Damen adds YS 53 to Yacht Support range
Damen Yachting is building hull one of the YS 53, a new addition to the Dutch-owned conglomerate’s Yacht Support range.
The YS 53 joins the YS 65 and YS 75 in the Yacht Support portfolio
Damen Yachting has added the YS 53 to its Yacht Support range. Following a two-year design and development phase, hull one of the 175ft vessel is in build at the company’s facility in Antalya, Turkey, and scheduled for delivery in 2023. The 499GT yacht has a beam of 9.2m (30ft) and a full-load draught of 3m (10ft).
To date, Damen Yachting has sold almost 20 Yacht Support vessels and provided ongoing global support and refit services for its fleet. The YS 53 is an all-new design and succeeds the original Yacht Support YS 5009, which debuted in 2009 and was based on workboat platforms from Damen’s commercial division.
Rob Luijendijk, Damen Yachting’s Director Sales and Product Management, said: “Over the last decade we’ve helped owners to realise an amazing variety of very challenging dreams. Each dream requires an innovative solution for something that has never been done before, so we have a very experienced team and a deep understanding of how to support our clients.
The YS 53 is 175ft long, 30ft wide and has a volume of 499GT
“We realised that our new series needed to be both highly flexible and customisable, but also designed from scratch for the yachting market. That’s how the YS 53 began.”
Damen Yachting’s in–house team of naval architects developed a new hull form in collaboration with the Damen Research Laboratory in the Netherlands, and has also completed the exterior and interior design of the YS 53.
Wouter Kleijpoel, Design Manager of the Yacht Support series, said: “The YS 53 exterior design starts with a familiar functionality, but there is more than meets the eye. It’s playful, muscular and emboldening; you believe anything is possible. I think it’s an exciting design.”
Like all Yacht Support vessels, the YS 53 has a huge, multifunctional platform
The vessel features a huge 15-tonne deck crane and two Rolls–Royce MTU main engines delivering a total 4,480kW (6,000hp) for a top speed of 19 knots and a range of 5,000nm at 12 knots. The YS 53 will also be fully IMO Tier III compliant, reducing harmful emissions by 70 per cent for full–range operations.
Damen Yachting, the yacht–building division of the global Damen Shipyards Group, produces Amels superyachts, SeaXplorer expedition yachts, the Yacht Support range and custom builds.
Hull six of the Amels 242 Limited Editions range has set sail from Damen’s Vlissingen City shipyard, a year after her sale.