On the verge of delivering a 170 SportYacht (above) and 48 SuperSport (below), Palmer Johnson has signed new contracts for each megayacht model.
The contract for the 170 SportYacht is for the third yacht in that series. The name refers to the LOA in feet, or about 52 meters. The first one was DB 9, delivered in . The second is Bliss (pictured), just launched a few weeks ago. Styling and interior design of the 170 SportYacht is by Nuvolari-Lenard. Palmer Johnson permits buyers to customize the interior and some elements of the exterior. The owners of Bliss took advantage of that. Their 170 SportYacht has a hardtop, with smoked-glass insets aft to partially enclose it.
Palmer Johnson has not indicated whether the new 170 SportYacht will have a hardtop or be open. However, beam is set at 31’2” (9.5 meters). The megayacht can accommodate up to a party of 12. Top speed should exceed 30 knots, thanks to MTU 16V 4000 M93L engines. Construction will be all aluminum, and gross tonnage will be less than 500.
As for the 48 SuperSport, the contract is for the second yacht in that range. The model name refers to the LOA in meters, which is about 158 feet. The first one is being delivered soon. Besides looking dramatically different, the 48 SuperSport has an entirely different hull design and construction materials. The hull is a wavepiercer, chosen for its advantages in cruising comfort and efficiency. Wavepiercers have fine bows, which don’t pitch the way that traditional monohulls can. As for the construction, the 48 SuperSport is all carbon fiber. Palmer Johnson says that translates to a 20-ton weight savings.
Palmer Johnson has not revealed specifics on the new contract. However, some details from the first 48 SuperSport likely will be the same. She’s expected to top out at 32 knots, with twin MTU 16V 2000 M94s. At that same speed, fuel burn should be 264 gph (1,000 lph). The 48 SuperSport has a full-beam owner’s suite with floor-to-ceiling glass, the latter of which characterizes the entire main deck. The owner’s suite further has a fold-down balcony. The skylounge is nearly enrobed in glass, too. The all-important beach club is yet another feature. Gross tonnage is less than 500.