It’s Palmer Johnson’s World – The Yacht

July 3, 2009 by Yachtie
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The new yacht project PJ World by American Palmer Johnson Yachts and Italian superyacht designers Nuvolari & Lenard is certainly getting some interest from the luxury yacht media at present. That’s because yacht enthusiasts see the large and modern explorer style motor yacht as being worthwhile.

Superyacht PJ World has been designed for greater fuel and energy efficiency in keeping with current ecologically ‘green’ trends in yacht design. Her hybrid propulsion system offers captains a variety of power options and the possibility to adjust the use of mains and auxiliaries according to speed requirements and weather conditions.

Other benefits include better maneuverability and reduced vibrations and noise level, which help with the yacht’s “Clean Class” notification. Dynamic Positioning ensures the yacht can visit environmentally restricted or sensitive areas where it can moor without anchors or chains.

Palmer Johnson recently delivered hull four in its 135 series but also released details of a very different project-the PJ World. This new design is a drastic departure from Palmer Johnson’s sporty aluminum line, which renewed and reinvigorated the Wisconsin brand a few years ago.

In the works for months now, this concept of a high-tech ocean voyager designed for yachtsmen seeking to go the distance onboard a vessel with limited environmental impact, joins an existing trend of expedition-style vessels but takes it yet farther. The 267’ PJ World, an Ice Class six-deck vessel, designed by Nuvolari & Lenard, is based on a Rolls Royce UT hull fitted with a Diesel-Electric Azipull Propulsion system.

Rolls Royce launched the UT design in the mid-1970s as platforms for supply and multipurpose service vessels, coastal patrol vessels and ships used for drilling, storage and production. The Azipull Propulsion system, developed in Norway (where PJ acquired the Flekkefjord Slipp & Maskinfabrikk’s shipyard,) started as an application for tankers and ferries, but generated a lot of interest in the yachting world.

Accommodations include a tri-level panoramic master suite, with bedroom lounge and office quarters on the fourth and fifth decks and a sixth-deck private sundeck with Jacuzzi. A true heli deck with hanger and a garage large enough to house a submarine and state-of-the-art security devices ensure that owners can cruise the world’s ocean in safety and quickly return to shore from any remote destination.

The Italians Nuvolari & Lenard also created the PJ on its sports line yacht designs. They have given the superyacht a sprawling aft deck with a pool, which recalls somewhat that of Alfa Nero, which they created for Oceanco. Being a serious explorer yacht her aft deck gives ample clearance for a helicopter to land in all safety on an elevated platform.

Motor Yacht World PJ Yacht Specifications

LOA: 267’
Beam: 48’
Draft: 13’
Fuel: 68,705
Water: 21,140
Main engine: diesel electric propulsion, medium speed 4-stroke Rolls Royce Bergen C25 type 2000kW @ 1,000 rpm, 6 cylinders
Maximum recommended speed: 16.5 knots

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