Palmer Johnson Yachts

Palmer Johnson is a builder of custom luxury yachts. The American company is based in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, with sales offices in various worldwide regions. Palmer Johnson Yachts began in 1918 by building wooden fishing boats. They have grown to be a leader in the United States for custom mega luxury yacht construction.

Many of the yachts feature an emphasis on a quiet, low vibration ride. The first aluminum super yacht in the United States to have both a United Kingdom MCA and Lloyd’s certification came from Palmer Johnson (MALUNGA). It was also a Palmer Johnson yacht which set a world speed record (at one time) in the large motor yacht class.

Palmer Johnson was founded in 1918 as Johnson and Gmack. Then the company built and repaired boats for the Great Lakes commercial fishing fleet. This continued until 1928, when Palmer Johnson, the founder’s son, built the first wooden yacht. As the reputation for high quality yachts grew, so did orders for their custom wooden yachts.

When the United States entered WWII and country rallied behind the effort, Palmer Johnson (then called Sturgeon Bay Boat Works) began producing 45’ air-sea rescue vessels and 65’ T-class freighters. At the end of the war custom yacht manufacturing began. It wasn’t until 1956 that the company was officially named Palmer Johnson Boats and was at that time sold to a group of local Sturgeon Bay businessmen. In 1961, after being sold to Texas Instruments founder Pat Haggerty, a commitment was made to begin producing yachts constructed of aluminum. Later, Palmer Johnson was purchased by Andrew McKelvey from

Today, Palmer Johnson yachts is headed by Mike Kelsey, Jr., who’s father Mike Kelsey Sr. is largely credited with developing Palmer Johnson into a mega yacht company. Mike Jr. seized the opportunity to purchase and expand Palmer Johnson's in the early 2000’s. He then turned it back into one of America's premier yacht building companies. Mike Jr. is often credited with resurrecting the company and arranging the financial restructuring that has allowed Palmer Johnson to continue building on its successes.

Palmer Johnson Yachts has created several new high-style motor yachts at the Sturgeon Bay Yard, ranging from 90 feet up to 123 feet, including the first ever fiberglass Palmer Johnson built. They have recently successfully completed a 142’ tri-deck luxury motor yacht as well as a Palmer Johnson 150' motor yacht called M/Y HOKULANI. Other striking vessels by Palmer Johnson include the 2013 motor yacht LADY M and superyacht project HERMES

Below is a list of Palmer Johnsons's yachts available for charter.  There are also other charter yachts available so please contact us here to enquire further. Further below, you will find the latest news from this prestigious shipyard:


BELUGA - Underway1

Palmer Johnson 135

DRAGON - Exterior From Aft

Video of Palmer Johnson 120

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Palmer 123

MUSE - Main

Lady Jenn



MY Hush - Profile (SS)


S/Y Irishman

Irishman Full View

Pure Bliss

PURE BLISS - Stern View


Palmer Johnson Yachts News

VANTAGE and AD-VANTAGE – Two Outstanding Vessels Refitted by Oceania Marine
A great video showing the 46M Palmer Johnson superyacht VANTAGE and her support vessel AD-VANTAGE at play in Tahiti. Both vessels have recently completed a major refit at the New Zealand-based Oceania Marine.
Third Palmer Johnson PJ170 Superyacht undergoing outfitting
A video showing the third Palmer Johnson PJ170 yacht nearing completion in Dania Beach, Florida. She is the last Palmer Johnson to be built in the US, following the news released by the shipyard about their relocation to the Netherlands.
Winning yacht refits at 2016 Refit Excellence Awards
Beautifully refitted Enigma XK - Photo by Guillaume Plisson
The winners of the first annual Refit Excellence Awards were unveiled on the opening day of the 2016 Refit International Exhibition & Conference in Florida’s Fort Lauderdale, including such outstanding vessels as explorer superyacht ENIGMA XK and the 123-foot AXIA.
Photos: Newly refitted Damen Sea Axe yacht support vessel ADVANTAGE leaves New Zealand
Newly refitted Damen Sea Axe ADVANTAGE leaving New Zealand - Photo by Diverse Projects
The extensively-refitted 54m Damen Sea Axe superyacht support vessel ADVANTAGE has recently left New Zealand to join its mother ship, Palmer Johnson's PJ150 VANTAGE, in Tahiti.
First Palmer Johnson 48M Carbon SuperSport KHALILAH preparing for 2016 yachting season
First Palmer Johnson 48M SuperSport KHALILAH
IMS Shipyard is currently hosting the first Palmer Johnson 48M Carbon SuperSport yacht KHALILAH for winter warranty work. This striking gold vessel boasts a distinctively futuristic design.
NINIETTE – New luxury yacht project by Palmer Johnson and Bugatti
PJ63 Niniette by Palmer Johnson and Bugatti
The new line of open carbon-fibre sport boats from 42 to 88ft in length, named NINIETTE, has been introduced by Palmer Johnson, in collaboration with Bugatti. The vessels are influenced by Bugatti’s legendary classic cars and the ground-breaking hull shape of Palmer Johnson’s SuperSport series.
Palmer Johnson Motor Yacht PJ170-03 leaves Sturgeon Bay yard
Third PJ170 Yacht by Palmer Johnson on a heavy-lift transport vessel - Photo credit to Brian Holberg
Photos of the third Palmer Johnson PJ170 yacht, leaving the Sturgeon Bay yard in Wisconsin, taken by Brian Holberg.
Eye-catching 48M Superyacht KHALILAH by Palmer Johnson
Motor yacht BW - Formal dining
A video showing the striking 48M SuperSport series motor yacht KHALILAH (PJ 48/01, PJ265), built entirely from carbon by Palmer Johnson in 2013.

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