If the idea of a so-called entry-level megayacht capable of a top speed close to 30 knots appeals to you, you have something in common with Johnson Yachts. The Taiwan-based builder recently wrapped up sea trials for the Johnson 80, reporting a cruising speed of 19 knots and a max of 27 knots. It’s all thanks to naval architecture by Dixon Yacht Design and twin 1,550-hp MAN engines.
The 80-foot (244-meter) Johnson 80 is a new semi-custom series that shares some styling features with its bigger sisters. Within that styling, for instance, you’ll find a handful of vertical windows forward. This helps to lighten and brighten the main-deck lounging and dining spaces. The owner of the first Johnson 80 selected a pretty traditional layout, with a saloon aft and a dining area just forward. The overall atmosphere is quite comfortable, especially thanks to two ottomans in the saloon that can double as extra seating.
Further keeping things pretty casual, this Johnson 80 has a country kitchen fully forward. The prep island is also a breakfast bar, accompanied by a big L-shape dinette. Between the bank of ports forward and the marble countertops, the chef has a nice area in which to work. The 20’8” (6.3-meter) beam helps, too.
Since the country kitchen is on the main deck, the owner of this Johnson 80 has a stateroom below decks, along with all guests. Very Important Guests get the forward stateroom, with an island berth. Two double cabins accommodate other friends and family. On a related note, you can choose twins or add a Pullman to these guest staterooms.
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