Palmer Johnson PJ135: Plus Two is One Graceful Beauty
Palmer Johnson Yachts launched its first rowing skiffs and commercial fishing boats in 1918 from their shipyard at Sturgeon Bay, WI. Tucked into the Door County Peninsula, spanning both sides of the Sturgeon Bay ship canal, the company is approaching a century of shipbuilding and couldn’t be prouder of of recent launches, the PJ135 Plus Too among them. From the PJ135 Sports Yacht semi-custom line, this clean curve of grace and beauty was launched in 2008, but continues to turn heads with her 134’10″/41.10 m hull and sweeping superstructure, sculpted from aluminum and wrapped with a stylish wave of glazing.
Designed by the Italian hand of Nuvolari & Lenard, Plus Too accommodates 12 guests in five cabins, attended by 7 crew. A semi displacement deep V hull that looks fast even at anchor, Plus Too runs to 30 knots, cruising at 25, achieving a 1,000 nm range. Larger and faster than the PJ 120s, she is every bit as nimble and beautiful but with a larger sun deck, a spacious flybridge, and Jacuzzi. The Castoldi jet tender ensures guests will enjoy the snorkel gear, fishing gear, water skis, towables, and sea pool to maximum effect.
Her 27’55” ft/8.4 m beam makes for a spacious master that reaches port to starboard amidships on the lower deck. A private study, dual baths, and walk in closet complete the suite. Two double cabins and two twins, each outfitted with a Pullman berth, allow everyone comfortable, well-appointed quarters. Light woods in floors and joinery, embellished with silver hardware, complement clean, contemporary interiors. Lighting and fixtures are simple and strategic, doing their jobs elegantly while contributing to the contemporary interior style. All cabins have en suite baths, porthole windows, and furnishings that echo the master suite.
The main deck stretches out to accommodate a sunbathing area fully aft, with lounge seating and pleasant al fresco dining forward, leading into the salon amidships. Light woods and joinery, with white leather sofas and chairs contrast with chocolate soft furnishings against light walls and ceilings accented in ebony. The sun deck is generously equipped with sun pads around the Jacuzzi, offering some of the best panoramic sea views on the yacht from posh cushions.
Hans Johnson and Herman Gmack, the founders of Palmer Johnson, would be so proud to know that every Palmer Johnson yacht ever built is still afloat today. With the 100th anniversary coming up in 2018, Plus Too is poised to begin a second century of tradition with all the benefits that come with the experience of this established and respected yacht builder. Chartering weekly for approximately $152,000 (€135,000) plus expenses.