July 25, 2018

Project: Palm Beach GT50 Express

While developing its next model, Palm Beach identified a void in the refined high-performance marketplace and the new GT50 project was started. The design philosophy was to create a visually elegant traditional yacht which is still inspired to Down East lobster lines and capable of 40-plus knots, with an economic cruise speed in the mid thirty knots range, and a yacht that was simple to operate and easy to own. The first Palm Beach GT50 Express is scheduled to make its debut in September at the Newport International Boat Show. Initial sea trials hit the company’s precise target top-speed projection of 42 knots and a cruising speed of 35 knots with a pair 600hp and Volvo IPS 800 forward looking pod drives. Moreover, at 35 knots cruise the fuel consumption will be about 150 liters per hour, with 25 knots projections for only 90 liters per hour. These impressive figures make the Palm Beach GT50 a very efficient yacht. 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. 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, 100% carbon fiber deck and superstructure. The deck and bulkheads are structurally bonded to the hull for increased strength and rigidity, forming a semi-monococque shell that produces a far stronger result. Palm Beach gave significant attention to the GT50’s 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 al-fresco dining or lounging while underway, with an L-shaped settee and a straight settee. The Palm Beach GT50 Express will feature a large opening sunroof and the 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.  After the Newport debut, the GT50 will attend the Norwalk, Annapolis and Fort. Lauderdale boat shows. The GT50 will not be a solo model but a full range for Palm Beach with the down under boat builder working on a GT60 with performance projections up to fifty knots and set to debut in September of 2019, and also a GT70. 

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