Superyacht owner Anthony Hsieh was delighted when he saw Bad Company Support slide down the slipway. The launching of his brand-new 53-metre Yacht Support launch from her shed, saw his lifelong dream come true.
Antony is a seasoned yacht owner. He has built up the world’s most unique and modern sports fishing fleet. It is an 11-strong armada of boats, of all shapes and sizes. The fleet is dedicated to a private fishing programme and a world tour.
His YS 5301, the first of Damen Yachting’s revived Yacht Support series, is set to take up her place as the fleet’s mothership. She will be named Bad Company Support.
The new yacht will replace the Owner’s current 46-metre YS 4508 Yacht Support vessel. She is also named Bad Company Support. She was built by Damen Yachting in 2019 and sold to Anthony Hsieh in 2021.
In supporting sports fishing, Anthony is involved in several marine conservation projects. These are in remote locations across the planet such as those initiated by the Coastal Conservation Association of California.
“The YS 53 will allow us to cover areas of the planet that haven’t really been explored with contemporary fishing. It will be interesting to see what happens when we deploy the latest in modern fishing techniques together with the best equipment available,” he said.
Catch and release
We will be catching and releasing and helping the scientific community. And deploying some satellite tagging systems,” explains Anthony. And all of this is happening during the Bad Company fleet world tour. That is something which Anthony and his team are proud to have created.
“What we are planning to do with Bad Company Support no one has ever done before, and I think this will set a whole new tier of adventure for future yachts people,” says Anthony.
Bad Company Support will tour the Mediterranean for a shakedown trip, and then move into the Atlantic Ocean in its first year, followed by next year in the Indian Ocean and Pacific.
In good company
The new mothership will be equipped with a 43ft Release Game boat and Blackfin a 10 metre a boat which carries significant sentiment for the Owner.
Recently repurchased and refurbished for this adventure, Blackfin was Anthony’s first Game fishing boat purchased more than 30 years ago.
The helicopter on board Bad Company Support will provide him and his guests with easy airport transfers to and from the mothership.
Designed entirely by Damen Yachting the yacht was constructed at the builder’s facility in Turkey. Bad Company Support features a huge 15-tonne deck crane. She is fully IMO Tier III compliant to reduce harmful emissions by up to 70% for full-range operations.
Her two main engines can deliver speeds of up to 19 knots.