The sixth in a series of Palawans commissioned by the IBM CEO Tom Watson Jr.
Sparkman and Stephens designed her to accommodate the kind of cruising he wanted as he headed into his 70’s. A required a yacht that would comfortably carry extended family but still be able to sail single-handed around the world.
Watson achieved the last of his big three sailing dreams aboard and wrote:
“For me, sailing into the lagoon at Deception was the climax of a project that had been in the making for many years. The event that triggered it began on November 26, 1970, when I awoke in the night with a modest pain in my left side, I thought it was a touch of indigestion, drank some water and went back to sleep. … Shortly, I found myself in the Greenwich (Conn.) hospital. One month later I was discharged, having recovered from a moderate heart attack. As a result, my life priorities were completely rearranged. Being able one day to sit on my front porch in Greenwich, look down at the boat at the dock, and say, “Well Palawan_, we’ve done it all,” would mean the fulfillment of my third dream cruise … to follow Magellan’s track to his Strait” Yachting – September 1986
|Designer:||Sparkman & Stephens|
|Type of Boat:|
|Built By:||Abeking & Rasmussen, Bremen, Germany|
|LOA m / ft:||18.4m / 60'4"|
|LOD m / ft:||18.4m / 60'4"|
|LWL m / ft:||13.35m / 43'8"|
|Beam m / ft:||4.54m / 14'9"|
|Draft m / ft:||2.28m / 7'5"|
|Sail Stats||Sail area: 1,390 sq.ft.|
|S&S Design No: 2458|