RS79 “Paul Johansen” entered private service in the mid-1990s when it was purchased by Bob Grant, of Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA. Bob, an engineer by trade, spent a number of years working with gifted craftspeople to turn the very utilitarian small ship into a remarkable private vessel. Bob used the boat both privately and as a charter vessel which he captained.
In 2012 MV Paul Johansen was purchased by Farley Blackman who has spent over three years upgrading all systems and improving upon the comfort and enjoyability of the vessel. The vessel is now ready for luxurious adventure in far-flung corners of the world.