Talking to Palmer Johnson in Singapore

Written by Maarten Janssen

"We have had good traffic, and high profile clients on out stand and on the yacht already, and even more booked in to see superyacht Vantage later on in the weekend", Palmer Johnson's Russell Morris begins, when I ask him about his experience as an exhibitor at the 2013 Singapore Yacht Show.

"We were lucky enough to have Vantage here last year as well. This is the last year that she will be here at the show, as she will soon be making a move to the Mediterranean. We did another show recently, but with a spectacular yacht such as Vantage at the show it’s just not the same".

Vantagefeatures an elegant cream coloured hull and anthracite trim. Her masculine interior features interior bulkheads and soles of rustic bleached teak, calming and soft to bare feet with deep navy dyed high gloss Zebrano accents and passage door inserts of Wenge tiles, bulkhead accents of carved Pine and Metal Composite panels adding sophistication.

The colour palette is a soothing combination of chocolate browns, creams and blues with fabrics from Aura, Nicotrend and Rubelli. Owners and guest staterooms have luxurious carpeting with ensuite bathrooms featuring striking Apavisa lava silver tile and Matrix and Crema Rosal marbles.

"We at Palmer Johnson are still learning about the Asian market, we realise that we would have to adapt our layouts of the yachts slightly. The exterior we wouldn't change, but the actual GA would. How this group of clients like to entertain on board would require us to do so, perhaps adding things such as a karaoke room, and adding some extra shade on deck. But it's still very much an educational process for us".

"We are at full swing at the yard. We will soon be shipping The first hull of the Palmer Johnson 48 SuperSport series from Norway to our yard in Sturgeon Bay, and we are also close to launching project Stimulus, and we have a second 210 in built, as well as a 170".

"There has been a lot of interest in the new Carbon Fibre series, which although is a new design, still is instantly recognizable as a Palmer Johnson. These yachts are slightly different in approach, and in thinking, with a very efficient hull form, still doing 32 knots".

To make your appointment to see Vantage at the show in Singapore today, please contact Russell Morris, or stop by the Palmer Johnson stand.

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