Dutch Shipyard DAMEN Changing the Game
The Dutch always seem to pave the way when it comes to superyachts, and the latest support ship offering from DAMEN doesn’t disappoint. Game Changer has arrived just in time for the summer season, standing proud at 70 meters with plenty of space for larger toys and tenders, and even a helicopter hangar. For superyacht owners who are seeking to skip the usual ports of call and head into the wild – this yacht support vessel is indeed a game changer by name and by nature.
Mark Vermeulen the DAMEN product director noted “Our clients want to go to exciting new destinations with less established superyacht infrastructure and they want to have more fun with larger tenders, larger helicopters and submersibles They also want to take more staff, guides, pilots and security personnel with them. GAME CHANGER is the massive leap forward in capability that they need, but at a much lower cost than a larger yacht. Plus, they get all the benefits of flexible operations and privacy. That’s why we call it the Smart Stretch.”
The helicopter hangar is sure to prove a welcome sight to those superyacht owners who require larger helicopters or wider weather windows for landing. The hangar also serves to protect the helicopter from the elements, enabling ease of refueling without causing disruption to the mother yacht. Along with the hangar, the support vessel offers 250 square meters of wide open space on deck for stashing tenders and toys. The deck crane also makes loading and unloading of expensive superyacht toys safe and easy. Down below and the boat also boasts another 110 square meters for storage or to be used as a diving center.
Finally, the icing on the cake for Game Changer – full accommodation, offices and other facilities for up to 22 members of additional staff and crew. The superyacht life never has to be a squeeze again, it seems that DAMEN really have produced something to change the game.