The Sea Era is a 42-foot custom sportfisherman designed and constructed by Captain Dean Johnson and his boat building business, Johnson Boat Works Inc. Johnson Boat Works is located in Wanchese on Roanoke Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The beam is 14 1/2’ making it a stable and comfortable ride with plenty of room. It is also equipped with the latest Furano NavNet radar, GPS, and fish finding equipment.
The Sea Era is powered by a single C-9, 510 horsepower Caterpillar diesel engine which gives it a top speed of 27 knots and a cruise speed of 20 knots plus. We have 4 chairs for your comfort and a spacious salon to relax from fishing. The boat is equipped with outriggers and Shimano Tiagro trolling tackle is available in the 50 wide and 80 wide. The boat is named for Capt Dean's granddaughter, Sierra.
Johnson Boatworks - Dean Johnson
C-9 510 hp Catepillar Diesel
Tower with Controls
Behind the wheel of his Carolina beauty is a captain with personal experience and knowledge of the waters of the Graveyard of the Atlantic . Captain Dean Johnson is a native of the Outer Banks and has nearly forty years in the fishing industry. He began his career as a mate out of Oregon Inlet Fishing Center in 1969 and went on to earn his captain’s license in 1977. From that time until 2002, Dean captained off-shore charters where he met many interesting people and helped make many dreams come true with catches of billfish, tuna, dolphin, and wahoo.
In 2001 Dean decided to try another venture in the boat business. He began Johnson Boat Works, Inc. where they design and build custom sportfishing boats, both large and small. Recently, though, the “itch and call” of the water began to resurface, so Dean is returning to fishing while owning and operating Johnson Boat Works. He runs charter trips along the coast aboard the Sea Era, a vessel very dear to his heart, not only because he designed and built her with his own two hands, but also because she’s named for his beautiful granddaughter, Alyssa Sierra (using a play on words)!