Video: First look inside 55m Damen yacht support vessel New Frontiers
by Chris Jefferies
As the footage below shows, her interior has been fitted out to a high standard, with room for up to six guests in three cabins — a first for the Damen Yacht Support range.
Commercial director Rose Damen said: “You can’t put this vessel into one category or another — and that reflects exactly the wishes of our clients.
"They want their holiday to be about freedom and spontaneity — whether it’s a weekend dive adventure trip away from their superyacht or enjoying two locations at once linked by helicopter, it’s all about unforgettable experiences."
Based on the Sea Axe platform, which has been extensively used on Damen’s commercial vessels, New Frontiers has a maximum cruising range of 5,000 nautical miles and a top speed of 20 knots.
Key features include a 190 square metre aft deck helipad, which can support a maximum take-off weight of 3,700kg. Superyacht water toy storage is another one of New Frontiers’ strong suits, as her deck crane can lift up to 12 tonnes — enough to launch a personal submarine.
Her 496GT interior includes a main deck master suite and a 50 square metre sundeck, just aft of the raised wheelhouse. Her engine installation has yet to be divulged, but it is understood that New Frontiers boasts a top speed of 20 knots.
This launch brings the total number of Damen superyacht support vessels on the water to 11. She follows the 69.15 metre Game Changer, another 2017 launch, and her sistership Fast & Furious, which was sold in December 2016 and renamed Axis.