Johnson Yachts, the Taiwanese superyacht builder, has announced that it is soon to begin to construction of its 32.5m flagship vessel, the Johnson 115. Upon completion, the flagship 115, which will be the yard’s largest vessel to date, will be the eighth 30m-plus Johnson Yachts vessel since its first project in 2007.

“We’re very excited to build our new flagship in this 115-footer,” comments 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”.

The Johnson 115’s exterior profile was designed by Bill Dixon of Dixon Yacht Design and features a plumb bow that carries the vessels volume forward in order to maximise her space relative to the LOA. The tri-deck profile has large windows that are protected by bulwarks with inlaid glazing to allow improved lines of sight from the main deck. The sky lounge has been designed to create an ‘indoor-outdoor’ feel, opening wide to an open-air aft deck that will also serve as a shade for the main deck aft.  

“There are many design features on this yacht to make owning and living aboard very special,” says 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 owners and guests, with large leisure space forward and aft of the sky lounge.”

Johnson 115 sky lounge

The interior design of the 115 was penned by Design Unlimited and may feature five or six stateroom arrangement depending on client preference.

“We set out 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 client 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. Design Unlimited 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,” adds Peter Chang, general manager of Johnson Yachts. “Whether they wish to have a flybridge, a sky lounge or a beach club, we can build the yacht they want.”

According to The Superyacht Agency, Johnson Yachts delivered its first superyacht, 31.4m Diamond Girl, in 2007. Since 2007 the yard has delivered a further six vessels, only three of which have been within the last 10 years. Indeed, the period from 2007-2009, which saw the yard deliver four superyachts is the only period in the yard’s history that is has delivered at least one project in three consecutive years, including two (a company record) in 2008. Having delivered 34.1m Mitan in 2018 and with the 115 scheduled for delivery in 2019, this would be only the second time there have been deliveries in consecutive years. However, given that the project is not yet under construction, it seems unlikely that scheduled delivery time will be met.

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