M/Y Golden Shadow, built in 1993 in San Diego, USA, is the first support vessel ever designed and built with worldwide functional capabilities combined with Yacht and Research requirements in mind. Right from the start, her owner decided he wanted a ‘shadow yacht’ that would be ideal for numerous purposes.
Over the years she has conducted many scientific research missions in widespread areas of the oceans, more recently in 2015 she completed a five year around the world mission, surveying coral reefs and ocean habitats across the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
She is an ideal platform for such research trips as she can carry and handle many different boat types and equipment and has a large diving and underwater operations facility on board. This includes a two man dive chamber, essential safety equipment when operating on the fringes of the known world.
Golden Shadow carries on board various sizes of water crafts. The largest one, ‘Calcutta’, is a twin-engine catamaran that can be used either as a tender or as a dive boat suitable to take large groups to distant diving spots. In addition, she has two smaller cat boats ideal to berth easily anywhere and a Jet RIB when a fast journey is required. For general use or to beach on remote areas, she also offers two more RIBs as well as four jet-skis.
Shadow’s aft deck benefits from a vast area big enough that it carried in the past an 8-seater seaplane. Alternatively, it was used to transport up to 12 hypercars and additional staff whilst acting as a support vessel to another yacht enabling the charterer to bring his auto collection with him on holiday. The stern platform is perfectly designed to drive the cars straight on board (quay heights permitted) and for the crew, to launch boats very quickly.
When cleared of boats and equipment, the deck space becomes a perfect place to organise large events and shows at the quayside.
Name: M/Y Golden Shadow
Length Over All: 67 meters
Draft: 4.50 meters
Builder: Campbell Shipyard, San Diego, USA
Year of build: 1993
Double cabins: 2
Single cabins: 2
Twin cabins: 7