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Palmer Johnson 84 / 26m (1968 / 2020)

499,000 USD

  • LENGTH 26m
  • BEAM 18.1ft
  • MAX DRAUGHT 9.6ft
  • BUILDER Palmer Johnson
  • DESIGNER Timken and Dunham
  • MAX SPEED (KT) 10
  • CABINS 3
  • DISPLACEMENT 168,000 Lbs
  • LYING Phuket - Thailand

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FIREBIRD, named after the Firebird Opera by Stravinsky, was built as a classic world cruising yacht with exceptional Palmer Johnson pedigree. At the time of her launch in 1966, FIREBIRD became the largest aluminum sailing yacht in the world. She boasts an impressive record of three circumnavigations, including voyages to the Antarctic and Arctic regions. FIREBIRD offers easy handling with roller furling sails and a deep keel for stability. In 2007, her mast was removed and inspected, and a full service of components and furlers was performed.

This Palmer Johnson 84 Ketch started her refit program in 2015 that continues for five years. This over $1 million refit included an incredible full teak interior refresh that revolutionized the yacht. The craftsmanship demonstrated on her interior is a work of art that isn’t seen on yachts in this day and age. FIREBIRD is a beautiful example of tradition combined with a modern elegance that will amaze guests as they take the time to admire the intricate detailing.

Stepping down from the center cockpit is the pilothouse and navigation table in a protected setting. Opening portholes and a semi-circular sofa make this a dry, safe haven should you find yourself in inclement conditions. Stepping down further, you will enter the stunning main salon and galley. The open-concept design allows guests to move about easily and enjoy conversation from any area of the salon. The teak detailing is conspicuous, adorning every corner of the interior. There are two seating areas, with the portside area convertible to a daybed/sea berth. Forward of the salon is a guest cabin, and further forward is crew accommodations.

FIREBIRD’s versatile guest accommodation layout allows for up to nine total guests when the salon daybed is used. The master suite features a queen-size bed and is accessed via a private staircase. The master suite opens to the aft leisure cockpit, which acts as a private space for guests to enjoy. The port guest stateroom contains two single bunks and plenty of storage space. Forward is the crew accommodations, which feature three berths, a double and two singles. En-suite bathrooms accompany each cabin, ensuring guests maintain privacy during their time onboard.

The Palmer Johnson’s exterior design is purposeful, classic and elegant. She showcases a gently rising sheerline, high bow and canoe stern typical of a real ocean-going yacht. FIREBIRD will turn heads at any marina, welcoming onlookers to admire her expertly constructed exterior. The yacht’s pure and straightforward decks ensure an uncluttered atmosphere. Her center cockpit is deep and well-protected and is a safe space to be in while underway. The leisure cockpit aft is a lovely area with wrap-around seating that follows the shape of the canoe stern. Guests can enjoy the alfresco lifestyle and watch the passing scenery of the cruising grounds. The extended hardtop from the pilothouse and the awning over the aft leisure cockpit offer shade when underway. At anchor, three more awnings create a huge shaded main deck with space for lounge chairs, a hammock and an 8’ dining table.


A spectacular timber interior making for a very comfortable vessel
Many systems have been rebuilt or replaced
High quality Aluminum hull from renowned builder Palmer Johnson



  • Model: Palmer Johnson 84
  • Yacht Type: Sail Boats


  • Length Overall: 26m (84.0ft)
  • Beam: 18.1ft
  • Max Draught: 9.6ft
  • Displacement: 168,000 Lbs


  • Builder: Palmer Johnson
  • Year of Build: 1968
  • Hull Type: Monohull

Performance & Capacities

  • Max Speed: 10 knots
  • Cruising Speed: 8 knots
  • Range (nm): 2,500 nm
  • Fuel Capacity: 2,300 Gal
  • Water Capacity: 5,000


  • Year: 1968
  • Model: GM 8V-71
  • Engine Number:
  • Total Power: 320 HP


  • Hull: Aluminum
  • Deck: Teak


☑ Separate master cabin aft with access to centre cockpit and aft leisure cockpit
☑ Highfield 3.1m tender with Yamaha 15HP outboard
☑ Undoubtable seaworthiness; they don’t make them like this anymore!
☑ Practical layout and ease of sail handling

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