BY APB Staff on 7 Oct 2019

The efficient flybridge cruiser appeals to those looking for larger versions of the company's other models

Palm Beach Motor Yachts will introduce its latest launch to the world: the Palm Beach 70. This new flybridge motor yacht is a flagship that builds upon on the Palm Beach 65, touting cruising comfort and efficiency. The world debut will be made at the Ford Lauderdale International Boat Show (October 30-November 3).

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“The Palm Beach 70 was born from customer demand—they wanted a larger Palm Beach Motor Yacht,” says Mark Richards, CEO and founder of Palm Beach Motor Yachts. “We had to build the yacht that we ourselves wanted too, which can stand on her own to meet our high standards of performance, hull efficiency, and aesthetics.”

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 any “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 the water. The resulting hull has the added benefits of a shallow draft and additional buoyancy aft.

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With a draft of just 4ft3in and matched to a pair of Volvo Penta IPS 1350s, the hull is expected to achieve a 32-knot cruise speed and a top speed of 38 knots. Hull #1 that has just undergone commissioning at the yard is using the optional twin Volvo Penta D13 1,000 HP shafts, and performed pleasingly. The shaft drives delivered a comfortable 24-knot cruise at 55% load, using 48-gallons/h or 181 L/h between both engines giving an impressive range of 793nm at fast cruise.

The Palm Beach 70’s onboard comforts are also an achievement. It features a welcoming saloon with a helm station forward and a galley opposite. The galley has a U-shaped counter to allow the chef 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.

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An open flying bridge welcomes the skipper and companions to the excitement of open-air cruising, with all-around views and sightlines 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 fibre to enhance a low vertical center of gravity.

The foredeck 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.

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Below decks, there is a three-stateroom accommodations 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 a utility room, with laundry facilities.

The VIP stateroom in the bow features a queen berth on centerline. An opening overhead hatch adds light and ventilation. Other features include a hanging locker, and a built-in chest of drawers, each finished with golden teak. The guest stateroom aft to starboard has twin berths. The head compartment does double duty as a day-head, with an additional door to the passageway.