BY APB Staff on 24 Apr 2019

The new Johnson is 110ft (33.5m) long and exemplifies the Taiwanese yard's adaptability to owners' needs

The latest model from Taiwan superyacht yard Johnson Yachts has an additional level of luxury: a skylounge with unparalleled views, a large entertaining area with galley and dayhead, and plenty of open deck space aft.

The Johnson 110 Skylounge has a fibreglass hull and superstructure, built from a design using the yard’s in-house naval architecture and engineering. The yacht’s exterior lines were drawn by Bill Dixon at Dixon Yacht Design, who added a third level to the vertical window arrays that set Johnson Yachts apart. The smoked-glass windows adorn the main deck and pilothouse, and also the skylounge level.

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“The Johnson 110 Skylounge certainly looks like a Johnson Yacht,” said Andy Huang, president of Johnson Yachts. “And since we have the capabilities to build a yacht to the owners’ standards, that also meets our high standards for seakeeping and performance, the 110 Skylounge will also feel like one of our yachts at sea and throughout the interior.”

The skylounge is the distinctive design feature of this yacht, and it makes the most of the upper deck, providing world-class views and onboard comforts to a large party. An L-shaped settee is starboard opposite a bar-style galley counter. The helm is forward, with the command station served by a pair of seats. Abaft the portside galley is the dayhead. A wide-open aft deck area is suitable for loose lounge chairs or a dining table, and provides a long overhang to shade the aft deck.

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The entertainment area on the main deck consists of a lounge area situated aft with an L-shaped settee to port facing a popup flatscreen TV. Wide doors open the space wide to the aft deck, where a transom settee and loose chairs welcome guests to a large dining table. Stairs lead to a broad teak beach swim platform that raises and lowers hydraulically to launch a RIB tender. Back inside, the formal dining area forward seats the full guest complement of ten, while a large commercial-grade galley is situated forward to port, with plenty of room for the chef and crew to prepare meals and snacks.

A pilothouse means the operation of the yacht is set out of sight of the guests, allowing them to relax at sea and enjoy exciting ports of call, while a fully integrated helm means the skipper will be able to monitor all ship’s systems from this command center.

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For accommodations, the Johnson 110 Skylounge features the owners’ suite on the main deck, where a berth is situated to make the most of the lines of sight provided panoramic views forward out the large windows. A settee and his-and-her dressing tables allow the owners a modicum of solitude to catch up on e-mail or get ready for a glamorous evening. Johnson situates the master head forward, where double sinks, separate shower and head compartments, and large hanging lockers all preserve the view yet still enhance the luxury accommodation.

Belowdecks are four additional staterooms. The amidships VIP is designed for special guests and uses the yacht’s full beam with large hullside windows. The stateroom has a queen-sise centerline berth flanked by a settee and desk or dressing table. On many yachts this size, such a stateroom would serve as the master, and this one would easily be up to the task, with separate his-and-her heads, each offering access to a centerline shower.

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Forward, another stateroom is situated abaft the bow sections, and therefore uses more of the beam and benefits from large hullside windows port and starboard, as well as a private head. Between these two full-width staterooms are two more staterooms, one with a double berth and one with a twin, each en suite and situated to either side of the center passageway.

Johnson Yachts has an understanding of its yachts’ engineering needs, and so can design custom accommodations layouts to maximise the yacht’s 23-foot, 7-inch (7.19-metre) beam without compromising performance or handling. Johnson was an early adopter of large-volume hull forms, and has experience making them run well and handle as a yacht of this size should.

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The Johnson 110 Skylounge is powered by a pair of 1,925-horsepower Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesels, giving her a top speed of 22 knots. To improve onboard comfort under way and at anchor, the yacht is fitted with ABT zero-speed fin stabilisers and a Seakeeper 35 gyro stabiliser.

The Johnson 110 Skylounge is another example of the capabilities of this superyacht yard, but it should also inspire potential buyers to come up with their own modifications to start the discussion about ideas that capitalise on the volume of the yachts and the skills of the engineering and design teams at Johnson Yachts.