Palmer Johnson delivers two 46m ali/composite sisters back to back...

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Palmer Johnson delivers two 46m ali/composite sisters back to back...

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They are PJ150 No5 'Blue Ice' and No6 'Oneness'. Both will be sailing in the Mediterranean this summer.

JUNE 2009

These most recent launches reflect the continuing success the American yachtbuilder has enjoyed since it first unveiled the 37m (120ft) PJ120 No1 Cover Drive, the first of what PJ’s ‘Sport Yacht Series’. Indeed winning formulae don’t come much better than the cooperation between Palmer Johnson, one of the USA’s oldest and most respected yacht builders, and its design studio of choice, Venice, Italy-based Nuvolari & Lenard. Indeed in recent years the two operations have raised the bar not only with what is a quite unique range of large semi-custom aluminium/composite ‘Sports Yachts’, but also in terms of owner expectations.
Since the PJ120 design was first worked up in ’01 and Cover Drive launched in late ‘03 Palmer Johnson has delivered a total of 17 similar-concept Sports Yachts of various sizes − seven 37m (120ft) PJ120s, four 41m (135ft) PJ135s and six 46m (150ft) PJ150s; plus three of its composite 37.5m (123ft) GRP PJ123 Raised Pilothouse Motoryacht Series.
As to work in progress, the company is still remarkably busy with PJ150 No7&8, as well as PJ135 No5, PJ170 ‘Mega Sport Yacht’ No1, and a custom 81.4m (267ft) global explorer.
Palmer Johnson also has sales and service facilities in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Golf Juan on France’s Cote d’Azur.
Prior to the credit crunch it had plans to set-up a satellite yard in the UK.
The company is owned by Timur ‘Tim’ Mohamed, who acquired first PJ’s old Savannah, Georgia, yard in early ’03, although that has since been sold, and subsequently the original yard that remains so busy.

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