Yacht Support Vessels - aka Shadow Boats

There is a buzz on the waterfront regarding the use and development of yacht support vessels. They allow smaller yachts to enjoy all of the capabilities of much bigger yachts (helicopters, large tenders, extra fuel, additional crew or staff, safety and security) and can be procured and operated at a much reduced cost in comparison to the magnitude of ship necessary to support these additional enhancements on its own bottom. Amevi Surprise (ex-Lady Lola Shadow), a topic of this Forum, is the model.

Placed now before the membership is the opportunity to comment on the pros and cons of such a concept. You have all been very vocal about toys and tenders in the past, so I trust that this exercise will get the creative juices flowing. The very minds that make this Forum such an innovative and exploratory (even if overly critical of taste and style yet unabashedly forthright) are invited to participate in the conceptual development of the ultimate yacht support vessel.

Can it be possible for the owner of a wonderful 100 footer to enjoy the capacities and capabilites of a 300 footer? The safety and security of two vessels traveling in tandem cannot be escaped.

Your insights, advice, abuse and ideas are all warmly welcome. You can see how the concept is evolving at http://www.shadowboat.com; you will be able to read about the development and design of these solid steel ships in an upcoming edition of PMY; and best of all, you will be able to walk her decks in the flesh at the Ft. Lauderdale Show. All Forum members will be welcomed aboard!

Your queries and concerns will be promptly addressed in order to stimulate a lively discourse.