Take a look at this just-launched Palm Beach 42, with some of the most graceful lines, not to mention most gorgeous tumblehome, of any boat on the planet. It’s the first new model since Palm Beach Yachts, in Australia, was acquired by Grand Banks Yachts, in Malaysia, in 2014, and it’s heading for the fall boat shows in the U.S.
I tested the first Palm Beach to be imported into the U.S. six years ago, and I was knocked out by the thoroughly modern but classic lines, the elegant fit and finish, and the world-class quality of the boat then. (I wasn’t alone; the boat was named Best New Powerboat at the Newport boat show). I’m sure the new 42, the brainchild of Mark Richards, the Palm Beach founder and now Grand Banks president, will not disappoint.
“This is the most gorgeous and feature-rich yacht of its size out there,” Richards says. “It’s wonderfully unexpected to get this kind of luxury and performance in a 42-foot yacht, and it will transform the way you cruise.” Indeed, the boat has all the amenities of a larger yacht but in a compact package, easily handled by a cruising couple. The interior is filled with solid teak cabinetry with satin finish, Ultra-leather upholstery and solid silestone countertops. The power windows on both sides and aft in the salon open at the touch of a button. The boat’s semi-displacement hull with a low center of gravity provides a stable, safe ride. Meanwhile, its aggressive profile and sweeping sheerline will turn heads in any harbor. Powered by fingertip-controlled Volvo IPS 600 pod drives, the Palm Beach 42 cruises at 30 knots and tops out at 36 knots.
An owner can customize the interior, with either a galley aft in the salon and two staterooms below, or one stateroom and a spacious galley down. Either way, the master, with en suite head and shower, has a large tapered island berth.
The Palm Beach line now runs from 42 to 65 feet.
Disp.: 23,350 lbs.
Fuel: 317 gals.
Water: 172 gals.
Power: 2xVolvo IPS 600 pod drives