The decision has been made at the recent Cannes Yachting Festival 2019, the striking Palm Beach GT50 Open on her European debut has been nominated in the up to 20m category for the European Powerboat of the Year 2020 Award!
The engineered simplicity of the GT50 has been successful since its debut at the Newport International Rhode Island Boat Show in September of 2018, where she won the title of the Best New Powerboat Over 35′. After her visit to Newport, she continued to attend boat shows across America and in Australia, having her Australian premiere at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show this past May for her first time in home waters. In September, the GT50 made her grand European premiere at the Cannes Yachting Festival in her open-top configuration, being nominated for the award for the European Powerboat 2020, and she will soon make her premiere over in New Zealand at the Auckland Boat Show.
The GT50 is infused with the DNA of experienced sailing racers and was designed with performance and efficiency at its core, resulting in an alluring combination of fierce speed, sleek exterior lines and an ultra-lightweight build. She’s capable of a knockout top speed of up to 40 knots and boasts an economic 35-knot high-speed cruise while consuming only 40 gallons of fuel per hour. All of the bulkheads and fixed furniture are structurally bonded to the deck and hull resulting in increased strength, and a fully infused 100% carbon fibre deck and superstructure keep her centre of gravity low.
The under 20m category is the largest powerboat class for this award, the GT50 coming in at 16.4 metres overall. The award takes into consideration the practicality of living on the water, for example with how many people, at what comfort level and for what length of time. The judges also thoroughly analyse the layout of the boats up, the space onboard and last but not least, their performance statistics. This year’s winners will be announced at Boot Dusseldorf in January 2020, so keep your eyes peeled until then! In the meantime, see the GT50 in action here.