Damen Yachting Launches 55m Yacht Support TIME OFF

By George Bains

Damen Yachting’s 55m Yacht Support TIME OFF has been launched at the Damen yard in Antalya. Time Off is the ninth hull of the popular 55-metre YS 5009 design and following her final outfitting, will be available for immediate delivery this summer.

Time Off follows in the footsteps of her predecessor Gene Chaser with a large multipurpose Main Deck hangar which is technically ready for stern A-frame installation and allows for a flexible deck layout.

Configurations can include submersible and dive operations, vehicle garage or workshop facilities, storage of equipment, space for social engagements or even transport of relief goods. In addition, a number of other new features have also been incorporated into the design including a new accommodation layout for up to 7 guests and 4 staff plus crew.

Time Off has been fitted with a number of design and mechanical enhancements which distinguish her from Damen Yachting’s previous Yacht Support deliveries. One focus has been to enhance onboard comfort through features such as generator sound enclosure, upgraded AV and navigation systems, and updated engine room installations.

“The fact that TIME OFF is the ninth Yacht Support to be launched from our YS 5009 design speaks volumes,” says Wouter Kleijpoel, Design Manager Yacht Support. “The flexibility this design offers our clients to really make the vessel work to their own yachting needs and requirements is what continues to make it so popular. We are all very proud to see her hit the water in Antalya and look forward to seeing the finishing touches come together.”

Damen Yachting has delivered 16 Yacht Supports over the last 10 years and, as with all of these vessels, Time Off features unrivalled sea-keeping capabilities thanks to her successful Sea Axe hull form. This is a vessel configured for flexibility and a blend of adventure and superyacht support functions.

A 50sqm area Aft which can be accessed via the Swim Platform can be tailored to suit onboard needs from a fully equipped dive centre to additional storage and additional activity facilities, or even as a laboratory or research area.

"The fact that TIME OFF is the ninth Yacht Support to be launched from our YS 5009 design speaks volumes."

Wouter Kleijpoel, Design Manager Yacht Support

"The fact that TIME OFF is the ninth Yacht Support to be launched from our YS 5009 design speaks volumes."

Wouter Kleijpoel, Design Manager Yacht Support
By George Bains
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