Damen Yachting has sold the first vessel from the all-new YS 53 series. This 53-metre from the Dutch builder’s Yacht Support range will be delivered in 2023 as part of Anthony Hsieh’s private fishing programme.

Hsieh has ambitious goals for the YS 5301 when it joins his Bad Company fleet in 2023. Primarily located in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, it will form the home and hub of his fishing programme that will incorporate fishing in relatively unchartered waters and support several marine conservation projects.

‘What we are planning to do with the 5301 no one has ever done before, and I think this will set a whole new tier of adventure for future sportsmen to explore,’ says Anthony Hsieh, owner of the Bad Company fleet. ‘My hope is that this ambitious programme will inspire a whole new generation of sportsmen to create their own programmes. It will be good for the sport, yachting and the fishing industries.’

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Game boats

The YS 5301 will be equipped with a 43 ft Release Game boat and a 32 ft Blackfin. Both game boats will be deployed into areas where the programme does not already have Bad Company fleet.

The programme’s Atlantic operations are covered by the 46-metre YS 4508 Yacht Support, Bad Company Support. Featuring a 33 ft game boat on board, the vessel was original built and delivered by Damen Yachting in 2019 and was sold and joined the Bad Company fleet in 2021.

Damen Yachting’s Commercial Executive Jan van Hogerwou: ‘This is one of the most exciting projects we have worked on. Not only is this the first of our new YS 53 range, but this is also the first Yacht Support we have built that will be used exclusively as part of a sport fishing fleet and programme. Hsieh’s unique vision and mission he has planned for this all-new Yacht Support is very inspiring and we are looking forward to the next twelve months and getting her ready to head out with the rest of his fleet.’

Yacht Support 53 range

The YS 53 range, which was introduced to the market in February of this year, marks a strategic shift in the builder’s Yacht Support approach. The new design represents the next generation of Yacht Support vessels designed from scratch specifically for the yachting market and encompassing the experience from the near twenty Yacht Support vessels built and sold over the last decade. The design is both highly flexible and customisable.

YS 5301 at a glance:

  • YS 53 (53 metres / 175ft)
  • Delivery: 2023
  • 499 GT
  • 6-16 guests/staff, 10 crew + captain
  • Exterior design: Damen Yachting
  • Interior design: Damen Yachting
  • Naval architecture: Damen Yachting

The YS 5301 features a 15-tonne deck crane and its two main engines deliver a top speed of 19 knots. The vessel will also be fully IMO Tier III compliant, reducing harmful emissions by seventy per cent for full range operations.

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