for ef­fi­ciency into the de­vel­op­ment of the semi-dis­place­ment warped hull that is a key fea­ture of each semi-cus­tom boat in the Palm Beach lineup. Un­til re­cently, the se­ries ranged from 42 to 65 feet. Now, the com­pany has plans for a new flag­ship—the 70—and it too will run on that proven hull.

How does it work? In gen­eral, the warped shape keeps the bow in the wa­ter while the hull gets on plane, thereby elim­i­nat­ing the hump in the speed curve asso­ciated with deep- and mod­i­fied-V hulls—they encounter more re­sis­tance as they rise from the wa­ter and use more en­ergy. The 70 will ben­e­fit from the at­tributes of this hull de­sign, al­though other el­e­ments will en­hance its per­for­mance, in­clud­ing savvy con­struc­tion tech­niques.

Vinylester-in­fused car­bon fiber will be used through­out the boat. As a re­sult, the 70 will be light and strong, and those char­ac­ter­is­tics will beget good speed. With a pair of Volvo IPS1350s, the builder pre­dicts the 70 will cruise at 33 knots and hit 38 knots at top end. And while Palm Beach won’t re­lease es­ti­mates for fuel burn at this time, Richards says the flag­ship “will be ex­cep­tional. It will be in a league of its own and that’s crit­i­cal as fuel con­sump­tion is an as­pect of boat own­er­ship that’s be­com­ing more im­por­tant to our own­ers.”

As for those own­ers, Palm Beach seems to have a loyal fol­low­ing. In fact, the con­cept for this 70 was de­vel­oped for a client who wanted to trade up from his 65. Palm Beach now has two 70s un­der con­struc­tion. Both are headed for the U.S. and should ar­rive by early 2019. While each boat will have the crafts­man­ship and pleas­ing lines that have helped to make Palm Beach a se­ri­ous player among dis­cern­ing yachts­men, the dif­fer­ences be­tween hulls 1 and 2 also say a lot about this man­u­fac­turer. No. 1 will fea­ture four staterooms. No. 2 will have just two. “The in­te­rior can be fully cus­tom­ized,” says Richards, who works di­rectly with ev­ery cus­tomer. For the owner, that’s one ben­e­fit of Palm Beach’s fac­tory-di­rect busi­ness model. Th­ese boats aren’t or­dered through a dealer net­work; in­stead, own­ers col­lab­o­rate with the CEO, who has a pas­sion for boats and boat­build­ing, and en­joys shar­ing it with oth­ers.

The 70 will be of­fered in ex­press and fly­bridge ver­sions. Nice fea­tures in­clude the hand­crafted teak in­te­rior, elec­tric win­dows in the aft bulk­head and bow cock­pit with lounges, which could be­come ev­ery­one’s fa­vorite seat on-board. There’s also a ten­der garage, teak swim plat­form and set­tee at the tran­som. From there, your guests can turn to ad­mire what is likely to be a very mod­est wake.

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