PALMER JOHN­SON 48M SU­PERS­PORT PJ265

Hong Kong Tatler - - Boats -

This mus­cu­lar ves­sel is rev­o­lu­tion­ary, not least be­cause it’s the largest mo­tor yacht to be built en­tirely from car­bon fi­bre. Its builder set out, with­out com­pro­mise, to cre­ate a fast, sta­ble, ef­fi­cient and lux­u­ri­ously spa­cious yacht with the most dy­namic shape; you get goose bumps just look­ing at it.

Three main lines de­fine the yacht’s unique, sleek and in­cred­i­bly crisp pro­file, with curved sur­faces ev­ery­where and haunches that rise and fall dramatically. In­ter­est­ingly, the de­sign­ers pored over pic­tures of Jaguar and As­ton Martin con­cept cars for in­spi­ra­tion.

Plac­ing the an­chors in the hull be­low the wa­ter­line keeps the de­sign clean. An­other neat fea­ture are the handrails on the bow, which can be low­ered for an un­in­ter­rupted view, best ap­pre­ci­ated from the bridge. Panoramic ex­panses of glass in the sa­lon and wide living ar­eas make guests feel at one with the en­vi­ron­ment. Day­light is chan­nelled into the spa­cious crew area by a sun tun­nel.

The su­pery­acht’s wavepierc­ing bow is de­signed to re­duce slam­ming and pitch­ing in head seas. Top speed is a star­tling 32 knots and, fac­tor­ing in fuel con­sump­tion, one could cross the At­lantic at a not-too-shabby av­er­age of 16 knots. Light­weight con­struc­tion com­bined with slick lines and a highly ef­fi­cient driv­e­line make the PJ265 the most eco­nom­i­cal yacht in its class.

Two garages con­tain a seven-me­tre ten­der and three jet skis along with a drop-down “beach club” in case the yacht it­self doesn’t give you enough of an adrenalin kick.

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