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November 11, 2015

Last Production Yacht Leaves Palmer Johnson’s Sturgeon Bay Yard

A few months ago we reported that venerable American motor yacht builder, Palmer Johnson Yachts, was to be closing its Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, shipyard and will be moving its manufacturing facilities to the Netherlands.

The last “Made in America” Palmer Yacht recently left its former Sturgeon Bay yard. According to Superyacht Times, “the third and final hull of the PJ170 aluminum SportYacht was loaded onto a heavy-lift transport vessel, to be moved to an as yet unknown facility.”

Moving the last PJ170 is the final operation at Sturgeon Bay, and sounds the death knell for the Wisconsin facility. Moving forward, all production of Palmer Yachts will be down at their new shipyard in the Netherlands. Palmer Johnson has said that first up at the new production facility will be the completion of hull number two of the PJ48 carbon SuperSport series. The PJ48 was being built in Palmer Johnson’s Norway facility.

More on Palmer Johnson Yachts  

Palmer Johnson began building wooden fishing boats in 1918. Today, they have come far from those humble beginnings to be leaders in the luxury custom mega yacht market.

Palmer Johnson specializes in high performance, advanced marine technology, and breathtaking designs such as the Palmer Johnson PJ 210 sport yacht.


Palmer Johnson has a reputation of excellence and innovation. Palmer Johnson has pioneered many firsts in its history, such as the largest built aluminum US yacht, the first expedition yacht, the first MCA compliant yacht and the first gas turbine powered vessels.

Palmer Johnson will surely be missed by the residents and economy of Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin, however, the company reiterated that the reason for relocating to Europe is strictly commercial, “and is in no way a reflection of its workforce in Sturgeon Bay who have for decades consistently produced the quality for which Palmer Johnson yachts are known.”


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