Damen’s Time Off arrives in Vlissingen


Time Off, the 55m Yacht Support vessel, has arrived at Damen Yachting’s shipyard in Vlissingen, Netherlands, having been launched in Turkey.


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Time Off is the 17th Yacht Support vessel from Damen Yachting


Following her launch at the Damen yard in Antalya in April, the 55m Yacht Support Time Off has arrived at Damen Yachting’s main shipyard in Vlissingen in southwest Netherlands. Available for immediate delivery, the 182ft, 499GT Time Off is Damen Yachting’s 17th Yacht Support vessel and the ninth from the popular YS 5009 design.


Her predecessor Gene Chaser was delivered in 2020 as Blue Ocean prior to her sale for use as a floating scientific research centre in support of the Amels 180 Gene Machine. Like Gene Chaser, Time Off features a large, multipurpose main-deck hangar which allows for flexible configurations including submersible and dive operations, vehicle garage or workshop facilities, stowage of equipment, space for social engagements or even transport of relief goods.


Other new features include a new accommodation layout for up to seven guests and four staff plus crew. Design and technical enhancements include generator sound enclosure, upgraded AV and navigation systems, and updated engine room installations.


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Time Off in Vlissingen, having been launched in Turkey


The flexibility of the design remains popular among clients looking to make the vessel work to their own yachting needs and requirements. The 50sqm area aft, which can be accessed via the swim platform, can be tailored to suit onboard needs and options include a fully equipped dive centre, additional storage, activity facilities and even a laboratory and research area.


Wouter Kleijpoel, Design Manager Yacht Support, said: “Time Off is all about providing clients flexibility, offering a blend of adventure and superyacht support functions that they can customise to work for them. We are very proud to now have her here in Vlissingen and available for clients to visit and take out on sea trials.” 

Imperial representing 77m La Datcha

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