Hundreds of highly-skilled jobs in the Midwest are going the way of the dodo bird with the announcement today that ultra-respected US yacht builder Palmer Johnson is shutting the doors of its historic, sprawling Sturgeon Bay, WI location to relocate to the Netherlands. The move, claimed to be part of the yard’s ‘strategic plan’ of increasing production of the horribly ugly SuperSport series, is likely due to a combination of high US taxes and the strong US dollar, making exports far more expensive to non Americans than at any time in recent memory; is the market for foul-looking motor pigs a lot bigger on the Riviera and Far East than in the States?
SA’s editorial staff will forever remember PJ along with the fond memories of a gorgeous alloy cruising ketch named Whisper, built with a 4-person teak hot tub under the forward cabin’s queen-size bunk. A sweet-sailing machine and an objet d’art wrapped up in a home-size, aluminium package. RIP. Talkback.