Palm Beach 70
Consumers asked, and Palm Beach Motor Yachts delivered. The manufacturer that previously didn’t produce a 70-foot yacht has launched the Palm Beach 70.
This vessel has a three-stateroom layout, a flybridge and an inset bow lounge. Its flybridge and everything else above the yacht’s sheerline is constructed with infused carbon fiber, giving the yacht a low center of gravity and, in turn, better stability. The salon is squared off by two facing L-shaped settees aft with a dining table connecting the settee to port. The helm station is forward and to starboard, and there is a U-shaped galley aft. The cockpit has a dining table, and there is access to a teak swim platform via doors to port and to starboard.
The 70 comes equipped with twin 1,000 hp Volvo Penta IPS1350s and reportedly cruises around 32 knots, and has a top hop of 38 knots.
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Galeon 650 Skydeck
The Galeon 650 Skydeck’s electric, fold-out portside and starboard-side gunwales are a standout feature on this yacht. They allow for additional space in an alfresco setting, creating balconies with rail stanchions, guidelines and four inserts for bar stools (two to port, two to starboard). The transforming balconies lead to an aft deck with an eight-person, U-shaped settee with a table, a wet bar, a sink, an electric grill and an ice maker.
The 650’s aft, portside galley has a two-burner electric cooktop, a microwave, a dishwasher, dual sinks and an under-counter, fridge-freezer combo. As for its starboard-side helm station, it’s equipped with twin Raymarine HybridTouch multifunction displays, a monitor for the boat’s Seakeeper 16 gyrostabilizer, Raymarine autopilot, a Humphree Interceptor controller and an EmpirBus digital-switching keypad for wipers, horns, etc.
This Galeon vessel runs on twin 1,000 hp Volvo Penta D13 diesels and has a top-end speed of 30 knots.
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Johnson 110 Skylounge
When boarding the Johnson 110 Skylounge, guests and crew alike will immediately be drawn to the vessel’s namesake sky lounge. This area accommodates 10 guests and includes an L-shaped settee and a coffee table to starboard, a bar-style galley with granite countertops to port with three bar stools, a gas barbecue, a refrigerator, an ice maker, a microwave, a sink and unobstructed vistas.
The 110 Skylounge has five staterooms: a master, a VIP and three more guest staterooms. The master’s king-size berth faces panoramic windows and has his-and-her tables that match his-and-her sinks in the en suite head. Belowdecks and amidships, the VIP stateroom has a queen-size berth. The three additional guest staterooms are en suite, too. The portside guest stateroom has a double berth; the starboard-side stateroom has two twins; and the forward stateroom has an aft-facing, queen-size berth.
Twin 1,925 hp Caterpillar C32 Acert diesels power this Johnson Yachts vessel to a reported top speed of 20 knots. The 110 Skylounge can carry 4,000 gallons of fuel and is equipped with ABT zero-speed fin stabilizers and a Seakeeper 35 gyrostabilizer.
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Dubbed the “modern interpretation of an express cruiser” by Reliant Yachts, the X40 Express has an axe bow, a straight-edge sheerline, diesel power and could serve well as either a pocket cruiser or a mega-yacht tender. Powered with a pair of 480 hp Cummins QSB 6.7 diesels matched to Konrad 660B sterndrives, the X40 Express has a top hop of 43 knots.
Belowdecks are a separate shower and toilet, as well as a berth for overnights and weekends.
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The Tiara C49 was designed with space in mind. In addition to sleeping accommodations for six guests, a single-point cockpit access at the swim platform allows the cockpit to have an L-shaped settee. Belowdecks are two heads, one en suite. Hull-side windows help create a sense of openness by bringing in natural light.
Powered with twin 600 hp IPS800s, this Tiara Yachts vessel can reach a top speed of 31 knots. Cruising speed is 26 knots at 52 gph. The C49 also has joystick control for close-quarters maneuvering. A Seakeeper gyrostabilizer is optional.
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Silent-Yachts has created the world’s first mainstream yacht with fully functioning solar installation as standard power: the Silent 55. It comes in three versions: cruiser, hybrid and E-Power. This catamaran has 32 solar panels measuring more than 527 square feet, covering most of the 55’s upper surfaces.
The 55 moves at a top speed of 14 knots for about an hour in pure solar mode. Its cruising speed depends on load and power-generation variables: At approximately 5 knots, it can go for 70 to 80 nautical miles on solar, and about 4,000 miles by adding the generator. At 7 knots, and with the generator, the 55 can travel about 2,800 miles on its 455-gallon fuel tank. The 55 runs on a variable-speed 100 kW Volvo Penta D3-220 generator, a 140-kWh lithium-ion battery bank from MG Energy, Brusa chargers and inverters and twin brushless 135 kW UQM electric motors.
Silent-Yachts offers a 25-year warranty for solar panels and an 8-year warranty on battery packs.
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Designed by Dixon Yacht Design, the Pearl 95 has a sporty look, featuring a raised pilothouse and long, hull-side windows. Its galley is designed by SieMatic, a German company that’s been designing kitchens since 1929, and the garage can hold a three-seater Kawasaki personal watercraft. A beach club awaits aft where two fold-down, teak-laid quartering platforms can be tucked away when the hull is being stowed.
Additionally, this 95-footer from Pearl Yachts has a four-stateroom layout that are all en suite. The 247-square-foot master stateroom has a walk-in closet, shelving, a vanity area, a forward-facing, king-sized berth and eight panes of glass forward provides uninterrupted vistas. Its en suite head is 87 square feet.
The 95 has three engine options: twin 1,925 hp CAT C32s; twin 2,400 hp MTU 16V M96s; or twin 2,600 hp MTU 16V M96Ls.
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The Belize 66 was designed with entertainment in mind. Its foredeck has U-shaped seating and a table that converts to a sun pad. There is also bench seating at the transom with a hydraulic swim platform. This Riviera Yachts vessel also comes with a Bimini top, a stainless-steel Muir windlass and an Ultra anchor. The galley is aft with a U-shaped counter space, and a flip-up window to the cockpit allows for easy interaction between the chef and guests. In the cockpit, there is an L-shaped settee to starboard and double Kenyon cooktops to port.
The Belize 66 has a three-stateroom layout. The master stateroom is amidships with twin 5-foot, cedar-lined lockers to port and to starboard and an en suite head with a heated towel rack. There are twin berths in the guest stateroom that convert to a double while the forepeak VIP stateroom has hanging lockers.
An unorthodox, staggered engine configuration makes room for a tender garage. The Belize 66 uses twin 1,000 hp Volvo Penta D13-IPS1350s, its only option. It also can hold up to 1,188 gallons of fuel.
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Bluegame debuted about 15 years ago. Last year, Italian yacht builder Sanlorenzo bought the fellow Italian brand, and their first collaboration is the Bluegame 62. Its deep-V hull form was penned by U.S. naval architect Lou Codega.
A hydraulic swim platform and a swim-step meld with an open, aft deck for a layout that brings guests seaside. Belowdecks is a sofa, a table to port, a refrigerator, a cooktop and cabinets to starboard.
Twin 900 hp Volvo Penta IPS1200s are standard power, but twin 1,000 hp Volvo Penta IPS1350s are optional and provided a 33-knot cruise speed and a 38-not top hop during our sea trial.
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Tiara Sport 38 LS
The Tiara Sport 38 LS is an outboard-powered center-console. There is a U-shaped settee with a dinette at the transom, and there is also a head within the console on this Tiara Sport vessel.
The 38 LS can cut through the water at a top speed of 48 knots and cruises at 30 knots for 276 nautical miles. It runs on twin 527 hp Seven Marine outboards with Volvo Penta DuoProp drives and joystick controls.
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