The 45 meters Bad company support embarks on an ambitious marlin fishing tour from Madeira, Portugal. The itinerary will include off-the-beaten-track destinations including the Canary Islands, Cape Verde and various other destinations along the west coast of Africa.
It comes after the yacht was sold in January and entered a four-month refit at Safe Harbor Lauderdale Marine Center in South Florida. She rolled out of the shed in June with a number of modifications designed to facilitate her owner’s passion for sport fishing.
The yacht is one of ten ships owned by Anthony Hsieh, which together make up the Bad Company fleet. The most recent addition is the 53-metre YS 53 under construction, the first hull in Damen’s innovative new series due for delivery next year.
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Recent modifications to the 45m Damen have focused on the storage of toys and tenders, in particular the addition of a 10m sport fisherman on the aft deck. Cradles were added and the deck layout was reconfigured to accommodate two tenders and JetSkis.
Elsewhere the crane has been modified and hatches added to allow the sport fishing yacht to be launched and retrieved easily. Work has also been carried out on the exterior and she has been finished with a new coat of custom paint “Bad Company grey”.
Bad company support was originally delivered in 2019, so “she was already in good shape,” according to Dan Nedwidek, captain of two of Bad Company’s support ships and director of Bad Company’s fleet operations.
“We just modified it for our specific needs,” he said. The support yacht was formerly known as rider of joy and was known as pink ombre when she was purchased by Hsieh in January.
The yacht’s upcoming itinerary follows an “unconventional schedule” based on marlin fishing. “Marlins love summer, so we’re chasing summer,” Nedwidek explained. The destinations aren’t always the “garden corners of the world”, but they offer a good mix of angling and adventure, he added.
The other nine yachts in the fleet include the 44-meter Trinity bad company – the world’s largest sport fisherman – which also emerged from a comprehensive redevelopment at the Safe Harbor Lauderdale Marine Center. The yacht will be based around South Florida and the Bahamas.
Elsewhere, a 28-metre yacht built by the American shipyard Jones-Goodell is currently being refitted. She will be based in Cabo San Lucas but will make frequent visits to Cabo and Costa Rica. Meanwhile, the Damen YS 53 under construction will be based in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean. The goal is for Hsieh to have yachts around the world to accommodate his fishing expeditions.
While the Damen ships were designed as support ships, Nedwidek acknowledged that they were not the “traditional mothership”. [that] they support”, as their purpose is usually to support and transport smaller sport fishing boats. “The supporting yachts are also the hotels,” Nedwidek said.
The fleet also supports Hsieh’s charity “War Heroes on the Water”, which helps war veterans through sport fishing tournaments. In 2021, the charity raised $1.35 million to benefit veterans injured in action.