Palm Beach GT50 Ex­press

Soundings - - Launched -

Palm Beach Yachts re­cently took the wraps off its GT50 Ex­press, the first model in a lineup of per­for­mance-ori­ented sport yachts. An open model based on the same hull is sched­uled to de­but in 2019, and the planned range for the se­ries will in­clude 60- and 70-foot mod­els.

“When I started Palm Beach al­most 25 years ago, I had one over­ar­ch­ing set of ob­jec­tives: to de­sign and build the best-per­form­ing, most ef­fi­cient and most beau­ti­ful yachts on the wa­ter,” said Mark Richards, Palm Beach Mo­tor Yachts founder and CEO. “The GT50 rep­re­sents a cul­mi­na­tion of the best of Palm Beach, and there’s re­ally noth­ing out there like it to­day.”

Touched with a bit of Downeast DNA, the GT50 Ex­press is curvy from stem to stern. The sleek, rounded glass that wraps around the main sa­loon is a re­minder that she’s a Palm Beach, while gen­er­ous tum­ble­home, an el­e­gant sheer line and a flared bow cre­ate the il­lu­sion that she’s mov­ing, even at the dock.

A pair of 600-hp Volvo Penta D8 diesels mated to IPS800 pod drives give the GT50 a top speed of 42 knots. Ac­cord­ing to Palm Beach, at a cruis­ing sweet spot of 35 knots the two diesels burn a com­bined 40 gal­lons of fuel per hour.

Belowdecks, ac­com­mo­da­tions in­clude two state­rooms that share a head with an en­closed shower. The for­ward state­room has an is­land berth, while the smaller state­room—amid­ships abaft the gal­ley—is ideal for guests or kids. The L-shaped gal­ley is be­tween the two state­rooms, to port, and the head is across from it to star­board. Up a level is the main sa­loon, which has lounge-style seat­ing, the helm and its bucket seats.

Out­side, the cock­pit has an in­te­grated swim plat­form for dip­ping toes into the wa­ter, or for tak­ing a swim.

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