At the end of last month, the first Damen SeaXplorer luxury expedition yacht emerged from her building hall in the Netherlands. When the 203-foot (62-meter) custom-designed yacht is handed over to her owners in early 2020, she will be the first delivery from the Damen SeaXplorer range.
The SeaXplorer is a customised design with naval architecture by Damen’s inhouse design team and exterior lines by Azure Yacht Design. The owners selected Carlo Torre of Monaco Yacht Temptation to create the interior design and the Fraser technical team to supervise the build.
"This is our first ever SeaXplorer launched and she looks fantastic," says AMELS and DAMEN Managing Director Rose Damen. "Everyone involved in her design, engineering and build can be very proud of the result."
The Polar Class yacht has expedition facilities for 30 days of autonomy, a fully certified helideck and helicopter hangar, plus two large tender garages and a dive store. The power generation consists of a Siemens BlueDrive system with three variable speed generator sets and DC bus. In combination with electrical propulsion motors and a battery pack, the yacht has an economical and environmentally friendly configuration.
Outfitting of the DAMEN SeaXplorer yacht took place at the Vlissingen East yard, located just a few kilometres from the yacht builder’s Vlissingen City yard where AMELS yachts are completed.
The DAMEN SeaXplorer range was introduced in 2015, a crossover innovation created by a top team of experts including the SeaXplorer design team, the Damen Research Laboratory, Azure Yacht Design and EYOS Expeditions, who provided hundreds of operational design features based on their real-world expedition experience.