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Legends Episode 4: Superyacht Joy Rider

In episode 4 of YachtWorld Legends, hosts Ryan McVinney and Zuzana Prochazka hop onboard the Damen-built, 151-foot superyacht “Joy Rider”. This spectacular superyacht support vessel is the first of the newly developed YS 4508 model from Damen. 

Overall Design

Joy Rider is a blend of stand-alone functionality and superyacht support features allowing for the comfortable accommodation of 6 guests and 7 crew. She has an explorer feel and her linear exteriors and military style paintwork give an industrial look. This expedition-style yacht is designed for those seeking amazing adventures, and functions as a toy tank for adventure seekers who want to discover undersea treasures and glimpses of elusive deep-sea wildlife.

Above: Joy Rider superyacht on the water running with a luxury tender in the foreground. Photo by Damen.

Key Features

The 1,300 square feet of deck space is enough to carry a small aircraft, a submersible, an off-road vehicle and tenders weighing up to six tons and measuring 35 feet. On the main deck is a 6.7 ton deck crane for moving toys. Joy Rider also features a touch-and-go aft helipad to maximize deck space on the mothership. She also features stabilizers, and a watermaker.

Performance And Propulsion

She is powered by twin Caterpillar C32 TTA engines with a combined power of 2,400 HP and has a top speed of around 16.5 knots. Her rough range of about 5,000 nautical miles comes from an efficient cruising speed of 12 knots, made possible in part due to her zero-speed fin stabilisers.

Written by Emma Coady

Written by: Emma Coady

Emma Coady is a freelance writer and marine journalist who creates content for many household names in the boating industry, including YachtWorld, Boat Trader and She also writes for several boat builders as well as charter and rental companies and regularly contributes to Greenline Hybrid yachts, TJB Super Yachts and Superyachts Monaco. Emma is the founder of Cloud Copy and enjoys traveling around Europe, spending as much of her spare time as possible in or on the water.


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