Who says a superyacht can’t be used for Antarctican exploration? Dutch shipyard DAMEN loves challenging expectations and have done just that with their new SeaXplorer range. Made up three vessels (65, 90 and 100 meters), the lineup has officially had its debut at the Monaco Yacht Show and based on these concept photos, we can’t wait to see them in person.
“A number of experienced yachting clients approached us about adapting DAMEN's professional vessels, so we knew from them that there were simply no globally capable luxury explorer yachts out there,” says Rob Luijendijk, AMELS Managing Director. “And that’s also what we heard from EYOS Expeditions who have decades of experience in bespoke luxury expeditions to the wildest places on the planet. So that’s why DAMEN began developing the SeaXplorer. The result is well beyond a pretty rendering. It’s a fully developed range—something only DAMEN could do.”
The company has taken every detail into account, creating the lineup for true bespoke luxury exploration. They spent thousands of hours researching and ice tank testing, ending up with yachts that can break through ice. The vessels also offer up to 40 days of use without the need to visit a port, meaning you can reach some pretty remote destinations.
Altogether, the SeaXplorer range is able to carry tenders (including a dive support one), expedition gear, water toys, diving equipment and a recompression chamber, submersibles and two helicopters.