“We’re really happy that we signed a new contract for a second SuperSport 48 last week,” Kelsey Jr. said. “It’s a great affirmation: before we’ve launched the first one, we’ve been able to sell another one. That also shows enthusiasm in the market.”
For the all-carbon composite SuperSport series of yachts, which are offered at 35, 42, 48 and 72m sizes, Palmer Johnson is working with Norwegian carbon composite specialist manufacturers Brodrene AA. Kelsey Jr. confirmed the yard is no longer building on spec, but did say the timing for the new order was in line with its preparations to start a new project.
“The timing has worked out really well for us,” he said. “We were already working on engineering for subsequent boats with the hull and superstructure manufacturer so this new order is showing us that our pacing of projects is pretty good. There’s still a bit of engineering to do for the next project but lay-up will begin very shortly, and the hull will be with us here in Sturgeon Bay early next year.”
“Now we’re just really looking forward to seeing these magnificent things out on the water,” he said. “We’re looking forward to letting everybody experience what these boats are capable of doing.”
See the forthcoming SuperyachtDesign issue Q19 for an in-depth look at the design of the SuperSport series' unique trimaran hull form.