Fast & Furious, the 55m Damen support vessel has been sold following its completion in September this year. The sale initially began at the Monaco Yacht Show when Damen showcased the YS 5009 to potential clients.
The client was represented by Thom Conboy and Chris Collins of Ocean Independence Americas, who previously represented the buyer of the Damen Sea Axe support vessel Ad-Vantage, delivered in 2012.
With ten support vessels sold or in build between 43 and 90m, its not surprising that the Dutch shipyard counts itself as the most prominent support vessel builder in the market. “There has been an increasing level of interest and client enquiries have soared following the debut of the vessel at Monaco and Fort Lauderdale,” says Mark Vermeulen, product director at Damen.
“The sale of Fast & Furious, further proves how the yacht support solution is becoming an established ‘smart stretch’ for owners of all size superyachts,” says Vermeulen. “Owners want bigger tenders and a greater variety of toys, as well as helicopters, but they don’t necessarily want to stretch their yacht to carry it all. Instead of acquiring a larger mother yacht with more carrying capability, the existing motheryacht plus support vessel scenario offers far greater flexibility, lower total cost of ownership and a lot more fun.”
With this increasing level of interest, we could be at the start of an important trend where more owners opt for support vessel instead of a larger yacht. The purpose built yacht ensures high performance and reliability, whilst freeing up the deck space of the mother ship and accommodates 20 extra crew.
Damen currently has a 69m YS 6911 support vessel under construction for sale, available from spring 2017 as well as another 55m 5009 support vessel, available from Autumn 2017.