Joy begins

New Joy Rider support yacht launched.

11 July 2019


On 5 July, Dutch yacht builder Amels and Damen launched Joy Rider, the first 46-metre YS 4508 from the Damen Yacht Support range. Following outfitting at the Damen yard in the Netherlands, Joy Rider will be available for immediate delivery in September when she joins the fleet of 15 Damen Yacht Supports built to date. Amels and Damen will showcase Joy Rider at the Monaco Yacht Show 25-28 September.

The newly developed YS 4508 is designed for the owner who wants to enjoy amazing adventures, undersea treasures and come face-to-face with Earth’s most spectacular wildlife.

The YS 4508 offers a fun and flexible configuration with comfortable accommodation and lots of room for high-end toys, submarines and tenders. The workhorse at the heart of the action is an impressive high-performance 6.7-tonne deck crane, making use of the aft deck space for tenders and toys.

The blend of superyacht support and stand-alone functionality includes outdoor sun and shade on Bridge Deck, a spacious Main Deck lounge, accommodation for 6 guests and 7 crew; touch-and-go helipad and high comfort thanks to zero-speed stabilisers and the yacht’s patented Sea Axe pedigree.


The rugged exterior design with a stylish paint scheme encloses an accomplished yachting platform including wet exhaust for all engines, smooth power management, generators in sound enclosures, fancoil-based HVAC system, watermaker and large tank capacities.

The support yacht also has big cool and freeze stores for provisions, a petrol store and multifunctional stores – for example for beach party set ups.

Joy Rider is very capable, reliable and economical to maintain.

Joy Rider builds on the success of the market-leading Damen Yacht Support range. Since introducing the range, the Damen team has delivered 15 Damen Yacht Supports up to 71.5 metres in length.


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