Draw­ing Board

The builder’s GT Se­ries of ex­press boats will com­bine per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency in a lineup of cruis­ers with strik­ing good looks.

Power & Motor Yacht - - IN THIS ISSUE - —Jeanne Craig

The Palm Beach GT Se­ries will com­bine per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency; Scout Boats reimag­ines the 50-foot cen­ter con­sole.

Palm Beach Yachts re­cently an­nounced the launch of a new model line, the GT Se­ries. The first boat in the lineup—which will grow to in­clude 60- and 70foot models—will be the GT50. An ex­press ver­sion de­buted this year at the New­port In­ter­na­tional Boat Show. An open model will hit the boat show cir­cuit in 2019.

Since the brand’s found­ing 25 years ago, Palm Beach Yachts has pushed the en­ve­lope of per­for­mance. Light­weight con­struc­tion and an ef­fi­cient hull de­sign have earned the com­pany a rep­u­ta­tion for build­ing driver’s boats. In fact, one of the sig­na­ture fea­tures of a Palm Beach yacht is a small wake. Com­pany Founder and CEO Mark Richards looks at boats with mon­ster wakes and sees wasted en­ergy. A Palm Beach, by com­par­i­son, is de­signed with a semi-dis­place­ment warped hull that al­lows the boat to get on plane with less re­sis­tance, and thus boost ef­fi­ciency.

The GT50 will be of­fered with a pair of 600-hp Volvo IPS800s; the com­pany re­cently con­ducted sea tri­als with that propul­sion. Re­sults show the boat is ca­pa­ble of 42 knots at wide-open throt­tle and cruises at 35 knots. At cruise speed, fuel con­sump­tion is just 40 gph. At 25 knots, the boat is even more ef­fi­cient, con­sum­ing 24 gph and get­ting 1.3 miles to the gal­lon. “Ulti- mately, we plan to be the most ef­fi­cient per­for­mance cruiser in our niche,” says Richards.

Per­for­mance is also achieved through light­weight con­struc­tion. The builder makes the most of com­pos­ite ma­te­ri­als and in­fu­sion tech­niques. The deck and su­perstruc­ture, for in­stance, are fully in­fused with 100 per­cent car­bon fiber, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

The GT50 Ex­press is de­signed to ac­com­mo­date a num­ber of guests and own­ers who love en­ter­tain­ing. There are two so­cial ar­eas on deck: one in the aft cock­pit (just steps from a teak swim plat­form) and an­other at the helm deck, where there’s a large open­ing sun­roof. The driver sits nearby at a car­bon fiber helm sta­tion that faces a sin­gle-piece wind­screen de­signed to re­sem­ble the wind­shield on a high-per­for­mance car.

The GT50 can ac­com­mo­date overnight guests in the cabin, where there’s a full gal­ley, a large head, a mas­ter state­room for­ward and a queen berth aft.

Based on the early per­for­mance data, Richard’s rep­u­ta­tion for build­ing a solidly con­structed boat and the level of fit and fin­ish this brand is known for, we an­tic­i­pate the new GT50 to make some se­ri­ous waves (metaphor­i­cally, of course) on the show cir­cuit this fall.

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