Sailing superyachts took a dramatic turn in the early 2000s. Racing technology advanced, changing mast structures, letting thousands of square feet of sails unfurl in seconds, and more. It was exciting… but expensive, especially if the owners participated in just one or two events a year. Fewer purely cruising-oriented yachts sprang from design boards, too.
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
Taiwan’s Johnson Yachts is growing its lineup, above the 100-foot (30.5-meter) mark. Meet the Johnson 115, its largest megayacht, as well as its first trideck. Johnson Yachts teased the new flagship over the summer. At the time, Andy Huang, the shipyard president, explained that several inquiries arose about bigger boats. Not only did customers and
While her name may be Mini Y, there’s nothing “mini” about this custom sailing superyacht in her owner’s eyes. Newly delivered by Baltic Yachts, the 85-footer (26-meter) is the perfect size for sailing short-handed. In fact, she’s currently making her way from Baltic’s home of Finland to her home port of Southampton, England. According to Baltic
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
Reinforcing its focus on large yachts and expansion into megayachts, Pearl Yachts has a larger model debuting later this year. The Pearl 95 builds upon customer feedback, especially from smaller sisters, as well as the amenities other clients want to see. The Pearl 95, premiering at September’s Cannes Yachting Festival, measures nearly 96 feet (29.2