Damen yacht support vessel Game Changer sold
by Chris Jefferies
Built on speculation and launched in February 2017, Game Changer is capable of carrying an 11.3 metre Wajer tender, a 10.5 metre Damen RIB and a U-Boat Worx submersible on the main deck. She is based on the same patented Damen Sea Axe hull as 6711 and Garcon, but with a 2.04 metre stern extension to allow for a helicopter hangar.
Mark Vermeulen, product director at Damen, said: “The strength of Damen’s global business means we can build these large and sophisticated vessels on speculation, and we also have the breadth of experience and facilities to offer fast customisation with the same team that built her. So owners get a brand new Damen Yacht Support vessel that meets their unique requirements, but within a matter of months — not years.”
Game Changer's key features include 250 square metres of open deck space for storing tenders and water toys via the large deck crane with a lifting capacity of 15 tonnes. A further 110 square metres of air conditioned storage space below decks creates the perfect spot for a dive centre.
What’s more, Game Changer boasts a fully certified superyacht helipad, which means that owners can travel with a larger helicopter and land in a wider range of weather conditions.
Commercial director Rose Damen added: "It’s exciting to see how these clients are using Damen vessels to realise their vision of yachting. It’s not only about the capability to do more, see more and enjoy their yachts more, but we also see that our clients enjoy spending time on their Yacht Support vessels. So it’s very important that our vessels go far beyond commercial ship standards and that’s exactly where our experience and yachting know-how sets us apart.”
With deep provision storage and quarters for 22 crew and staff, Game Changer is described by the yard as a "crew paradise". She is ideal for recuperation between shifts on the mothership, with a spacious mess area and a superyacht gym on board.
Power comes from four 3,000hp MTU 16V4000 M63L diesel engines for a top speed of 20 knots and a maximum cruising range of 4,500 nautical miles at 16 knots.
Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Dutch yard include the 55 metre YS Adventure 5009, which is due to hit the water this summer, and the 65 metre SeaXplorer — a scheduled 2019 launch. Looking even further ahead, Damen plans to launch its 75.15 metre SeaXplorer project in 2020.