First Palmer Johnson PJ63 dayboat in build at Latitude Yachts
by Chris Jefferies
American yard Palmer Johnson has teamed up with Latitude Yachts of Latvia to build the first hull in a new series of day boats called PJ63. Measuring 19.4 metres LOA, this carbon-hulled speedster features the classic Palmer Johnson design of a sleek monohull with stabilising sponsons on either side.
The yard explains that this design allows for a broad 6.3 metre beam, resulting in the largest open deck in its class, without compromising on performance. Meanwhile, the fine-entry prow will ensure no slamming or deck spray, even in a head sea.
Both open and hardtop versions of the PJ63 will be made available, while the main deck layout includes a pair of sun pads and two large dinettes split by a wide central companionway.
Below decks, the PJ63 will feature a lower dinette to port and a galley and day heads to starboard, while accommodation is provided in a full-beam owner’s cabin amidships, a VIP double cabin in the bows and a single crew cabin back aft.
Power will come from a triple Volvo Penta IPS600 pod drive engines, giving the PJ63 a sporty top speed of 36 knots.
Palmer Johnson adds that construction of the first hull has begun in Riga, with Latitude Yachts working to CE Category B standards. The final outfitting is due to take place in Italy ahead of a planned June 2017 launch.