Johnson Yachts to begin construction of new model

Johnson Yachts recently announced the introduction of the Johnson 70, a new model that will help welcome new owners to custom construction and built-to-order design. 

This new model shows the same level of customization as the rest of the Johnson line, encouraging owner input on the design of the accommodations, as well as the helm area, the saloon, dining area, and galley. In addition, the flexibility of the design will allow either an open flying bridge or an enclosed skylounge, enhancing the onboard living space to suit the needs of each owner.

“With our proven engineering, we have the flexibility to accommodate their needs, and can work with each owner to create a unique Johnson 70,” said Andy Huang, president of Johnson Yachts. “Every yacht owner knows his or her needs far better than we do—but we can build a Johnson 70 to suit each one of them, and create something special. We’re very excited to get the word out about the Johnson 70.”

The Johnson 70 features an exterior design by Bill Dixon of Dixon Yacht Design to provide much of the superyacht experience in a manageable LOA. Should yachtsmen request a skylounge, the layout precludes the need for a lower helm, and the result is truly a single-level blank canvas on which yacht owners can work with Johnson to create the shared spaces they’ve always wanted. A fishing cockpit can increase the yacht’s flexibility as each build in the series is expected to be set apart from those before.

“We designed the Johnson 70 as a sporty flybridge, with class-leading accommodation, and a large single-level main deck,” Dixon says. “One of the key features of the design was to be able to offer both flybridge and skylounge versions. We like to think that for the size of vessel the skylounge version is extremely sporty in its styling.”

The main deck offers a forward galley with wraparound counters and a peninsula. Appliances and stowage are specified to meet the owners’ needs. Whether it’s wine chillers and refrigeration for entertaining or freezer and pantry space for long-range cruising, or somewhere in between, Johnson Yachts can oblige. Opposite is an L-shaped settee served by a large dining table and loose chairs for easy dining for large groups of family and friends.

Wide sliding doors open for access to the spacious cockpit. One option on this design is to add a fishing cockpit, which will have appeal to those who want to get closer to the water, be it for fishing or diving. Stairs lead to the flying bridge from the cockpit’s port side. The choices abound on the flying bridge, where a deck can offer a wide-open fore-and-aft space suited to the needs of each owner, with the options of open lounging space, a boat deck with davit and chocks for a tender, sun pads, lounges, and settees with tables, a grilling station or an al fresco galley for outdoor entertaining and 360-degree views. 

Belowdecks, the Johnson 70 will come in either a three- or four-stateroom layout option.

Here are the additional specifications on the new Johnson 70:

  •  Length Overall: 70 feet
  • Beam: 18-feet, 3-inches
  • Draft: 5-foot, 4-inches
  • Engines: Caterpillar C18, 1,015 horsepower
  • Fuel: 920 gallons
  • Water: 260 gallons
  • Displacement: 43 tons

“With the design and engineering of the Johnson 70 – together with Design Unlimited and Bill Dixon – we have a yacht designed to be versatile,” said Peter Chang, general manager of Johnson Yachts. “We want to create a new line of yachts that sets the trend rather than follows it.”

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