Palm Beach GT50 is embracing simplicity and ensuring owners are spending more time on the water


Palm Beach Motor Yachts Reveals GT Series: A wonderful choice for both the entertainers among you, or the extended cruisers. The new Palm Beach Motor Yachts GT50 will debut at Newport International Boat Show 2018.

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Palm Beach Motor Yachts GT50; photo: Palm Beach Motor Yachts

This new visually elegant cruiser from Palm Beach Motor Yachts is capable of 40-plus knots, with an economic cruise speed in the mid-30 knot range.

There’s been a lot of discussion behind the scenes of when Palm Beach Motor Yachts should announce new models. “For Palm Beach Motor Yachts’ founder, CEO, and design leader there’s only one answer: “When it’s perfect,” announced the company. “And on that note, we’re excited to introduce the new Palm Beach GT50. During initial sea trials the GT50 nailed her target top end speed of 42 knots. Just as exciting is how efficient this gem is across the speed curve. At 35 knots, fuel consumption is 40 gallons per hour (151 liters). At 25 knots the GT50 burns 24 gallons an hour (90 liters), or 1.3 miles to the gallon.

This latest Palm Beach model is available in two different exterior versions—an Express or Open Model. The Express will debut at the Newport International Boat Show on September 13 and the Open will be on display at Boot Dusseldorf in January. A GT60 is currently under production and a GT70 will follow.

“When I started Palm Beach almost 25 years ago, I had one over-arching 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.”

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, 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.

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Palm Beach Motor Yachts GT50; photo: Palm Beach Motor Yachts

“We designed the systems and built the yacht to be turn-key,” Richards said. “We want you to step onboard, turn on the engines and go out and enjoy the water. That’s what yachting is all about.”

An additional refrigerator and an icemaker 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.

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 Newport, the Palm Beach GT50 yacht will attend the Norwalk, Annapolis and Ft. Lauderdale boat shows, announced Palm Beach Motor Yachts. Production is currently underway for the GT60 that will make its debut in September of 2019. Performance projections of the 60 are calling for a 50-knot top-end, marking a true industry game-changer. A GT70 will follow the 60’s introduction.

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