Palmer Johnson 135' "Dragon"Slaying the Seven Seas Review by Capt. Chuck Gnaegy Dragon, the fine lady herself making her U.S. debut, flaunts a spirited, highly artistic quality which sets her apart from other luxury yachts, both inside and out. The 2nd new launch in PJ’s Sport Yacht series, her sweeping 135’ exterior design is so advanced – she is Showtime personified. As an outstanding, even iconic, luxury yacht, Dragon will likely become a much imitated model of exterior and interior design. Perhaps a surrogate Mona Lisa, as it were, admired and coveted by every viewer at the first ardent glimpse of her 21st Century smile. First in this Palmer Johnson advanced series was Waverunner, shown at Cannes and Monaco; but vastly different in color and surpassed in interior design by the scintillating Dragon. Dragon is actually the dreamwork of Palmer-Johnson president Mike Kelsey, who suffered a serious knee injury at MIBS, but remained on-hand to greet a seemingly endless line of guests. In between, Mike took time to share PJ's sport yacht philosophy and in particular, Dragon's build. Mike’s father, Mike Kelsey Sr. is largely credited with developing Palmer Johnson into a megayacht legend. Mike Jr. had been an employee of the company for many years. Prior to his departure during some difficult financial years for the company, he vowed to return to the yacht building business due to his concern for the workers in Sturgeon Bay. For more than 150 years, these craftsmen launched ships into the Great Lakes, finishing over 250 boats with the skills and expertise that has made Palmer Johnson into an American icon. Mike Jr. seized the opportunity to purchase and expand Palmer Johnson's in the early 2000’s and turn Palmer Johnson back into one of America's premier yacht builders. Mike Jr. is credited with resurrecting the company and arranging the financial restructuring that has allowed Palmer Johnson to continue building on its successes, elevating his company to the top rank it deserves.