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JOIN US AT THE MIAMI BOAT SHOW. DON'T SEEK INSPIRATION....REVEL IN IT. PB 55.
THE GRAND BANKS STORY. WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE BELIEVE, WHY YOU SHOULD CARE.
AUSTRALIAN SUPERMAXI WILD OATS XI HAS SECURED A RECORD EIGHTH LINE HONOURS WIN IN THE SYDNEY TO HOBART YACHT RACE
GRAND BANKS ACQUIRES PALM BEACH; MARK RICHARDS TO BE NAMED CEO ON COMPLETION
'FAIREST OF THEM ALL' - PALM BEACH 45
Superlatives have no choice but to roll off the tongue when it comes to Australia's finest, the new Palm Beach 45 express cruiser. A gob smacked JEFF STRANG explains
BOATPOINT PROVIDES LATEST PALM BEACH 45 REVIEW
....WHAT A KNOCKOUT!
PALM BEACH ON CHANNEL 7'S CREEK TO COAST
Creek to Coast did a special story on Palm Beach Motor Yachts which screened in May 2012.
Please click on the link below to watch the segment.
PALM BEACH MOTOR YACHTS LAUNCHES A NEW WORK OF ART
Palm Beach Motor Yachts launched its very first PB45 in Sydney on Tuesday 18thApril.
“With a new contemporary layout, we have managed to take quite a few hours out of this boat without compromising our high quality. We remain focused on building the best boats possible but are very excited to bring a boat to market with a list price of $1.2m” said company founder, Mark Richards.
The PB45 in standard form is matched with twin Volvo IPS400s providing an expected top speed of 25kts. At 11.5tonnes the boat is significantly lighter than other production boats due to her superior construction technique using composite materials. Combining this with a super, slippery, semi displacement hull, Palm Beach believes this is the most fuel efficient boat in its class, sipping less than 65litres per hour at 20kts. As with all Palm Beach vessels, the handling and sea going nature is exceptional and something the Palm Beach team is very proud of.
The PB45 is available in single or twin cabin layout and (as with all Palm Beaches) fully customised to suit each individual owner.
The metallic, silver-brown coloured PB45, called Ammonite will be travelling to Sanctuary Cove Boat Show on the way to its ultimate home in Hamilton Island.
“Feedback from clients so far on the all new contemporary fit out has been sensational. We are going to introduce it into all of our models as an option. For owners with kids or boats that get a large amount of use, we feel the contemporary fit out will provide an attractive alternative to the Teak-dominated traditional fit out that our boats are well known for” Mark Richards
Palm Beach continues to satisfy strong demand for its bespoke, semi custom luxury motor yachts with a solid forward order book. The Central Coast based company will be exhibiting its brand new PB45 and PB55 at this year’s Sanctuary Cove Boat Show in May.
Tradeaboat's Palm Beach 65 review
Palm Beach Motor Yachts’ stunning new 65 flagship delivers a rousing performance and mouth-watering interval, says TONY MACKAY
The great musical productions of Broadway and the West End always have one big song, sung by the star, a huge orchestra swelling to the triumphant last explosive note, at which point the audience jumps to their feet for the standing ovation. The song is known as the showstopper. On the water, the nautical equivalent is the Palm Beach 65; a symphony of style, performance and virtually faultless details seamlessly blended into a package, which frankly, left me floundering for accolades. Just delicious. The only problem was that it is not mine. It could, however, be yours, although you will have to wait. They have a waiting list.
Tradeaboat's Palm Beach 50 Review
TONY MACKAY finds his match in the perfectly executed Palm Beach 50 Classic, a picnic boat par excellence
The international glitterati and jet-setting types, tiring of the chill of a European winter, pack their jewels and cocktail shakers and head for Palm Beach, Florida, for the social season. In similar fashion, well-heeled Australians head to our own Palm Beach, north of Sydney, and settle in for luxury holidays and superior soirees. The two words — Palm and Beach — are evocative of sparkling waters, fabulous views and, hopefully, a luxury mansion, perhaps with a few efficient and caring staff. However, it will not be long before boating types tire of their balcony lounges, find the allure of these pristine waters too strong, and purchase a suitable craft in which to explore the neighbourhood.
A downeaster from Down Under, the Palm Beach 55 is a welcome arrival.
By Chris Caswell
Jay Gatsby would have loved the Palm Beach 55, because it embodies all that he lusted after in The Great Gatsby: class, style and grand luxury. In fact, I'm convinced that he would have forgotten all about Daisy Buchanan after one look at this boat. The Palm Beach 55 is the latest incarnation of the downeast-style lobster-boat-turned-yacht. There have been a number of predecessors, including those actually built somewhere in the Northeast. There have been some Down (Far) East versions built in the Orient, some Down (Over) East yachts built in Italy and a stylish Down West line from the Pacific Northwest, but this is the first Down Under lobster-yacht. And, as the Aussies say on her home turf, "she's a right corker," meaning something better than excellent. Company owner Mark Richards
Australia. New Palm Beach 45 features FinScan IntelliCORE Smart Power
Thursday, 22 March 2012
Marine electronics manufacturer FinScan, has announced the inclusion of the IntelliCORE Smart Power system as a standard feature on the new Palm Beach Motor Yachts 45, to be launched at the 2012 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.
Palm Beach Motor Yachts manufacture 45ft to 65ft motor yachts, having won the “Best new powerboat” award at the Newport International Boat Show for two years running.
They are amongst the finest custom built pleasure boats, incorporating the latest technology in composite boat construction, yet still retaining a traditional feel.
The PB 45 is fitted with a fully featured IntelliCORE Smart Power system. This includes AC source management with reverse polarity disconnect, AC / DC Digital switching, and monitoring of all batteries and tank levels from one helm mounted touch screen.
By utilising the IntelliCORE system, Palm Beach Motor Yachts have simplified the electrical installation with significantly less wiring and switching, yet enhanced the features and usability of the PB45. All systems are operated from one touch screen, that includes graphical switching, and easy navigation between AC sources, DC systems, Battery Monitoring and Tank Monitoring screens. The philosophy behind the IntelliCORE touch screen operation is simplicity.
Fire and Ice
Classic on the surface but cutting-edge beneath its gleaming woodwork, a Palm Beach 65 is the perfect yacht on which to enjoy the creations of Ocean Room's Raita Noda, a chef who believes traditional and contemporary tastes are best enjoyed together.
Words & Photography Sam Tinson - Click here for the article in .pdf (16mb)
Carnival on the Cove - Ocean Ball
The harbourside location of Farm Cove in Sydney's
Royal Botanic Gardens came alive on Saturday
December 4 for the 2010 Ocean Ball. Held in a
custom-built 60-metre grand marquee perched alongside
the water, Ocean Media's festive, five-star dinner dance
was a sight to behold as yachts circled the cove while
the sun set behind the famous bridge and opera house.
Co-hosted by notable luxury lifestyle companies including
Burgess superyachts, Pilatus Aircraft, Louis XIII de Rémy
Martin and BMW, the event had the backing to put on a
spectacular show in an equally stunning setting.
Guests dressed in black tie and colourful gowns for
the "Carnavale" themed evening were greeted with a
welcoming glass of Piper Heidsieck champagne, Crown
Lager and Rémy Martin Sidecar cocktails, while mingling
on a specially built 'Ocean Club' deck watching a sail-past
of luxurious vessels of all shapes and sizes. Guests were
treated to a five star, three-course menu of gastronomic
delight, matched by the finest wines from Robert Oatley
Vineyards cellars. Entertained throughout the evening
with Latin-inspired performances of capoeira, samba and
batucada, attendees danced the night away with the latin
vibe and popular favourites of Big Hit Orchestra.
Those who prefered to retire to the Rémy Martin Bar on
the Ocean Club deck were treated to Rémy Martin's Louis
XIII cognac for an after dinner tipple. On the night the
generosity of Ocean Ball guests also raised over $52,000
for the deserving Cure our Kids charity through our auction of generously donated luxury products and experiences. Once again, the coming of summer could not be celebrated in better style and better spirit.
Palm Beach at Sanctuary Cove -
A local builder unveils two new models on the Gold coast.
Palm Beach Motor Yachts is set to exhibit their new PB 55 & PB 45 for the very first time in Australia at this years Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. This will be the first chance local boat lovers and potential buyers alike will have the chance to see and board the two latest offerings. Despite a strong domestic currency and high operating costs in Australia Palm Beach Motor Yachts is committed to remaining 100% Australian owned and built while constructing the highest quality, semi custom motor yachts available.
Once upon a time in Oz
The logo etched into the hub of the Palm Beach 65’s steering wheel reminded me of the badge on the nose of a Bentley Continental GT, but inverted so the wings appear to be locked in a power dive, instead of playfully soaring on a thermal.
Bentley Motors and Palm Beach Yachts: These two marquees, one nearly as old as dirt and the other a fledgling founded in 1995, share a similar philosophy ...
Palm Beach Motor Yachts wins again! The new 55’ Palm Beach earns best new powerboat over 30’ at this year’s 2011 Newport International Boat Show!
In photo: Builder/Owner Mark Richards with daughters Naomi and
Alanna, Nancy Piffard, Newport Boat Show Director, and
Andrew Shoemaker, USA factory representative.
Palm Beach 50
Thoughtfully designed, spacious and bright, the Palm Beach 50 pushes the envelope for sport cruisers - Click here to read the article on Southern Boating's Website
Palm Beach 55
The team at Palm Beach Motor Yachts worked around the clock to get the new PB55 ready in time for her debut at the Newport Boat Show. Sam Tinson jumped aboard for a sneak preview, and found her a dead cert for Best in Show. - Click here to read the article from OCEAN magazine
Palm Beach 65
West Coast newbie is bound to impress - Click here to read the article by SEA Magazine, posted July 1, 2011
Palm Beach 50, By George Sass, Jr. August 23, 2010
The Palm Beach 50 is one you can take home to mama. Read the full article at Yachting Magazine.
PB Motor Yacht 50 earns Best New Powerboat 2010 at this year’s Newport Show
Foreign Boat Debuts Dominate Newport Boat Show's Newport For New Products Awards
Newport, RI, September, 20010…The UK's Spirit 46 was named "Best New Sailboat", the PB50 from Palm Beach Motor Yachts in Australia captured honors as the "Best New Powerboat", while the global Navico's Simrad NSE 2.0 was judged "Best New Boating Product" from among all the new boats and boating products appearing at the Newport International Boat Show this past weekend. The selections were made as part of the Show's Newport For New Products program sponsored by Cruising World, Sailing World and MotorBoating magazine and recognize the best boats and the best product being introduced at the Show for the coming model year.
The judges called the Spirit 46 "…a traditional boat that's not bound by tradition". A stretched-out design that makes for a spacious aft deck and ample storage, they called this boat "… truly extraordinary". The one entry unanimously picked by all the judges on their first round, Spirit 46 was named Best New Sailboat for 2011.
The PB 50 – chosen Best New Powerboat --was judged to have an "elegance of proportion and design" that is "sensational". A big boat that delivers performance and fuel economy with its lightweight composite material construction, the judges were just as impressed with its excellent fit and finish.
For their choice in the Best Boating Product category, the judges chose a navigation system that provides the world's first full autopilot control and integration; support for Broadband True Motion Radar, Lowrance StructureScan sonar imaging, and digital switching, monitoring and control of boat systems with C-Zone. The judges were overwhelmed by all the capabilities of the "Best New Boating Product", the Simrad NSE 2.0.
In addition to the overall winners, two other entries were recognized as the "best" of their respective categories. The Class 2M from France won Best New Sailboat Under 30', and the Sealegs 7.1 Amphibious RIB won as Best New Powerboat Under 30'. The overall best boat winners were also recognized as best in their size categories as well.
Newport For New Products spotlights the new boats and boating products that make the most significant contributions to the experience of recreational boating. The program recognizes the Newport show's unique place as the first United States boat show of the new model year. Judging is done by an independent panel of boating experts provided by the magazines and awards are given based on innovation, value to the consumer and aesthetics. For more information, go to the Show web site: www.newportboatshow.com
VICTORY - WILD OATS XI RACES INTO HISTORY
To win Line Honours in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is a test of endurance for both the yacht and its crew. This year Wild Oats XI made history by becoming the first yacht ever to win the title for the fourth consecutive time. A feat unmatched since the race began 64 years ago.
The pressure was on going into the race but after a tough campaign, four years in the making the Wild Oats team proved their training, determination and perseverance paid off with a well deserved win.
After the race, Mark Richards commented. “It was a hard fought race and a great achievement by the team. It takes a lot to put this sort of campaign together and to achieve this record is a great honour.”
Mark applies the same dedication in the construction of his range of Palm Beach Motor Yachts. “I’m looking forward to the coming year and focus on building boats for my clients to enjoy”.
PALM BEACH 50 – SHAKEN NOT STIRRED
Australia's leading bridal magazine, Bride to Be wanted a boat of style and elegance for their James Bond inspired photo shoot, and after seeing the Palm Beach 50 their choice was simple.
On a perfect Sydney Harbour day, the Palm Beach 50 provided the ideal backdrop for this glamorous shoot. Elana Bardetta, Fashion Director for Bride to Be magazine said, "The boat looked absolutely stunning so we were very happy with the final shots".