November 26, 2018

New Model: Palm Beach GT 50 Express

While developing its next model, Palm Beach identified a void in the refined high-performance marketplace and the stunning new GT50 was born. The design philosophy was to create a visually elegant traditional inspired cruiser capable of forty plus knots, with an economic cruise speed in the mid thirties range, and all in a yacht that was simple to operate and easy to own.  The first Palm Beach GT50 Express made its debut at the Newport International Boat Show.  Initial sea trials of the GT 50 Express hit Palm Beach precise target top-speed projection of 42 knots and a cruising speed of 35 knots with a pair 600hp Volvo engines with IPS 800 pod drives. Moreover, at 35 knots the fuel consumption was only 151 liters per hour.  At 25 knots the GT50 sipped a measly 90 liters per hour. These impressive figures make the Palm Beach GT50 Express one of the most efficient yachts available today.  The GT Series incorporates Palm Beach’s unique hull design that results in less resistance to achieve plane while keeping the bow in the water. Each yacht slices through the water and avoids wasting energy to get up on top of the water.  A hyper-focus on lightweight, strong construction helps to ensure the GT50’s efficiency. The hull is a fully infused vinylester cored e-glass construction that is complemented by a fully infused, full carbon fiber deck and superstructure. The deck and bulkheads are structurally bonded to the hull for increased strength and rigidity, forming a semi-monolithic shell that produces a far stronger result.  Another specific goal of the GT50 is to embrace simplicity and ensure owners are spending more time on the water.  Palm Beach gave significant attention to the GT50 Express outdoor spaces in order to comfortably accommodate large groups of guests while underway. Two L-shaped settees in the cockpit flank a transom door to the large teak swim platform. The helm deck is ideally suited for fresco dining or lounging while underway, with an L-shaped settee and a straight settee. The Express model, features a large opening sunroof and Palm Beach’s customary side and aft opening windows provide an open-air atmosphere for an incredible on-the-water experience.  An additional refrigerator and an ice-maker in the cockpit complement the full-service galley below. Twin helm seats serve the carbon fiber helm station, and the single-piece windscreen creates an unobstructed line of sight that is more like a high-performance car than a yacht. Side decks are designed to seamlessly join the cockpit to allow for easy access forward. Below, the attention to detail continues with contemporary finishes blended into a timeless elegance. Timber options include wenge, teak or ash. Broad selections of designer double-stitched fabrics are wrapped around a spacious forward master stateroom, huge head with shower, large galley and a queen-sized berth aft. Engine access is below the cockpit. Palm Beach GT series is off to a flying start with the Open version of the GT 50 finalizing production and set to launch in January 2019 at the Dusseldorf boat show, while production is currently underway for the GT60 that will make its debut in September of 2019.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.4 m (54ft)
Hull Length - 15.2 m
Beam - 4.48 m
Draft - 0.93 m
Displacement - 13000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1500 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D8 600hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS800 forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 42 knots max 35 knots cruise 25 knots economic fast cruise
Range - 347 nm at 35 knots cruise, 413 nm at 25 knots cruise
Construction - Vinilester resin infused cored E-glass, carbon fiber deck and super structure

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