Joining the Damen SeaXplorer range in the growing expedition yachting market, Damen’s latest development, the 55.70-metre SeaXplorer 55. Damen introduced the new design to its clients at the Monaco Yacht Show from 27 to 30 September.
The new high-volume yacht with a Gross Tonnage of 1,090 offers real expedition capability, including 30 days of full luxury autonomy off-the-beaten-track and IMO Polar Code compliance for visiting Arctic and Antarctic waters.
Commercial Director Rose Damen comment that “with a SeaXplorer 75 and a SeaXplorer 65 from our range already sold and now under construction, this new design benefits from our dedicated SeaXplorer team’s experience and the input from our clients and partners. The SeaXplorer 55 will be at home just as much in the South of France as it is in South Georgia Island.”
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 SeaXplorer’s exterior design. The instantly recognisable signature now runs through all 5 designs in the 55 to 100-metre SeaXplorer range.
The SeaXplorer 55 accommodates 12 guests in 6 staterooms. The layout offers plenty of unique spaces to enjoy panoramic views and spectacular encounters with wildlife, including the Observation Lounge, outdoor bow point observation deck, indoor/outdoor Sky Lounge, and a Crow’s Nest above the wheelhouse.
The aft Expedition Centre easily handles serious expedition operations. The certified helideck ensures safe landings at night, day and underway. The helideck is suitable for helicopters with a take-off weight up to 4,000 kg.
The 12-metre slipway can store a multiday expedition boat to take the journey further up river or close to icebergs. The slipway means that the owner can take a very large tender without having to tow it.
For the highest level of service and smooth operations, the yacht accommodates a large crew of 17 including extra expedition staff, pilots and guides.
Product Director Mark Vermeulen said “the SeaXplorer 55 is a luxury yacht with real go-anywhere, do-anything expedition pedigree. It has the 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.”
The aft Expedition Centre can be configured to the Owner’s personal passion – for example a dive centre setup with submersible, dive support tender, decompression chamber and wetsuit and dive gear store.