First vessel from Damen Yachting YS 53 series sold

Damen Yachting has announced the sale of the first vessel from its new YS 53 series. This 53-metre (175-foot) from the Dutch builder’s Yacht Support range will be delivered in 2023 as part of Anthony Hsieh’s unique and extensive private fishing programme.

Primarily located in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Hsieh’s new YS 5301 will form the home and hub of his activities, which will incorporate fishing in relatively uncharted waters and support several marine conservation projects.

Hsieh, owner of the Bad Company fleet, commented, “What we are planning to do with the [YS] 5301 no one has ever done before, and I think this will set a whole new tier of adventure for future sportsmen to explore. My hope is that this ambitious programme will inspire a whole new generation of sportsmen to create their own programmes.”

The YS 5301 will be equipped with a 13-metre (43-foot) Release Game boat and a 10-metre (32-foot) Blackfin. Recently repurchased and refurbished for this adventure, the Blackfin was Hsieh’s first Game fishing boat purchase more than 30 years ago. Both Game boats will be deployed into areas where the programme does not already have a Bad Company fleet.

Jan Van Hogerwou, commercial executive at Damen Yachting, said, “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 the mission he has planned for this all-new Yacht Support is very inspiring.”

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, encompassing all the experience from the near 20 Yacht Support vessels built and sold over the last decade.

For more information, visit Damen Yachting.


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