Nearly ninety years ago, back in 1927, Damen Shipyards group was born. Two brothers, Jan Daman and Rien Damen, banded together to form a small boat building business. Little did they know their small dream would reach epic proportions. The Damen brothers’ business began as two brothers building boats in a shed. Within five years, the company formally became Damen Brothers, though it remained a small company.
In 1969, the company was bought by Kommer Damen, son of one of the original brothers. The small family business incorporated a standardized, modular construction method to build small boats and launches. Today, this is known as The Damen Standard. This method resulted in faster delivery times, reduced costs, and proven designs. This led to a success so great the small family company expanded less than ten years later, in 1973.
In large facilities in Gorinchem, the Netherlands, Damen Brothers was thriving partly due to their strategic location, partly due to the excellent reputation they had built; holding high standards for each boat they created. Today, operating under the name of Damen Shipyards Group, this family company has become a well-known company creating the finest yachts in the world. With more than 6,000 vessels meticulously built and delivered, as well as 180 more vessels built per year, this company that started with only two brothers has become an international yacht building sensation.
Here are our picks for the top five Damon Support Yacht Vessels:
1. Amels/Damen YS5009 Support Vessel
With no limits, Damen Shipyard’s latest support yacht is the finest of 2016, measuring in at an impressive 55 meters (181 feet) . The fully certified helideck holds even the largest aircraft. The innovative zero-speed stabilizer ensures you and all your guests are comfortable and stable, even while sitting at anchor, as a heli-landing is taking place, and during launch. The 4 X high speed engines bring the speeds of this fine support yacht to over 20 knots. On this yacht, you will enjoy the most, breath-taking views while in the comfort of the VIP transit seating.
The luxurious accommodations are composed of the most comfortable, top of the line furnishings to provide a touch of class and sophistication you will find nowhere else. With a large, spacious swim platform and tender boarding deck, you and your guests can enjoy hours of water sports fun and excitement on the water.
Pricing for this impressive vessel is not yet available. The support yacht is supposed to be uncovered at the September 2016 boat show.
2. Damen Intrepid YS 6911 Support yacht
This luxury support yacht measures in at a massive 69 meters (226.38 feet), making it the largest support vessel ever. The Damen Intrepid YS 6911 boasts a steel hull and strong, sturdy aluminum deck and superstructure. This powerful yacht contains four MTU 16V 4000M 63L diesel 12000HP engines that provide a smooth cruising speed of 18 knots and max speeds of up to 20 knots. It has a maximum fuel capacity of 350,000 with a range of 4500 nautical miles.This super-sized vessel can accommodate up to 22 staff or crew, boasts a helipads well as helicopter workshop, a dive center, large, roomy storage below deck, and 250 square meters of deck space.
Pricing is not available for this support yacht at this time.
3. Damen 6711 Support Yacht
With super fast speeds of up to 25knots and a cruise speed of 18 knots, the Damen 6711 Support yacht provides amazing performance. With an overall length of 67.15 meters (220.31 feet), this luxurious support vessel can accommodate a crew of up to 20. This powerful, strong support yacht is made of a steel hull with aluminum structure and a beam of 11.5 meters. The fully certified helideck features a fully enclosed hanger. One of the unique features this impressive support yacht boasts is the extensive dive area. This was created with scuba diving expeditions in mind. The Damen 6711 support yacht is the second highest in performance. The exterior and interior of this impressive and highly raved yacht offer a feeling of high-class sophistication with comfort in mind.
Pricing at this time is not available for this luxury support yacht.
4. Damen UMBRA Support Yacht
The Damen UMBRA support yacht is fitted with zero-speed stabilizers that work to keep the massive, powerful vessel still in rough waters, even when at anchor. Powered by twin screw propellers and 4 MTU 12V 4000 M60 1320 HP diesel engines, this is one of the most powerful support yachts available. The 172,570 liter fuel tanks provide a maximum range of up to 4,000 nautical miles. This comfortable luxury yacht has a top speed of up to 22 knots and smooth cruising speed of up to 16 knots. Also included on board are an impressive helipad and air-conditioning throughout. Four luxurious and roomy cabins are on board, including an en suite shower facility.
The asking price for this support yacht is $12 million.
5. Damen Pursuit Yacht
This mid-sized support yacht reached 51.3 meters (168.31 feet) long. Possessing a sophisticated exterior that only Damen can create, this luxury yacht offers the best of both worlds, a stylish, luxurious interior and elegant, sophisticated exterior. You get the best of the best with the Damen Pursuit support yacht. This comfortable luxury yacht can carry a crew f up to eight. Amazingly fast speeds of up to 28 knots can be achieved, as well as a comfortable yet fast cruising speed of up to 25 knots. They fuel tanks can carry an impressive 225,000. Also on board is a helicopter landing pad.
Pricing for this support yacht is not available at this time. You would need to contact the company directly for charter pricing.
Written by Garrett Parker
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