November 2018 – Johnson Yachts held a special press conference at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show to share this information with members of the media. The event gave more insight into the inner workings of this active builder, and showcased the new yachts outlined here. Company representatives also provided a glimpse of future projects, and delved into details and timelines for several models including the successful Johnson 80 (with 8 units delivered so far between US and Europe), the Johnson 110, and the Johnson 112.
Johnson Yachts proudly presented the latest Johnson 93, a superyacht featuring an on-deck master suite and a huge flying bridge. The 93-foot (28.36-meter), four-stateroom yacht showcases the capabilities of this established yacht yard, celebrating its 30th anniversary, but also stands as an example of the virtually limitless flexibility the builder can provide within the hull, thanks to its proven engineering.
The Johnson 93 was designed by Bill Dixon of Dixon Yacht Design. This superyacht has a beam of 23 feet, 7 inches that carries well forward, with a distinctive profile set apart by a notable.
design element: Dual-level vertical windows, which give the pilothouse and on-deck master unparalleled views and natural light.
The master stateroom greets the owners with a king-size berth on centerline with a desk or dressing table to port and a settee for lounging in solitude. A luxurious master head is forward and down five steps, and features a marble countertop, and matching marble sole.
The saloon is bright and airy with light-colored anigre joinery and large windows port and starboard. A social area aft includes an upholstered L-shaped settee and a pair of swivel chairs surrounding a mother-of-pearl coffee table. To starboard is a bar with wine cooler, ice maker, and open-shelf wine bottle stowage.
At the forward end of the salon is a formal dining table with eight upholstered chairs, convenient to the galley through a door forward to port. The galley has a marble sole and two-tone lacquered cabinets, with stainless steel counters and appliances.
“One thing to look at on the Johnson 93 are her really nice walkaround side decks,” says Jeff Stanley, the yacht broker at Gilman Yachts in Ft. Lauderdale who is the U.S. East Coast dealer for this Johnson 93. “Her saloon is the same width as the 90-foot boats from other builders with no walkarounds. It’s indicative of the volume and of this build—she’s just a bigger yacht.”
The flying bridge has access from the pilothouse, and also from stairs leading from the aft deck. The helm station is to port with low helm console that assures good lines of sight. A large U- shaped settee with dining table is to starboard while a wet bar and alfresco galley counter with propane grill is to port. An open area aft is suitable for sunning with lounge chairs.
The spacious “teak-beach” swim platform has a hydraulic aft section that facilitates bathing as well as the launch, retrieval, and stowage of a tender.
The lower deck features an amidships VIP stateroom, which stretches across the full beam, benefiting from two levels of rectangular portlights set into the hullsides. His-and-her heads are aft, entered from separate doors, and feature marble-topped vanities with a walkthrough shower on centerline. A pair of twin-berth staterooms round out the guest accommodations on the lower level. Guest heads have marble soles, vanity tops, and shower seats.
Johnson Yachts offers various layouts, as well semi-custom modifications within this superyacht design, to allow owners to make the most of the hull’s volume. An on-deck master is not often seen in yachts of this LOA, and the flexibility of the semi-custom design allows such changes as a country kitchen forward on the main deck in place of the master, or additional guest staterooms belowdecks. See this yacht in person, and gain an understanding of how Johnson Yachts does its own engineering to ensure a solid, reliable build with added features and owner modifications.
Introducing the Johnson 115: A New Superyacht Flagship
Johnson Yachts proudly unveiled the design of the Johnson 115, the builder’s new superyacht flagship. The Johnson 115 will be a completely new hull carrying the luxury appointments of a world-class yacht. Johnson Yachts has been on the leading edge of the large-volume design revolution for years and the new 115 will showcase the company’s leadership and foresight even further. With a layout of five or six staterooms and high levels of customization available, Johnson Yacht’s flagship will draw the eye of superyacht connoisseurs in harbors around the world.
“In recent years, we’ve been getting quite a few inquiries about building tri-deck superyachts,” said Andy Huang, president of Johnson Yachts. “It’s time for us to come up with a stunning new breed of yacht that will fascinate the world.” The Johnson 115 is just such a yacht, and will make an unforgettable first impression with her noteworthy exterior lines. Designed by Bill Dixon of Dixon Yacht Design, she has a striking plumb bow that carries her volume forward. In addition, her tri-deck profile is inviting with large windows, all protected by bulwarks artfully inlaid with glazing to preserve views from everywhere on board.
With an interior design created by Design Unlimited, the Johnson 115 has social areas that center on a comfortable, welcoming saloon where guests and family can intermingle and enjoy the fresh air of the afterdeck through wide-opening aft bulkhead doors on pleasant days, then come together in the formal dining area forward. As with all Johnson Yachts, the finishes and furnishings are up to the owners’ discretion and specification, and the builder pays close attention to material choices and furnishings that offer a level of sophistication worthy of a superyacht.
The Johnson 115 has no shortage of gathering places, including an urbane skylounge, a versatile foredeck area, and an inviting beach club aft. The skylounge will have unparalleled views thanks to its elevated position and large windows. This upper level also will offer a similar seamless indoor-outdoor feel, opening wide to an open-air aft deck that also shelters the main deck aft. The foredeck area is designed for anything from secluded sunning to gathering friends and family together with a seating area that rivals those of much larger yachts. Aft is a large hydraulic swim platform to bring owner and guests closer to the sea. A transom garage opens to reveal a beach club for superyacht-style entertainment. The swim platform will accommodate a 16-foot (5-meter) tender athwartships, while a garage behind the beach club can ship an 18-foot (5.5- meter) tender.
A layout encompassing five or six staterooms will welcome a full complement of guests aboard, with the privacy of separate heads and berth arrangements at the discretion of the owner. Johnson Yachts has vast experience managing the engineering and mechanical aspects of the yacht so prospective owners merely have to concern themselves with choosing the look and feel of the spaces where they will enjoy their time aboard.
Johnson 70: Entry-Level Superyacht
Say hello to the Johnson 70. As discerning yacht buyers know, Johnson Yachts has had success for 30 years by building yachts that are an interior-volume upgrade from most of the market. The result is an interior that factors the space needs of family and guests into the design, while also maintaining a high standard of engineering for the yacht. The combination results in comfort for all aboard in terms of space and also with the peace of mind in knowing the yacht is built as she should be.
The Johnson 70 is designed by Bill Dixon of Dixon Yacht Design to provide much of the superyacht experience in a manageable LOA. With an available skylounge or an open flying bridge, the Johnson 70 shows the same level of customization as the rest of the Johnson line, encouraging owner input on the design of the accommodations, as well as the helm area, the saloon, dining area, and galley. Three- and four-stateroom layouts are available on the lower deck of this sleek yacht, capitalizing on the wide beam. Yachtsmen can request a skylounge to preclude the need for a lower helm, and the result is truly a blank canvas on which they can work with Johnson to create the shared spaces of their dreams. A fishing cockpit can increase the yacht’s flexibility as each build in the series is expected to be set apart from thosebefore.
“We want to create a new line of yacht that sets the trend rather than follows it,” said Peter Chang, general manager of Johnson Yachts. “With the design and engineering of the Johnson 70, we have a yacht designed to be versatile, and yet will still fit the description of an entry-level superyacht!”