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Palmer Johnson (USA)
1918-
www.palmerjohnson.com

The Palmer Johnson yard, located in Sturgeon Bay, WI, has a long a illustrious history of building mostly large custom yachts. Founded by Hans Johnson and Herman Gmack, it was originally known as Sturgeon Bay Boat Works when Hans Johnson's son, Palmer, assumed ownership. During World War II, the company turned it's efforts toward building boats for the military. It wasn't until Palmer Johnson retired in 1959, when some local business men assumed ownership, that the firm acquired it's present name. In 1961, long time Palmer Johnson customer and Texas Instruments CEO, Pat Haggarty, bought the company. An avid yacht racer, he did much to establish the builders reputation in the international racing circuit. It was in the establishment of a separate brokerage division, that the company sold a number of different production fiberglass sailboat models under the Palmer Johnson name.
Palmer Johnson never really built fiberglass boats (though it did finish a great number), deciding that it's future lay with custom aluminum yachts. For a time it contracted with a number of builders, mostly in Europe, that were sold under the Palmer Johnson name.
Palmer Johnson production sailboats were only sold for a few years. Nautor of Finland, the builder of the larger PJ models, ultimately decided to sell it's yachts exclusively under it's own Swan brand.
Today, Palmer Johnson continues as a world renowned builder of large, high quality, power and sailing yachts.

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NAME/TYPE       LOA First Built
English / Metric
BOUNTY II 40.83' / 12.44m 1956
PALMER JOHNSON 43 43.00' / 13.11m 1969
PALMER JOHNSON 37 36.50' / 11.13m 1970
PALMER JOHNSON 34 33.50' / 10.21m 1970
PALMER JOHNSON 40 39.30' / 11.98m 1970
PALMER JOHNSON 48 48.08' / 14.65m 1971
PALMER JOHNSON 30 (AQUAFIBRE) 30.00' / 9.14m 1971
STANDFAST 40 40.00' / 12.19m 1972
PALMER JOHNSON 44 44.00' / 13.41m 1972
PALMER JOHNSON 36 36.00' / 10.97m 1973
PALMER JOHNSON 30 (HUGHES) 29.92' / 9.12m 1973
PALMER JOHNSON 43CR 42.75' / 13.03m 1975
NEW YORK 40 (PETERSON) 39.50' / 12.04m 1977
NY 40 (PETERSON) 39.50' / 12.04m 1977
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