Palmer Johnson

Palmer Johnson had humble beginnings, starting out in 1918 as Johnson and Gmack, a maker of commercial fishing boats. In 1928, the founder’s son, Palmer Johnson, built the company’s first wooden yacht. During World War II, the company built air-sea rescue boats and T-class freighters, as well as some custom yachts and wooden stock sailboats.

In 1956, the company was renamed Palmer Johnson Boats, Inc. Five years later, it was sold to Pat Haggerty, the founder of Texas Instrument, who adopted welded aluminum construction.

Since then, the company has worked its way into being a renowned builder of luxury yachts, blending beautiful design, technology, and performance in all of its boats. It has built championship sailing yachts, award-winning superyachts, the first gas turbine powered vessels, the first MCA compliant yacht, and even the “Fortuna” for the King of Spain.

Nowadays, Palmer Johnson has four series in its family of yachts.

The 81-meter PJ World Explorer is made of welded steel plate and extrusions. It can go up to 16 knots and can operate under extreme conditions anywhere in the world.

The 19-meter PJ63 Sport yacht, meanwhile, can go up to 36 knots. It has carbon composite hull and deck and an optional hardtop.

The SuperSport series features finely shaped surfaces, sleek profile lines, and elegant metallic finish. The carbon fiber body makes for a lighter but stronger vessel and reduces operation and maintenance costs. Yachts in this series can go more than 30 knots using 50% less fuel.

Lastly, the SportYacht series is built in aluminum and features large open decks that flow into classy beach house interiors.