If you’ll be attending the Monaco Yacht Show this week, arguably the most unusual boat on display among all of the megayachts will be Garçon. Built by Damen Shipyards, the parent company of Amels, she may appear to be a converted commercial craft, but she’s a purpose-built shadow boat. To use Amels’ terminology, she’s a Sea Axe Fast Yacht Support (FYS) vessel, named for her sharp bow and support services, the latter meaning she’s meant to tote toys, helicopters, extra fuel, and/or even extra personnel. The Monaco show marks the first time that Amels is exhibiting an FYS.
Garçon measures 220 feet (67.15 meters) and has more than adequate deck space for toys ranging from several PWCs to a personal submarine, a handful of tenders to 46 feet (14 meters), and more: about 2,530 square feet (235 square meters), to be exact. That still leaves room for a separate helipad, too. Should the weather turn while Garçon is about to get underway, her crew can deploy a hangar to protect the toys. Performance shouldn’t suffer, however. Amels says that Garçon can achieve 18- to 25-knot speeds with her four Caterpillar engines regardless of sea state.
If you arrange a tour of Garçon, take note of how she’s finished to superyacht standards outside and has a helm even casual charter guests would admire.
Here’s more of Garçon.