The Palm Beach 70 Hits the Water

Palm Beach Motor Yachts launched its new 70-footer, replacing the Palm Beach 65 as the builder’s flagship.

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The Palm Beach 70 “was born from customer demand” for a larger Palm Beach yacht, says Mark Richards, CEO.Courtesy Palm Beach Motor Yachts

The recently launched Palm Beach 70 meets customers' plea for a larger version of Palm Beach cruisers as well as the builder's performance and aesthetic standards, says Mark Richards, Palm Beach Motor Yachts CEO. The almost 75-foot yacht (LOA) includes a flybridge, an inset bow lounge and three staterooms belowdecks.

The Palm Beach 70’s “bowrider” feature is a recessed seating area far forward on the foredeck — a unique way to watch the world go by while underway and a feature that “hearkens back to the glory days of commuter yachts,” the builder says. It’s not the only place to catch a breeze and a view, however; the yacht’s flybridge provides both as well. Plus, its constructed of infused carbon fiber, as is everything else above the yacht’s sheerline to achieve a low center of gravity, and in turn, enhance stability.

Below the sheerline, the Palm Beach 70’s semidisplacement warped hull form was “designed to go through the water rather than wasting energy to get on top of the water,” the builder says. Her bow stays in the sea, even at top speeds. And thanks to twin 1,000 hp Volvo Penta IPS 1350s and a draft of 4 feet 3 inches, the Palm Beach 70 cruises at 32 knots and has a 38-knot top-end speed. However, the alternative power option found on hull #1 of the 70 — twin 1,000 hp Volvo Penta D13 shafts — delivers an even shorter draft of 3 feet 7 inches, a 24-knot cruise speed and a 793-nautical-mile range.

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Note the recessed seating area in the forwardmost point of the bow, called the “bowrider.”Courtesy Palm Beach Motor Yachts

Step inside the 70 and you’ll find a salon squared off by two facing L-shaped settees aft, with a dining table adjoining the settee to port. The captain will never go hungry at the helm station forward and to starboard thanks to the adjacent U-shaped galley. And should guests prefer to dine alfresco, they can step out into the cockpit where a dining table awaits with access to the teak swim platform on either side.

The Palm Beach 70’s accommodations belowdecks include a master stateroom amidships and to port, which has sliding doors to open up the space when desired. Forward is a private head with a glass-enclosed shower and opposite is a laundry unit convenient for long-range cruising. Stowage like the master’s hanging locker as well as the forepeak VIP’s hanging locker and built-in chest of drawers are also useful for such trips. The VIP’s centerline berth is a queen and guests can awake with the sun thanks to a hatch overhead. The third and final guest stateroom is aft and to starboard and has twin berths. Its head also doubles as a day head.

Beyond this new flagship, Palm Beach Motor Yachts is also expanding its fleet with a new express cruiser, the Palm Beach GT50. The GT50 is the first model in a whole GT series, which should include a 60- and 70-foot model as well. Learn more about Palm Beach Motor Yachts here.

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In classic style, golden teak accents the Palm Beach 70’s interior.Courtesy Palm Beach Motor Yachts
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The 70’s open interior allows guests, captain and chef can commune with one another easily.Courtesy Palm Beach Motor Yachts
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The galley’s “U” shape provides built-in bracing points for cooking while underway.Courtesy Palm Beach Motor Yachts
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Note the view of the 70’s master stateroom with its sliding pocket doors pulled wide open.Courtesy Palm Beach Motor Yachts
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There is stowage above, under and beside the VIP’s berth for long-range cruising.Courtesy Palm Beach Motor Yachts
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The builder has optimized space belowdecks on the Palm Beach 70.Courtesy Palm Beach Motor Yachts

Quick Specs:

LOA: 74'11"
Beam: 19'2"
Draft (IPS): 4'3"
Draft (shaft): 3'7"
Fuel capacity: 1,585 gal
Water capacity: 290 gal
Standard Power: 2 X 1,000 hp Volvo Penta IPS 1350
Cruise Speed: 32 knots
Top Speed: 38 knots