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The new Revolver 42 is a powerful, head-turning performance boat, but Michael Peters has designed its interior for comfort.

The Revolver 42 combines the speed and performance of a go-fast with the accommodations of an express cruiser.

“It’s a twin-stepped hull — the same bottom we would put on a boat that would go 80 or 90 mph,” says the boat’s designer, Michael Peters, who spoke with me at the Palm Beach International Boat Show, where the Revolver made its debut. “It’s wider than most sportboats, not the skinny 8-foot beam that’s common.”

Click play for a look at the Revolver 42.

The beam allowed Peters to include a healthy batch of creature comforts in a climate-controlled environment. The Revolver’s helm and cockpit are completely enclosed. The hardtop’s aft section opens and shuts under electric power, as does the aft windshield, which rises to meet the hardtop and descends into a recessed area forward of the stern sun pad.

Italian entrepreneur Carmelo Zocco founded Revolver in 2010 but first took his idea for a luxury performance boat to Peters’ Sarasota, Fla., office in 2006. Peters, who has designed record-setting raceboats as well as custom yachts and production boats, designed the hull and interior. Revolver took care of the hardtop, windows and retractable swim platform.

With its citron-green hull and black-tinted windows, the Revolver drew plenty of second looks at the Palm Beach show in March. “The boat is different, as you can see just looking at it, but it’s also different in purpose,” says Giuseppe Giannotta, a management representative from Moravia Yachting, Revolver’s international dealer. “The idea was to have a fast boat but also have real comfort.”

It debuted at the 2012 Monaco Boat Show. Powered with twin 700-hp Mercury Racing 700SCi engines, the Revolver’s top speed hovers around 74 mph, and she cruises at 50 to 60 mph.

A pair of two-person cockpit seats with high backrests flank the path to and from the stern. A center console helm station and houses the head, which is accessed on the forward side. The shock-absorbing helm seats got my attention right away with their curves and contours — narrow and comfortable.

The builder has placed the galley on the port side, forward of the head, and a counter with integral storage stretches along the port side. A forward V-berth converts to a dining area with a table insert that moves up and down with the touch of a button.

The Revolver 42 with SCi engines is $1.284 million. Check it out on the Revolver website.