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45m Damen superyacht support vessel Joy Rider launched

Damen has launched the first hull in its newly developed range of 45 metre yacht support vessels, named Joy Rider.

Damen revealed the new design at last year's Monaco Yacht Show. Speaking about the vessel, managing director Rose Damen said, "Joy Rider is a smart package that can be both a stand-alone and a support solution. Our approach has been proven in diving, exploring and marine conservation operations from Papua New Guinea to Antarctica.”

The yacht will be delivered in September in time for this year's Monaco Yacht Show where Joy Rider will make her debut.

The 45 metre steel-hulled, semi-displacement yacht has a beam of 8.3 metres and 120 square metres of deck space.

Built with an aluminium superstructure, the exterior and interior design has been handled by Damen’s in-house design team.

The support vessel is “a blend of superyacht support and stand-alone functionality”, according to the yard, and offers accommodation for six guests across three double guest cabins, with a crew of seven.

Other key features include a touch-and-go helipad, zero-speed stabilisers, and deck crane for tenders and toys weighing up to 6.7 tonnes.

Power comes from a pair of Caterpillar C32 TTA engines for a top speed of 16.5 knots and range of 5,000 nautical miles at 12 knots.

Speaking last year in Monaco, Damen added: “Joy Rider is a new design in the Damen Yacht Support range. Since introducing the range, we have delivered 15 yacht support vessels up to 71.5 metres – all supporting their owners in amazing adventures over the world."

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