We tracked down the inside scoop on what boatbuilders are up to next.
Down Under builder Palm Beach Motor Yachts is charging right along after its acquisition by Grand Banks last spring. The company is set to launch its 52 August 2014, and quite obviously, the boat does not lack for a certain Down East beauty. But she’s not all form and no function, either. She’ll have wide side decks and a garage large enough for an 11-foot tender, not to mention the ability to be fitted with either pods or straight-shaft engines. Palm Beach founder Mark Richards told me he expects the boat to be “the most efficient 52-footer in the world” once she launches—a claim we may just need to put to the test.