SuperYacht of the Week: The Johnson 105 White Shark

Like a great white shark leaping out of the waters of South Africa, the M/Y White Shark creates an equally powerful (although decidedly less threatening) white silhouette as it cuts through its European waters.

Unveiled at the Palma Boat Show on the island of Mallorca in May 2008, the White Shark is a semi-customized flybridge adaptation of the new Johnson 105. The vessel was presented alongside the Johnson 77, a smaller yacht which was also constructed by the Taiwanese shipyard, Johnson Yachts. The White Shark is the first Johnson 105 to grace the seas of Europe, thanks to European distributor Avantgarde.

Johnson Yachts is constructing Johnson 105’s per the specifications of the customer, with an available skylounge and a choice of three, four, or five cabins, as well as accommodations for four crew members.

Designers Dixon Yacht Design and interior designer Norbert Jansen of Düsseldorf, Germany’s Jansen Architekten created a yacht that is both classical and modern. The White Shark features glossy Canadian cherry hardwood floors and tables, black granite countertops, white sofas and chairs, and Italian design linens in muted earth tones. The sofas are Poltrano Frau, and the lamps are by Philippe Starck and Porta Romana. The interiors can be customized, however, for the taste of the individual buyer.

Jansen has created a salon area that looks more like a comfortable hotel lounge than a yacht space. It diverts slightly from the design theme with a soft black sofa, animal skin rug, and low black coffee table. The cherry wood continues along the sides of the space, and orange accent pillows in the Italian linens make the design cohesive with the rest of the yacht.

The vessel’s distinctive and spacious flybridge is under a hard top with numerous amenities. The dining table seats a dozen guests, who can be entertained with a bar, sink, refrigerator, barbecue, and a separate refrigerator especially for wine. Guests can lounge in an asymmetrical Jacuzzi or on the U-shaped sofa. At the helm, there are white cushioned seats for two pilots, as well as seats for copilots.

At 32 meters in length (nearly 105 feet) and with a generous beam, the White Shark can accommodate 11 guests and 4 crew members. Four en suite double cabins are located on the accommodation deck, two of which contain twin beds, although one includes a Pullman bed for a third guest. One of the VIP cabins includes a full-sized platform cherry wood bed and additional sitting area, as well as separate his and hers bathrooms and a connecting shower for two with glass doors.

The bi-level master cabin on the main deck is the picture of luxury. From the bed, the guests have spectacular 180-degree views.

Four white and cherry wood stairs lead down to the exceptionally generous bathroom in the bow area. The bath features a jet-stream shower and curved cherry wood vanity with white his and hers sinks and a black granite countertop. The master cabin also has plenty of room for clothing and incidentals in two large cherry wood wardrobes.

Each of the two crew cabins has its own bathroom, and the crew area contains a dining table and cooking area. The separate crew entrance is on the port side through the swimming platform.

The spacious pantry is glossy white with black granite countertops. It is well-equipped with two large refrigerators in stainless steel, two deep freezers, a four-burner stove, a built-in microwave, a dishwasher, and a trash compactor.

With two Caterpillar engines at 1825 hp each, the White Shark cruises at 21 knots and can reach a maximum speed of 24 knots. Johnson Yachts can equip custom 105’s with 1800 to 2400 hp engines.

While the White Shark may be named after a fierce fish, its image on the water is pure European elegance.

Photos by Ed Holt / Avantgarde Yachts



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