Published: Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Dutch shipbuilder Damen has launched Game Changer, its latest 70-metre Damen Yacht Support vessel (227ft) with helicopter hangar. Available in time for the 2017 summer season, Game Changer is a 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.

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(Photos: Damen - 40m Game Changer)

Game Changer is the fourth Yacht Support vessel in the 70-metre segment following the delivery of Intrepid, 6711 and Garcon. This latest launch also follows last year’s delivery and sale of the 55-metre showcase vessel Fast & Furious (181ft). In total 11 Damen Yacht Support vessels have been delivered or are in build.

Mark Vermeulen, Product Director of Damen, commented: “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.

Damen Yacht Support 70m Game Changer Launched

“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.

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In addition, Game Changer has 250sqm 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 110sqm 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.