Even though she won’t be in her owner’s hands until next year, La Datcha can already lay claim to completing one significant journey. She traveled from Romania to Vlissingen, The Netherlands, for outfitting, thanks to some guiding helping hands.
This first SeaXplorer 77 launched in June, with abundant craftspeople as well as the owner in attendance. In fact, Oleg Tinkov, a Russian banker who loves adventure sports, commissioned La Datcha to support diving and heliskiing trips. At the launch, he shared, “The Earth is so big and our life is so short, so we have to explore as much as we can. The SeaXplorer project is just perfect. I fell in love with the shape and design.”
The shape of La Datcha is similar to that of the Damen SeaAxe fast support ships. Her hull is optimized not just for challenging conditions, but also navigation in ice. It specifically meets the IMO Polar Code, meaning the SeaXplorer can operate safely in Arctic and Antarctic waters. Regardless of where she roams, the 253-foot (77-meter) megayacht should be self-reliant for more than a month straight.
Now that she has arrived for outfitting, at the Amels shipyard (Damen is its parent company), the project will begin to receive her luxury touches. For example, a glass elevator will connect the guest staterooms’ deck with the upper decks. A total of 12 passengers will be able to stay aboard, too. When they and La Datcha head off for various destinations, harbor pilots and/or expedition leaders will additionally come aboard for expert guidance. And, since Tinkov is so passionate about heliskiing, the vessel will have a certified helipad. For diving, meanwhile, he plans to have a personal sub aboard.
On a related note, the yacht will be available for charter. Take a virtual tour on her dedicated webpage.