Semi-custom yachts from 70 to 125 feet (about 21 to 38 meters) are the bread and butter of Johnson Yachts, Even though the Taiwanese builder introduced the Johnson 93 only about two years ago, it saw a compelling reason to tweak the series. Together with Bill Dixon of Dixon Yacht Design, it’s turned the yacht into a wide-beam model, with an on-deck master.
As for that beam, it measures 23’7” (7.2 meters), noticeable even as you walk forward through the interior. “Her saloon is the same width as the 90-foot boats from other builders with no walk-arounds,” points out Jeff Stanley, a broker at Gilman Yacht Sales, which serves as the U.S. East Coast dealer for Johnson.
The Johnson 93’s master (below) feels a bit larger, too, thanks to wrap-around glass. As much as the room employs substantial beam, it makes further use of available space. It’s a split-level design. The head is down from the sleeping area, by five steps. It’s a marble-soled area, additionally including plenty of space for clothes. Overall, the configuration is a nice change from the more typical country kitchen.
Very Important People will appreciate the VIP, which Johnson Yachts and Dixon liken to a second master. Stacked rectangular ports to each side, along with a breakfast nook and desk/dressing table, enhance it. The stateroom is full beam as well. As for additional guests, two twins can instead be two doubles. Furthermore, Dixon says, “we sometimes consult on additional accommodation plans.” That’s due to the semi-custom nature of the Johnson 93, which already has a few layout options overall.
A raised-pilothouse motoryacht, the Johnson 93 features light-tone anigre wood throughout, along with other welcome interior touches. For instance, the saloon has a bar with a 24-bottle wine chiller. Swivel barrel chairs accompany a coffee table here, too, topped with mother of pearl. Stainless steel countertops characterize the galley, as do stainless steel appliances. In addition, the hydraulic swim platform makes it easier to launch a tender and toys from the garage.
Because of the proven hull design, used on more than 30 Johnson 93 deliveries so far, Johnson Yachts says you can anticipate a 21-knot cruise and 24-knot top speed with Caterpillar power. That’s plenty for island hopping. Asking price: $4.3 million, duty paid.