On June 4, Dutch builders Amels and Damen celebrated the hull launch of La Datcha SeaXplorer following construction on the Danube River.
The owner of the innovative 252-foot (77-meter) luxury expedition yacht attended the event with his family at the hull-building yard Damen Shipyards Galati. This summer the hull will be transported to the SeaXplorer outfitting yard in the Netherlands prior to delivery in September 2020, when the yacht will make its debut at the Monaco Yacht Show.
La Datcha is based on the SeaXplorer expedition yacht design with extensive customizations to the owner’s requirements, including his passion for heli-skiing. She has a helideck and hangar for two aircraft, fully certified for helicopters up to 8,818 lbs. (4,000 kg).
“The Earth is so big and our life is so short, so we have to explore as much as we can,” the owner stated on board just before the launch. “And the SeaXplorer project is just perfect. I fell in love with the shape, the design. Don’t forget that this is the one yacht with two helicopters, so you can really go further into the mainland. You can see the bears. You can see the animals. You can heliski, plus many other activities such as fishing and so on. With two helicopters you have absolute freedom to explore any remote territory as deep as you want.”
The yacht carries extra provisions and facilities for 40 days of global autonomy without port call, and a superb set of toys, tenders, snowmobiles and a submarine.
“I’ll be really excited to have this boat the first time in Kuril Islands and then Kamchatka in 2021,” the owner continued. “That’s a real excitement because I’ve explored Kamchatka quite well with the helicopter but it would be quite nice to explore it from the shore, more remote territories and see the far east of Russia and then continue on to Alaska. From there, we can go on and do so many things.”
The owner intends to make La Datcha available for charter in a range of polar and tropical destinations during an extensive two-year global tour (see www.ladatcha.com).
Amels and Damen Managing Director, Rose Damen, was also at the launch. “The owner has a lot of energy and ideas that went into the design of La Datcha. This yacht is the largest and most capable SeaXplorer so far, custom built to the owner’s requirements. There is no other yacht like it in the world. We’re very proud to be building her and can’t wait to see La Datcha exploring the world.”
La Datcha SeaXplorer 77 has a volume of 2,560 Gross Tonnage and accommodates 12 guests, including two master suites, plus accommodation for 25 crew. The yacht’s exterior design is by Azure Yacht Design, and the interior is Vasiliy Shprits and his studio, which has also designed many of the owner’s residential properties.
“When La Datcha is delivered next year,” Rose continues, “I’m sure she will transform the way people think about high-end explorer yachting. There’s so much more of the world to explore and have the most amazing adventures and there’s no better yacht to do it with than La Datcha SeaXplorer 77.”
The SeaXplorer is the world’s premiere range of luxury expedition yachts – the ultimate crossover of Damen knowhow from delivering naval and offshore ships combined with the top quality of Amels superyachts. The SeaXplorer designs up to 345-feet (105 meters) combine a unique yacht building pedigree with extensive operational input by design partner EYOS Expeditions and an exterior design signature by Azure Yacht Design.