Damen has developed the Seaxplorer range in cooperation with its partners Amels and EYOS Expeditions, as well as Dutch studio, Azure Yacht Design, who created the exterior form. But what’s really crucial here is not so much the consistency of the SeaXplorer’s distinctive aesthetic as the new yacht’s job – which is to consolidate the line’s position as the benchmark in the fast-growing expedition yacht market.
The 55.70-metre (183-foot) SeaXplorer 55 is designed to offer authentic expedition capability, including 30 days of “full luxury autonomy” and IMO Polar Code compliance for visiting Arctic and Antarctic waters. Commercial Director, Rose Damen, explains: “With a SeaXplorer 75 and a SeaXplorer 65 from our range already sold and now under construction, this new design benefits from our SeaXplorer team’s experience and the input from our clients and partners. The SeaXplorer 55 will be just as at home in the South of France as it is in South Georgia Island.”
The SeaXplorer 55 accommodates 12 guests in six staterooms, with a layout that offers plenty of separate areas to enjoy panoramic views and spectacular encounters with wildlife. It includes an Observation Lounge, an outdoor bow point Observation Deck, an indoor/outdoor Sky Lounge, and a Crow’s Nest above the wheelhouse. It also comes with aft ‘Expedition Centre’, which can be configured to cater for the owner’s personal preferences – for example, with a dive centre setup, comprising submersible, dive support tender, decompression chamber and wet gear store.
Elsewhere, the certified helideck is suitable for helicopters with a take-off weight up to 4,000kg and the 12-metre slipway enables the owner to store a very large expedition craft without having to tow it. It also means that boarding and disembarking can take place in the relative safety of the slipway and in much more inclement conditions. And to further ensure a better level of service and operational efficiency, the yacht can also accommodate a crew of 17, including extra expedition staff, pilots and guides.
Product Director, Mark Vermeulen, is plainly confident that the new yacht is perfectly conceived for the needs of the company’s more adventurous clients: “The SeaXplorer 55 is a luxury yacht with real go-anywhere, do-anything expedition pedigree. It has great seakeeping performance and Ice Class capability, but we also offer lots of options for our clients – from full fairing and custom interiors to tailor-made configurations for their expedition equipment.”