Shadow boats: Standout superyacht support vessels

Superyacht support vessels are an increasingly popular way of extending the yachting experience, whether they are used as a floating helipad, tender garage or accommodation for specialist staff. We take a look at some of the finest examples from around the world...


This 54 metre Damen Yachting Yacht Support vessel underwent had a four month refit in 2015 and emerged as Ad-Vantage. Ad-Vantage was lengthened during the refit and relaunched by Diverse Projects in New Zealand. She was also fitted with a submarine garage, a large deck crane and a helicopter pad.

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Damen Yachting   54 m •   2012


JFA Yachts

Support vessels are not always just for carrying toys. Bystander was conceived and built as an escort vessel by JFA Yachts for 1933 J-Class yacht Velsheda.

The 42.18 metre yacht was styled on 1920s workboats and built to replace the 33 metre Feadship Bystander (now Santa Maria) that was used before. Velsheda's owner wanted the new Bystander to be bigger to accommodate the 12 to 18 guests that would be on board during regattas.

She also has a practical use, transferring fuel, waste and supplies while underway. A 1.8 metre passerelle links Bystander to Velsheda when in port. The name comes from the classic 12.8 metre tender Bystander, which was used by three defenders of the America’s Cup from 1930 to 1970.

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JFA Yachts   42.18 m •   2006


Boustead Naval Shipyard (Refit by Fincantieri Yachts)

Sputnik was built by Boustead Naval Shipyard in Malaysia as an offshore supply vessel. She was then converted at Fincantieri Yachts into a versatile, strong and comfortable luxury support vessel.

Sputnik is the support vessel of the 72 metre Lürssen Queen K and features interior design from Igor Lobanov. She does not have any guest accommodation but does have a superyacht spa area and a saloon. As well as a large helipad, Sputnik also also carries a range of tenders.

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