Brightside was designed by Frans Maas, a Danish Naval Architect and built by Palmer
Johnson to withstand the closest scrutiny. It was totally rebuilt in the mid nineties and in
many ways surpasses the original with all new systems and (oversized) deck gear and
hardware. Her sleek lines and gleaming black hull are certain to be a head turner in any
harbor. The interior was well finished more inline with the early S&S swans that Palmer
Johnson was importing and finishing out at the time. Hull form is... tumblehome, small
stern,. Nice skeg rudder... the bottom looks like the Swans of the era as well. This is a
first class yacht in every respect.
BRIGHTSIDE Palmer Johnson 36 1974 4 people TBD Camden, Maine $3200/wk


Design Palmer Johnson
Designer Franz Maas
Palmer Johnson (Standfast Yachts (NED)
in collaboration with Nauter
of Finland, builder of the Swan sailboats.
Hull Construction Fiberglass
Year Built 1974
Rigging Masthead Sloop
LOA 36.0’ / 10.97m
LWL 29.00’ / 8.84m
Beam 12.33’ / 3.76m
Draft 6.75’ / 2.06m
Displacement 17,200 lbs.
Weight NA
Ballast 7,000lbs.
Engine 28 hp Volvo diesel, cruise at 5.5 knots
Sail Area 376 sq ft foresail, 258 sq ft mainsail
Water Capacity 50 US Gallons
Fuel Capacity 20 US Gallons
Holding Tank NA US Gallons

Accommodates with comfort, a family of four.

The interior is full-varnished teak with an oiled teak cabin sole. It has a teak dining table. Forward is a 6’4” V berth with filler to form a double; below the V berth and the insert there is storage in lockers. It has a shower adjacent to the head. There is also a hand held shower in the cockpit.  Brightside has at least one berth 6'7"
Between the foc’sle cabin and the main salon is the head. It has toilet with holding tank, sink, and storage bins. It has hot and cold pressurized water. There is a good-sized hanging locker.
Next aft is the main cabin with settee benches on port and starboard with storage behind the seat backs. There are also “pilot” berths on both sides of the main salon.
Further aft and to port is the L shaped galley with gimballed 3 burner Force 10 stainless steel CNG stove with oven, and a single basin stainless steel sink with pressurized hot and cold water, a large ice box, and good storage and counter space. Next to the sink is a folding counter that increases the available counter space. The galley is fully outfitted with dishes, pots and pans, and silverware.
Opposite the galley on the starboard side is the navigation station, with desk, instruments and electrical panels. There are several drawers under the nav station that contain additional cooking items. There is also storage under the nav station seat.
Next aft are two quarter berths, extra long, singles to port and starboard. There is additional storage under both berths.
There is Nicro solar day/night vent over the head; three large opening overhead hatches The deck is flush. Light comes through the hatches. Cloth mosquito screens can be snapped into place over all hatch openings.


Comfortable seating for 4 with bench teak seats on port and starboard and a seat in the
stern for helmsman. Teak gratings in the cockpit.


Wired for 12 Volt DC Service, 2 batteries, switch panel with breakers, 50 amp alternator,
12 Volt charging port, High water alarm, and battery charge level monitoring system.


Lighted 4 inch binnacle mounted compass, depth and speed instruments visible from the
ICOM fixed mounted VHF radio, Raymarine chart plotter mounted at navigation station


28 hp Volvo Diesel engine with easy access from cabin
• Stainless steel water heater
• Edson pedestal wheel steering on wheel to cable radial drive on rudder post
• Electric bilge pump
• Water temperature gauge, tachometer, voltage meter, all viewed from helm,
• Cruise at 5.5 knots at 2,500 rpm.
Sails and Rigging
Through deck mast with stainless steel rod rigging.
• Self tailing primary winches
• Self tailing halyard winches
• Hood fully battened mail sail with lazyjacks
• Sails 130% Genoa
• Harken roller furling
• Running back stays

Hull & Deck

Solid fiberglass hull with black awlgrip finish, fiberglass deck areas. Exterior teak is
• Stainless steel bow and stern rails
• Double life lines with stainless steel stanchions
• Gates port and starboard aft
• Stainless Steel anchor pulpit
• Wheel steering
• Cushions throughout in good condition
• Cockpit dodger with large windows
• 3 Fenders
• 4 Dock lines
• Stainless steel charcoal grill
• 2 fire Extinguishers
• Life sling
• Horseshoe life ring
• 6 PFDs
• Horn and fog bell
• safety flare kit
• harnesses
• 30 lb. CQR anchor with chain and rode stored in foc’sl
• 18 lb. Danforth with 12 feet of chain and 150 feet of rope in forward anchor
• RIB Achilles 10 foot dinghy with oars, fits four persons

USB plug in

None, though can plug into 12 volt charger with USB adapter.



Camden, Maine