TIME OFF is a 55.5m (182ft) Damen Yacht Support vessel, due for delivery in 2021. Strongly built in steel to Bureau Veritas classification on Damen’s well proven Sea Axe platform, her naval architecture, exterior and interior design are all done in house by Damen Yachting and her full displacement hull is capable of operating in almost all weather and sea conditions. A shallow draught of 3.3m (10.8ft) ensures easy access to most ports and anchorages and she has a deadweight cargo capacity of 270 tonnes.
Her standout exterior feature is the massive 200sqm (2,153sqft) of storage space on deck with a high-performance 12-tonne knuckle boom crane for launching, loading and unloading. The deck plan is optimised for maximum versatility with highly configurable stowage for a fleet of tenders and other small craft up to 15m (50ft) long, plus a wide range of watertoys, on-road and off-road vehicles, submersibles, helicopters and more.
There’s a dedicated hangar/garage and workshop for submersibles on the main deck. The aft portion of the upper deck can be configured as either a sun deck for guests or as extra storage space for vessels, vehicles or equipment. She is engineered to allow an A-frame submarine launching and recovery system to be fitted to her stern. There’s also a 50sqm (538sqft) multipurpose ‘adventure centre’ in the stern, accessed via the swim platform stair hatch, which can be configured for diving, fishing, surfing, oceanographic research – or used for additional storage.
She has 499GT of internal volume with a wheelhouse located forward on the upper deck and four double guest cabins beneath it, plus bunk rooms for four staff. The main deck lounge is fully glazed on three sides and directly beneath the sun deck. She welcomes seven guests in three cabins, including a luxurious VIP suite, up to seven crew and four staff. The crew’s quarters, a large laundry room and capacious cold store are on the lower deck.
Four Caterpillar 3512C diesel engines mounted amidships give a top speed of 20 knots, a cruising speed of 16 knots and a 6,000nm range at a long-distance passage speed of 10 knots. Two main engines are used for optimum fuel efficiency on passage and the two auxiliaries come into play when higher speeds are required. Zero speed stabilisers are fitted.