by Dom Wiseman

A result of what Palm Beach believed to be a gap in the refined high-performance marketplace, the GT50 was designed to be an elegant, simple to operate, all-round yacht.

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The Palm Beach GT50 Express is a visually stunning cruiser. Capable of 40-plus knots, with an economic cruise speed in the mid-30-knot range, the GT50 Express is a capable and stylish creation.

“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.”

Incorporating Palm Beach’s unique hull design, early sea trials saw the GT50 reach the target top-speed projection of 40 knots and a cruising speed of 35 knots with a pair 600-horsepower Volvo IPS 800s. The hull design allows the yacht to slice through the water, with reduced resistance, allowing the cruiser to get on the plane while keeping the bow in the water.

At 35 knots, the fuel consumption was 40 gallons per hour (151 liters per hour). At 25 knots, the GT50 wasn’t greedy, taking 24 gallons per hour (90 liters per hour), making the Palm Beach GT50 one of the most efficient yachts on the market.

Richards was equally motivated during the creation stage, to see boat lovers spending more time on the water with less fuss. “We designed the systems and built the yacht to be turn-key,” Richards stated. “We want you to step onboard, turn on the engines and go out and enjoy the water. That’s what yachting is all about.”

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The cruiser has been designed with entertainment in mind. Generous outdoor spaces accommodate large enthusiastic groups. Wine and dine your guests on the helm deck or get comfortable on the two L-shaped settees in the cockpit or by the large teak swim platform. The Express model comes with a large opening sunroof for complete enjoyment.

Elegance continues throughout, with a spacious forward master stateroom, huge head with shower, large galley and a queen- sized berth aft. Engine access is below the cockpit.

The GT60 is already in production ad will be ready for its debut in the first half of 2020. A GT70 will follow the GT60, already in the planning.

“Stay tuned for more,” Richards said. “Ultimately we plan to be the most efficient performance cruiser in our niche.”

The Palm Beach GT50 Express made its international debut at the 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and more than impressed crowds in Miami in March this year.