DAMEN to introduce the SeaXplorer 55 expedition yacht at the Monaco Yacht Show

27 sep 2017

Joining the DAMEN SeaXplorer range, the benchmark in the growing expedition yachting market, is DAMEN’s latest development – the 55.70-metre SeaXplorer 55 (183 ft). 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: “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.”  

Designed for global voyages

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. EYOS Expeditions, who have decades of experience organising bespoke superyacht experiences to our planet’s most remarkable destinations, provided invaluable operational design input based on real expedition experience. The experts from EYOS Expedition will also join DAMEN at the Monaco Yacht Show. 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.  

Expedition features

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 / D-value of 13 (for example an Airbus EC135). The 12-metre slipway can store a multiday expedition boat (illustrated here with a 11.28-metre XO 360) 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. Boarding and disembarking takes place when the boat is in the slipway (dry embarkation) – simple and safe for young and old, even when the wind and waves get higher. For the highest level of service and smooth operations, the yacht accommodates a large crew of 17 including extra expedition staff, pilots and guides.  

Customised solutions

Product Director Mark Vermeulen: “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.

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