The Australian boat builder Palm Beach Motor Yachts will introduce its latest launch at the next FLIBS. The Palm Beach 70 builds on the Palm Beach 65, becoming the new flagship of the fleet.
The Palm Beach 70 is built on a semi-displacement warped-hull design that has less resistance to plane more easily. The hull shape will keep the bow in the water, preventing any hitch in the speed curve.
The hull has a shallow draft of about 4 feet and 3 inches, and additional buoyancy aft. In the engine room we have two Volvo Penta IPS 1350s, allowing an expected cruising speed of 32 knots 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 shaft. The shaft drives delivered a 24-knot cruise at 55% load, using 48-gallons/h or 181 L/h between both engines giving a range of 793nm at fast cruise.
“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.”
Onboard comforts include 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 teak swim platform.
The open flybridge features all-around views and clean 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 fiber to enhance a low vertical center of gravity.
A bow cockpit is set in a recessed seating area far forward. This special detail hearkens back to the glory days of commuter yachts.
A three-stateroom accommodations is located below decks, while an amidships master is situated to port with wide pocket doors opening onto the passageway. A private head is set forward with double sinks and a glass-enclosed shower. 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.
Brief Specification for Palm Beach 70
LOA 74’ 11” 22.84 m
Length on Deck 70’ 21.3 m
Beam 19’2” 5.85 m
Draft (IPS) 4’3” 1.3 m
Draft (shaft) 3’7” 1.1 m
Fuel 1,585 gal. 6,000 L
Water 290 gal. 1,100 L
Standard Power 2/1,000-hp Volvo Penta IPS 1350
Cruise Speed 32 knots
Top Speed 38 knots