Damen showed the yachting world its hottest new yacht toy at the Monaco and Fort Lauderdale shows: the yacht support vessel. With ten yachts sold or in build, the support vessels, ranging from 43-90 meters/142-293 feet, indulge every whim, providing space for helicopters, submarines, dive gear, personal watercraft, extra crew, or just about anything that might occupy valuable space on the mother yacht. Stretching to accommodate every pastime, party, or pursuit, the Damen Yacht Support vessels invite flexibility with a lower cost of ownership.
Clients have shown their preference for Damen’s line, like the quick delivery time, and the expansion of possibilities on board the mother yacht provided by the yacht. Sporting the Sea Axe hull form, the yacht puts most of its creature comforts up front, with a long stretch of deck aft, and storage garages tucked strategically into the hull. Since the fall yacht shows, allowing potential clients on board for an in-person peek, inquiries have soared.
“The sale of FAST & FURIOUS further proves how the Yacht Support solution is becoming an established ‘smart stretch’ for owners of all size superyachts,” Damen Product Director Yacht Support Mark Vermeulen notes. A solution that offers great value, the Damen Yacht Support line is a part of Dutch yacht builder Amels, in demand worldwide for high quality, high tech, innovative designs.
The showcase YS 5009 vessel was developed in 2009, giving yacht owners another option when owners outgrow their current yachts. Damen’s 69-meter/227-foot YS 6911, is currently in build, available in the spring of 2017, with a 55-meter/181-foot YS 5009 following closely on its heels, ready for delivery in Autumn of 2017.