DUTCH SHIPBUILDER DAMEN has launched Game Changer, a 70m Yacht Support vessel (227ft) with a helicopter hangar. Game Changer is Damen’s fourth Yacht Support vessel in the 70m segment following the delivery of Intrepid, 6711 and Garcon.
Game Changer also follows last year’s delivery and sale of the 55m showcase vessel Fast & Furious. In total, 11 Damen Yacht Support vessels have been delivered or are in build.
Mark Vermeulen, Product Director of Damen, said: “Our clients want to go to exciting new destinations with less-established superyacht infrastructure and they want to have larger tenders, larger helicopters and submersibles. They also want to take more staff, guides, pilots and security personnel with them.
“Game Changer is the massive leap forward in capability they need but at a much lower cost than a larger yacht. Plus, they get all the benefits of flexible operations and privacy. That’s why we call it the Smart Stretch.”
Game Changer features a fully certified helideck so owners can take larger helicopters on long-range flights to their mother yachts. Lowering the helicopter into the hangar protects it from the elements so it can be refuelled and available for take-off without causing disruption on the mother yacht.
In addition, Game Changer has 250sqm of open deck space for tenders and toys. Below deck is a 110sqm storage space or dive centre. The yacht has offices, facilities and accommodation for 22 crew and staff, and can carry a large amount of extra provisions, fuel (marine, aviation and petrol), luggage and spare parts.