Palm Beach Motor Yachts is introducing its Palm Beach GT50 Open to Europe at the Cannes Yachting Festival from the 10th to the 15th of September. Following on the heels of her successful world debut at the Miami Yacht Show last February, the GT50 Open has an open main-deck arrangement that deepens the connection with the sea for her owners and guests, and combines it with the well-matched hull and propulsion package that places the GT series of yachts in a performance class all their own.
The design is hard to miss: Beneath a forward-swept radar arch, an amidships social area has facing setees: An L-shaped seat to port is served by a dining table, while a straight setee to starboard adds to the gathering space. Forward is the command staton to starboard, served by helm and companion seats, while a pair of additional forward-facing companion seats are positioned to port at the same elevated height to enjoy excellent lines of sight. A carbon-fiber-framed windscreen wraps around the area, allowing the crew to enjoy the day in comfort even as the boat realizes her exhilarating performance. A removable sun awning provides shelter when needed but disappears when not in use. On the helm deck, the forward-facing seating for four allows everyone to enjoy the ride.
In keeping with the design philosophy of strong, lightweight hulls with exciting, efficient performance, Palm Beach uses carbon-fiber decks to lower the weight as well as the vertical center of gravity to help improve stability and performance even further. The GT series comprises elegant cruising yachts that are easy to own and simple to operate, and are also capable of 40-plus knots, with an economic cruise speed of 35 knots.
A hyper-focus on lightweight, strong construction helps to ensure the Palm Beach GT50 Open’s efficiency. The hull is a cored e-glass construction that is fully infused with vinylester resin that is complemented by a fully infused, 100-percent carbon fiber deck and superstructure. The bulkheads and deck are bonded to the hull structurally for increased strength and rigidity, forming a semi-monocoque shell that produces a far stronger result.
The cockpit features an additional refrigerator and an ice maker to complement the full-service galley below. Side decks are designed to join the cockpit seamlessly to allow for safe and easy access forward.Below, the attention to detail continues with contemporary finishes blended into a timeless elegance.Designer double-stitched fabrics enrobe a spacious forward master stateroom. There is a huge head with shower, a large galley, and a queen-sized berth aft. Engine access is beneath the helm deck via an electrically actuated sole hatch.
Palm Beach is underway on developing additional models for the GT line, including a Palm Beach GT50 Open that will make her debut in September of 2019. Performance projections of the 60 are calling for close to 50 knot top-end, marking the model as a true industry game-changer. A GT70 is also in the design stages and will follow the introduction of the GT60.