Game Changer: Superyacht Support Vessel Launched
Dutch shipbuilder DAMEN has launched the 70-metre (227 ft) shadow vessel Game Changer, its latest Yacht Support vessel built for adventure.
Available in time for the 2017 summer season, Game Changer is ideal for owners who want to have more fun off the beaten track, but with a significantly lower Total Cost of Ownership. Game Changer is the fourth Yacht Support vessel in the 70-metre segment following the delivery of Intrepid, ‘6711’ and Garcon.
This new launch also follows last year’s delivery and sale of the 55-metre showcase vessel Fast & Furious (181 ft). In total 11 DAMEN Yacht Support vessels have been delivered or are in build today.
“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,” comments DAMEN Product Director Mark Vermeulen.
“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.”
Game Changer features a fully certified helideck so owners can take larger helicopters on long range flights to their mother yachts and land safely in a wider weather window. Lowering the helicopter into the hangar protects it from the elements so it is refuelled and available for take-off without causing hassle, disruption and noise on the mother yacht.
In addition, Game Changer has 250 square metres of open deck space for tenders and toys. The large deck crane makes logistics and handling simple, fast and safe. Below deck there is a further 110 square-metre storage space/dive centre.
The YS 6911 has offices, facilities and accommodation for 22 crew and staff. It can carry a huge amount of extra provisions, fuel (marine, aviation and petrol), luggage and spare parts which tipifies both the adventure and array of benefits surrounding a modern shadow explorer.
"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"