Photography by Damen
27 February 2017
Dutch shipbuilder Damen has launched Game Changer, its latest 70-metre Damen Yacht Support vessel (227-feet), complete with helicopter hangar.
Available in time for the 2017 summer season, Game Changer is a fantastic showcase of the Yacht Support solution 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 ofIntrepid, ‘6711’ and Garçon. This latest launch also follows last year’s delivery and sale of the 55-metre showcase vessel Fast & Furious (181-feet).
With its Yacht Support range, Damen is now the established leader in this rapidly developing niche.
In total, 11 Damen Yacht Support vessels have been delivered or are in build.
“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.
There are offices, facilities and accommodation for 22 crew and staff, plus it can carry a huge amount of extra provisions, fuel (marine, aviation and petrol), luggage and spare parts.
To fully enjoy exciting new destinations off the beaten track, there is a wide selection of toys, tenders, helicopters, submersibles.
The Damen Yacht Support vessel provides the massive leap forward in capability that this example 85-metre mother yacht (280 ft) needs (including staff accommodation, provisions, equipment, dive centre decompression chamber, diesel, heli and tender fuel.