The most broadly successful performance yacht designer of the last 35 or so years has achieved that status through a laser-like ability to lock onto the requirements of a target market and then deliver the ideal product for it – and which also works off the shelf. Carol Cronin unravels the creative force that is Rod Johnstone

We all know the story: a budding yacht designer builds a race-winning boat in his garage, then teams up with his marketingsavvy brother to create a family business – which just entered its fourth decade. So any profile of Rod Johnstone, co-founder of J/Boats, should focus on less well-known details. Childhood, design inspirations, favourite boats?

We invite you to read on and find out for yourself why Seahorse is the most highly-rated source in the world for anyone who is serious about their racing.

To read on simply SIGN up NOW
Take advantage of our very best subscription offer or order a single copy of this issue of Seahorse.

Online at: and use the code TECH20

Or via email:

Or for iPad simply download the Seahorse App at the iTunes store