TAIWANESE SUPERYACHT BUILDER Johnson Yachts recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, as construction continues on the Johnson 115, its new flagship. Alongside, the latest Johnson 70 also nears completion. The Johnson 115 will continue the builder’s focus on large-volume yachts, a trend they helped to launch from its very first models. The Johnson 115 advances the idea, with layouts of five or six staterooms and high levels of customisation available.
The new Johnson 70 welcomes owners to the excitement of custom construction and built-to-order design. The boat makes the most of its overall length and capitalises on an 18-foot, 3-inch (5.56-metre) beam to offer a choice of three or four staterooms.
From left: Andy Huang and Peter Chang, President and General Manager, respectively.
Both these new models benefit from the ongoing relationship with UK-based Dixon Yacht Design, in which Bill Dixon lends his refined sensibility to the exterior lines, with a look that succinctly captures the excitement of the future, while simultaneously adhering to the romance of the past. Johnson Yachts also works with Design Unlimited, a British atelier that has a unique understanding of interior space, using finishes, textures, colours and layout to draw the eye and unfold the senses in all directions.
Both these design firms work with Johnson’s in-house staff, which comprise four full-time members of the design team and six in the engineering group. The yard has always paid close attention to seakeeping and handling. In each series build, the customisation available is virtually unlimited, because the design team lays out its specific engineering requirements. Engine rooms and mechanical spaces are never compromised, and careful attention is paid to weight distribution to ensure the yachts perform and handle within the yard’s acceptable parameters.
Johnson Yachts has a state-of-the-art yard measuring 12,600 square metres (135,600 square feet) that can work on up to six 130-foot yachts simultaneously. The yard has two test pools for initial testing of all equipment, as well as four bridge cranes for lifting heavy equipment. The yard is just 400 metres away (less than a quarter mile) from the nearest marina, which makes it very easy to launch yachts and conduct sea trials.
Johnson Yachts also offers professional repair, refit, and maintenance services for marine vessels of all types. The yard has master carpenters, electrical technicians, hardware installers, and a fully-staffed hull and paint department priding itself on its skills and experience necessary to accept all kinds of service jobs from clients worldwide.