Customer demand and input lead to a new flagship from Down Under.
Australia-based Palm Beach Motor Yachts is gearing up for a big launch toward the end of this year, when it will unveil the new flagship of the line, the Palm Beach 70. An expansion of the 65, the new 70 features additional volume in the amidships master and in the crew quarters, among other places, and it is available in two versions: express and flybridge.
In either version, owners have some interior layout freedom, including up to four staterooms and four heads belowdecks. On the main deck, the salon features an L-shaped settee to port and a C-shaped one to starboard. Both have a table, with the portside one more suitable for dining. Forward to port is the galley, whose aft counter serves as a breakfast counter to two barstools. Opposite the galley is the helm, which features a doublewide seat and all the latest electronics.
Social zones dominate at the bow and stern. A straight settee at the transom and a companion settee in the forward starboard corner occupy the cockpit, and while the bow seating area is smaller, it may be the most popular spot on the yacht. Picture a triangle where the tip of it is the anchor locker and the rest of it is a sunken settee with room for three or four passengers. It’s a spot for great views and wind-in-your-hair exhilaration underway.
The optional flybridge — it adds a level to the yacht without ruining the aesthetics of its profile — contains a second helm, which has three captain’s chairs arrayed across the width of the bridge. Aft is a settee with room for about six people that angles around a large table. A galley unit abuts the settee’s aft console.
Builder projections place top speed at 38 knots and cruising speed at 33, with standard power of twin Volvo IPS1350 diesels. Those speeds are attainable due to the semi-displacement warped-hull design, which keeps the bow in the water and produces less resistance.
Beneath the cockpit is a tender garage equipped with a winch, to make launch and retrieval simple and quick.
We tested hull #3 of the Palm Beach 65 line back in 2011. Check out that review at seamagazine.com/palm-beach-65/.