The team at Damen Shipyards wasn’t the only group excited to see Joy Rider launch on July 5. Yacht enthusiasts from around the globe got to see the process, too. The Damen Yacht Support team livestreamed the launch from its headquarters in Gorinchem, The Netherlands on Instagram.
If you missed the live cast, never fear. The highlights are in the video below. As you’ll see, Joy Rider follows the philosophy of the Yacht Support concept, meaning she is equally adept at cruising as a primary yacht and accompanying a more traditional white yacht. In fact, customers so far have fallen into both categories. Rose Damen, Damen’s managing director, adds, “Our approach has been proven in diving, exploring, and marine-conservation operations from Papua New Guinea to Antarctica.”
Joy Rider is still a bit different, however. She is the first of the YS 4508 projects. While you might assume that “45” represents a 45-meter/148-foot length, she’s actually a little larger. LOA is 46 meters/151 feet. In addition, she is the smallest in Damen’s superyacht support/standalone yacht line. Therefore, the idea is a more intimate experience, with accommodations for six guests and seven crewmembers. This should appeal to potential owners, since Joy Rider is available for sale.
In fact, buyers can take delivery before summer’s end. Personal inspections will be possible at the Monaco Yacht Show, too. Features that should attract attention include a touch-and-go helipad, plus abundant on-deck space for tenders, watertoys, and even a submarine. Furthermore, stowage abounds for provisioning in anticipation of far-flung voyages. Don’t overlook the Sea Axe technical platform, either. Joy Rider should maintain sure cruising even in sloppy seas.
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