When customers join us for a sea trial it’s 100% predictable that, at some point, they’ll comment on how comfortable the boat is in the water.
(It’s an observation we wait for and we’re never disappointed!)
Ocean racing champion Mark Richards and Naval Architect Andy Dovell have been collaborating since the early nineties when they designed racing yachts together.
But it was their decision to build motor yachts in 1995 that led to a breakthrough in hull design that has given Palm Beach the unrivalled advantage that it enjoys to this day.
In their words, ‘We stood on the shoulders of giants!’ The concepts that shaped the underwater geometry of the first PB38 were informed by the NASA and American Navy databases – the most sophisticated source material available in the world of nautical design.
The hull was then further refined for the development of the PB50 and its extraordinary efficiency was clearly evident in the towing tank tests that have become a crucial element in the Palm Beach design process.
While the sharpened ‘V’ of the prow slices cleanly through the water, the hull then flares to roll away the seas. (Imagine a racing sailboat that widens amidships.) This warped, semi-displacement form reduces drag, while adding buoyancy, stability and additional lift.
As a result, any Palm Beach yacht can climb gently over its own bow wave and move from hull speed to plane speed with minimal energy and effort.
THE V-WARP™ HULL DOESN’T
CLIMB OVER THE WAVES,
IT SLICES THROUGH THEM.
FLAT, CLEAN WAKE SHOWS
HOW LITTLE RESISTANCE THE
BOAT IS ENCOUNTERING
MANEUVERABILITY AND EXCELLENT HIGH-SPEED HANDLING
OPTIMAL PLANE ANGLE
FOR EXTRAORDINARY EFFICIENCY
The numbers tell the story. If you look at the performance figures for any Palm Beach motor yacht, you’ll see an unsurpassed combination of high speed, low fuel burn and extended cruising range.
You’ll find this holds true whether you opt for direct drive or an IPS power train.
Further evidence of this efficiency lies on the surface of the water. Look behind any of our models at speed and you’ll see a flat, clean wake that illustrates how little resistance the boat is encountering.
The ‘soft ride’ that is so characteristic of Palm Beach yachts is in large part due to the construction process. All bulkheads, and even fixed furniture, are fused to the hull.
This achieves a semi-monocoque torsion box that is stiff underway and free from any rattles or creaking.
All large-mass components are carefully balanced both vertically and longitudinally. Our engines and full-beam baffled fuel tank are mounted amidships which ensures a low center of gravity and creates stability and comfort in all conditions.
POWER & MOTORYACHT, BOAT TEST OF THE PB55
The best way to appreciate the true beauty of the V-Warp™ Hull is to come sit at the helm station as we open up the throttles.
It’s a sea trial you are unlikely to forget!
You’ll enjoy the ride and we’re confident you’ll come to this conclusion: The V-Warp™ Hull is V-Fast, V-Stable, V-Comfortable and VVV-Efficient!