Less than a year after the Damen SeaXplorer range became public, hull number one has an owner. A SeaXplorer 65, measuring 216 feet (65.9 meters), will start cruising in about three years’ time.
The SeaXplorer line is for those who yearn to visit much more than the typical megayacht destinations. (Damen markets and sells the range via Amels, since it’s the parent company of the yacht builder.)
The yachts, which range up to 328 feet (100 meters), are true expedition yachts, for venturing into both polar and extreme tropical locales. In fact, with styling by Azure Yacht Design, the SeaExplorer employs a hull that Damen uses for the offshore energy industry. The hull further meets Lloyds Polar Class 6, making it capable of breaking ice. (Note that there’s a difference between actually breaking and navigating through ice. Most expedition yachts meant for ice travels are only intended to push away thin, already broken surfaces.) Furthermore, the SeaXplorer 65 will meet a new regulatory standard, the IMO Polar Code. Going into effect next January, the Polar Code protects vessels and their passengers as much as the environment.
In keeping with the expedition idea, the SeaXplorer 65 will be able to stay self-reliant up to 40 days. She’ll treat the owner and guests to superyacht style, too, of course. No information is yet available on the general arrangement and decor for hull number one. Generally, however, the SeaXplorer 65 accommodates 12 in the owner’s party and 20 crewmembers. Buyers can arrange the rooms as they so wish, with their choice of designer as well. For shore spotting, whale watching, and more, Damen and Amels encourage including an observation lounge. It’s an ideal complement to the included crow’s nest. A variety of toys and support craft, ranging from helicopters to personal subs, can stow aboard, too.