Published: Tuesday, 02 January 2018

Dutch shipbuilder Damen has sold its 55m New Frontiers (181ft) from the Yacht Support range following the vessel’s appearance at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October.

Damens 55m New Frontiers Sold 1 

(Photo: New Frontiers)

With construction completed in September, New Frontiers is Damen’s first Yacht Support vessel delivered with owner and guest accommodation including a panoramic main deck lounge.

The shipyard’s next 55m – the sixth 55m Yacht Support vessel – is now under construction, driven by increasing demand for adventure. She will be available for delivery before the summer in 2018.

Equipped with a host of new yachting enhancements and a bigger watersports store, the yacht will take her owner into new territory with a blend of stand-alone adventure mode and superyacht support mode.

Yacht owners are discovering the beauty of the underwater world – a market trend supported by Damen Yacht Support’s starring role in the BBC Blue Planet II documentary.

The film crew used Umbra, which was equipped with an ocean research laboratory, as a base for submersible operations and divers, as well as for searching and filming by helicopter.

The fast sale of New Frontiers – following the sale of Axis – cements Damen’s leadership of this developing support and adventure market – particularly for diving activities.

In October, New Frontiers supported demonstration dives of Triton’s superyacht-optimised Triton 1650/3 LP submersible during a four-day event in the Balearic Islands.

Commercial Director Rose Damen commented: “Whether a mesmerising weekend dive adventure to Truk Lagoon or Cocos Island, or enjoying two locations at once linked by helicopter, or all the benefits of a lot of large tenders, toys, submersibles and storage, our Yacht Support range is all about unforgettable experiences and freedom.”