June 27, 2019

New Model: Palm Beach PB70

Palm Beach Motor Yachts has launched the PB70, a flying-bridge traditional yacht that further fulfills the down under builder's mission to create impeccably built, performance-oriented yachts that raise the bar in the industry. The Palm Beach 70 builds on the PB 65, taking up the mantle of flagship of the fleet, and backing it up with cruising comfort and efficiency. The Palm Beach 70 is built on a semi-displacement warped-hull design that has less resistance to plane more easily. The hull shape is designed to keep the bow in the water eliminating the hump in the speed curve that is typically associated with deep or modified-V hull shapes.  Instead, the Palm Beach 70 is designed to go through the water, rather than wasting energy to get on top of it. The resulting hull has the added benefits of a shallow draft and additional buoyancy aft.  Matched to a pair of Volvo 1000hp engines with IPS pod drives, the PB70 is expected to achieve a 32 knots cruise and a top speed of 38 knots. Hull #1 that has just undergone commissioning is using the same Volvo engines but with line shaft propulsion, and performed pleasingly. The shaft drives delivered a comfortable 24 knots cruise at 55% load, using 181 liter per hour between both engines giving an impressive range of 793 nautical miles at fast cruise.  But a yacht is more than a hull passing through the water, and the PB70 on-board comforts are also an achievement. The Palm Beach 70 has a welcoming saloon with a helm station forward and a galley opposite. The galley has a U-shaped counter to allow bracing points for meal preparation underway. The saloon has a pair of large L-shaped settees in each aft quarter, with a dining table serving the port settee. The entire saloon benefits from large windows and the warm glow of golden teak. The aft deck has a transom settee with dining table flanked with access to the generous teak swim platform.  An open flying bridge welcomes the skipper and companions to the excitement of open-air cruising, with all-around views and sight lines for navigating. The upper deck is right-sized to optimize the comfort of a stable hull with everything above the shear line constructed with infused carbon fiber to enhance a low vertical center of gravity.  The fore-deck features a distinctive bow cockpit, with the unparalleled experience of the yacht’s performance, in a recessed seating area far forward. This special detail hearkens back to the glory days of commuter yachts and must be experienced first-hand.  Below decks, the PB70 features a three-stateroom accommodation layout. An amidships master is situated to port with wide pocket doors opening onto the passageway, opening up the space when an owner couple is aboard alone. A spacious hanging locker provides stowage for extended cruising. A generous private head is forward with double sinks and a glass-enclosed shower. Two overhead hatches provide the head with improved ventilation and natural light. Opposite the master is an utility room, with laundry facilities.  The VIP stateroom in the bow features a queen center line berth. The third guest stateroom is to starboard aft and  has twin berths. The third head compartment does double duty as a day-head, with an additional door to the passageway. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 22.84 m (74.9ft)
Hull Length - 21.3 m
Beam - 5.85 m
Draft - 1.1 m with shafts, 1.3 m with IPS pod drives
Displacement - 32000 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 6000 l
Water Capacity - 1100 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 1000hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS1350 pod drives, or line shaft
Speed - 38 knots max 32 knots cruise with IPS pod drives, 30 knots max 24 knots cruise with shaft
Range - 793 nautical miles at fast cruise with line shafts
Hull Shape - semi displacement war

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