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Shadow boats: Standout superyacht support vessels

Shadow boats: Standout superyacht support vessels

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Hodor

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The first hull in Incat Crowther’s shadow cat range has been launched and named Hodor. Measuring 66 metres, the support catamaran has ample deck and storage space for all the tenders, toys and additional equipment any adventure could need. The completely customised yacht features a reverse bow and low propeller draft of 3.1 metres.

Among Hodor’s cargo is five tenders, the largest of which is a 17-metre chase boat, Jet Skis and quad bikes. Hodor also includes a submarine garage, dive equipment with compressors, and a hospital with a decompression chamber. The helipad meanwhiles sits aft of the main deck. The tenders and submarine can be launched from the upper and main decks via two large knuckle boom cranes.

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New Frontiers

Damen

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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...

Delivered by Dutch yard Damen in late 2017, New Frontiers straddles the boundary between support vessel and superyacht by virtue of its three guest cabins. These allow the owner and his friends to enjoy a wild weekend away, since the layout and interior finish is more conducive to extreme sports than formal entertainment. Damen is widely considered to be the market leader, with 11 superyacht support vessels launched so far.

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Charley

Echo Yachts

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A 2017 launch for Australian yard Echo Yachts, Charley will serve as the shadow boat for the upcoming 84 metre trimaran White Rabbit. Measuring 51 metres LOA, this catamaran support vessel can also entertain guests with a sheltered observation deck and a piano lounge. However, it is her tender storage capacity that is the most notable feature, as Charley can carry a fleet of up to ten watercraft, including five tenders, four Jet Skis and a hovercraft.

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