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Shadow boats: The best superyacht support vessels

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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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Game Changer

Damen

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The 69.15 metre Game Changer was launched in May 2017 the flagship of the Damen Sea Axe yacht support range. She was designed as an evolution of the successful 67.15 metre Sea Axe 6711 range, with the addition of a fully certified helicopter hangar. Described as a "crew paradise" she boasts spacious accommodation for a staff of up to 22 people and a dedicated crew gym.

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