2006 Private Preview: Palmer Johnson 150

When it was introduced in the late 1960s, the raised-pilothouse design for semidisplacement yachts was a welcome alternative to flush-deck and bridge-deck family cruisers, and by the end of the 1970s, it dominated the profile of yachts measuring 70 to 130 feet. However, more than a quarter century passed without anyone updating the design, until Carlo Nuvolari and Dan Lenard sketched for Palmer Johnson what will be, at 150 feet, the world’s largest raised-pilothouse motor yacht. Their design integrates the pilothouse with the sky deck living spaces so well that the yacht could almost be considered a trideck, which is the intention. Palmer Johnson wants this yacht to depart from the traditional raised-pilothouse profile.



The $30 million 150 will appear as though it could be ridden to the moon, and with its 11,250 hp powerplant, this will be nearly possible. Although this is going to be a semicustom yacht, Palmer Johnson will offer various power options. The builder is fitting hull number one with triple MTU 16V4000s, which promise a 35-mph cruising speed and a top speed of 40 mph. Her Don Blount–designed hull could go even faster with turbines.

The lower deck will have a master suite, as well as four spacious guest cabins amidships that take advantage of the 28-foot beam. The main deck will begin aft with a covered outdoor living/dining room snuggled between the lower curves of the superstructure. This area will transition to an indoor lounge with glass wall panels and sliding doors and a bar that is half indoors and half out. Forward of the lounge and informal dining area, an open staircase will lead up half a deck to the pilothouse and then to a mezzanine terrace that will function as an observation lounge between the pilothouse and the semicovered sky deck.


Palmer Johnson, 920.743.4412, www.palmerjohnson.com

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