Tides of Luxury

Most Downeast-style yachts in the 50’-70’ range exude superior luxury and eye-catching aesthetics, but compromise on speed. Palm Beach Yachts delivers both, as proven in their newly-launched GT60, a vessel that performs as good as it looks.
Words by Bill Lindsey | February 27, 2021 | Luxury

he new Palm Beach Motor Yachts GT60 is the epitome of nautical luxury. The classic design features an enclosed helm area with an expansive wraparound windshield just forward of the salon. Down below resides a fully-equipped galley and three staterooms. A yacht this size requires a tender, but rather than having it dangling off the transom or mounted forward under an ungainly davit, the GT60’s enclosed tender garage provides “out of sight” fast and easy access. When powered by Twin Volvo Penta 1,000-hp turbodiesels, the GT60 has a cruising speed of 35 mph. Nudging the throttles forward delivers a top speed in the 40’s. Volvo’s proprietary IPS pod system allows the GT60 to be handled easily, even by a first-time owner, slipping effortlessly into tight dockages. Built in the “other” Palm Beach (in New South Wales, Australia) by noted yachtsman and America’s Cup racer Mark Richards, the GT60 features extensive use of lightweight yet incredibly strong carbon fiber for the deck and superstructure and vinylester infused e-glass and corecell foam for the hull. The result is a yacht that’s fast, beautiful and practical;