I looked for flaws within the depths of every stowage locker and cabinet, but didn’t find any, and then Capt. Mitch Marvosh showed me the engine room. It has a teak sole and gelcoat on the exposed fiberglass surfaces. I’ve seen less luxurious living quarters aboard some boats. Access to the inline six-cylinder Volvo diesels is more than good enough to do routine maintenance chores. The wiring and plumbing runs are beyond tidy, and well labeled.
The owner of Guilty never intended to spend a night aboard, but that doesn’t mean she lacks proper accommodations. In the master stateroom all the way forward, a large island of comfort awaits the weary voyager. Honey-tone teak ceilings glow through their glossy finish, as do the book-matched faces of the stowage drawers beneath the berth. Although natural illumination in this cabin comes only from a hatch above, the beige carpet and white overhead seem to enhance all the light that enters. Strategically placed electric lights make the area seem as bright as the outdoors.
Palm Beach offers a variety of standard interior arrangements, some with the galley in the pilothouse salon and others with the galley belowdecks, on the port side abaft the master stateroom, and with a double stateroom for guests opposite. The owners of Guilty elected to replace the double stateroom on the starboard side with a U-shape dinette/lounge. Amidships beneath the helm and a couple of steps down from the galley, another stateroom accommodates two more guests in single berths, placed foot-to-foot athwartships. The only full standing headroom in this cabin is located on the yacht’s centerline between the berths, but no matter; it’s more a playpen for the owners’ children. As arranged, the interior offers the solo yachtsman a nearly ideal home afloat, especially if he likes to entertain.
The salon in the pilothouse will play host to most of that entertaining. Cushy love seats, one facing forward, the other aft, look at one another over a varnished teak coffee table on the starboard side — a natural area for conversation. Opposite, an L-shape dinette, with folding table, bids guests to carry on a separate conversation, play a board game or engage their mates across the way. Each window in the salon’s after bulkhead descends into a pocket and, combined with the bifold entry and power-operated side windows forward, ventilate the area well enough to keep the air conditioning quiet on all but the hottest and most humid days.