Dan’s Take: “The photos don’t do it justice,” is something often said of the Grand Canyon. You could say the same about the Palm Beach 42.
A pile of boat shoes stacked six tall lay at the dock beside the Palm Beach 42 when she made her world debut at Australia’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. Waiting impatiently under the hot summer sun for my turn to climb aboard, I spent some time admiring that sweeping sheerline; despite being the smallest in a range that stretches to 65 feet, she pulls off the same stylish proportions as her siblings.
Well, finally, I thought to myself as a group of guests stepped from the cockpit to the dock. Then, two strides into the saloon, I understood what had taken them so long: There was a lot of brilliant brightwork to admire. From the galley drawers to the trim work ensconcing the enormous, rounded windows, there were no veneers here, just solid, beefy carpentry.
And there are a few layout options, depending on your cruising goals. There’s a galley up, galley down, and you have the choice of having mirror helm seating to port or a large, L-shaped settee. With either option, the master is forward and a guest stateroom is to port. Neither space wants for elegance.
Top speed for the 42 should be around 36 knots, courtesy of twin IPS400s.
Hull No. 2 of the 42 was, at press time, on the Great Lakes. If you find yourself cruising there, keep an eye out for her—she’ll be the one surrounded by admirers.
- Builder: Palm Beach
- Model: Palm Beach 42
- Year: 2016
- Base Price: Upon request
- LOA: 47'0"
- Draft: 3'0"
- Beam: 14'6"
- Displacement: 23,250 lb.
- Fuel Capacity: 317 gal.
- Water Capacity: 172 gal.
- Standard Power: 2/300-hp Volvo IPS
- Cruise Speed: 24 knots
- Top Speed: 36 knots
This article originally appeared in the October 2016 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.