The shipyard is in Taiwan but when it comes to designers, the new Johnson 115 superyacht is an all British affair.
The family owned Johnson Yachts builds luxury superyachts. Established in 1987, they have built more than 350 yachts for discerning owners who understand the importance of quality workmanship, attention to engineering detail, and performance and handling.
What sets them apart from other shipyards, is a good-looking profile, smart engineering, and a large internal volume that allows owners the flexibility to customise the interior layout.
That’s where the British design element comes into play.
Johnson Yachts always works with Dixon Yacht Design in Hamble on the Solent. It is Bill Dixon who imbues the designs with innovative features and striking exterior lines.
At their 12,600 m² facility in Kaohsiung they can simultaneously accommodate up to six vessels measuring up to 40 metres each of the design by Bill Dixon. The British design office has created a full range of yachts from 21 to 40 metres.
When it comes to the interiors. Andy Huang, President of Johnson Yachts has chosen the Fareham based Design Unlimited to design the latest in their range the all new Johnson 115 a 35-metre superyacht being built by the shipyard on speculation.
The new yacht will be a world-class superyacht, with a refined aesthetic in a completely new hull design. Available with layouts of either five or six staterooms and offering high levels of customisation. the new yacht will almost certainly catch the attention of superyacht connoisseurs in harbours around the world.
“We ‘re very excited to build our new flagship,” said Andy Huang, President of Johnson Yachts. “We’d like to create a yacht with the flexibility to accommodate owners’ needs and help their dream become reality.”
Bill Dixon has drawn a striking plumb bow that carries her volume far forward, maximising her space for her length overall. She has a tri-deck profile that has large windows, protected by bulwarks with inlaid glazing to allow improved lines of sight from the main deck. The sky lounge utilises the wraparound vertical window design that has almost become the hallmark of a Johnson Yacht.
“There are many design features on this yacht to make owning and living aboard very special,” says Bill Dixon. “Externally, there are multiple deck spaces, from the ‘Beach Club’ at the transom to the flybridge. With the walk-around upper deck, being a go-to area for owner and guests, with large leisure space forward and aft of the ‘Sky lounge.”
The sky lounge will offer the indoor-outdoor feel, opening wide to an open-air aft deck that will also shade the main deck aft. The foredeck will be a gathering area for friends and family, with a seating area that rivals those of much larger yachts.
The yacht’s interior will feature a social and comfortable saloon to welcome guests and family. There they can gather to enjoy the fresh air of the aft deck through wide-opening aft bulkhead doors, then dine together in the formal dining area forward.
As with all yachts the company builds, 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.
“We set about to define a new ‘House Style’ that Johnson Yachts could present to future customers, which would be timeless and adaptable for the future,” says Mark Tucker of Design Unlimited. “Timbers can be adjusted to suit the taste of each individual clients and then harmonised with a selection of fine finishes and materials sourced from around the world. All this can now be done with us working with the individual client and doing designs to suit their needs and visualising their developed designs for them. My design team have taken great care in selecting only the highest quality materials and ensuring every last detail has been carefully considered.”
“With the design and engineering of the Johnson 115, we offer several different design choices for the client,” says Peter Chang, General Manager of Johnson Yachts. “Whether they wish to have a flybridge, a skylounge, or a beach club, using the best of British design blended with the craftsmanship found here in Taiwan we can built the yacht they want.”
For more information about Johnson Yachts, please visit www.johnson-yachts.com
Frances and Michael Howorth are an award-winning team of travel writers specialising in coverage of luxury yachts both large and small and are our yachting correspondents.
Images courtesy of Johnson Yachts