Damen confirms SeaXplorer 77 project is under construction

Dutch yard Damen used the 2018 Palm Beach International Boat Show to announce that construction has begun on its SeaXplorer 77 project.

Commissioned by a client who wants to use it as a surfing, diving and heliskiing platform, the 2,700GT yacht is expected to launch in 2020 and acts as a follow-up to the SeaXplorer 65, which is due to hit the water in 2019.

Rose Damen, commercial director of yachting at Damen and Amels, explained that the SeaXplorer 77 places a strong emphasis on helicopter operations, designed around a pair of customised Airbus ACH125s.

“It not only has a fully certified helideck for safe landings, it also has a standby surface for a back-up helicopter,” she said. “Both helicopters can fit in the below deck hangar, so they’re protected from the elements.”

Key features on board the 77-metre (253-foot) motor yacht will include a dedicated ski room with avalanche safety equipment and plentiful storage space for snowmobiles, Jet Skis and a 10.5-metre tender. The reinforced ice-classed hull, which is compliant with the new IMO Polar Code, will allow the SeaXplorer 77 to operate safely in high-latitude regions.

The owner, who has had significant involvement in the design process, commented, “Some people think that fans of outdoor activities should stay in fleabag motels and dry their wet socks on radiators. I believe that you can combine the most active outdoor adventures and sports with ultimate comfort.”

Dedicated aircraft fuel tanks, storage for helicopter spares and pilot accommodation add to the motor yacht’s globetrotting credentials. Demonstrating her exploration capabilities, she will have a maximum autonomy of 40 days.

Accommodation on board is for up to 12 guests and 25 crewmembers, including guides and pilots, as well as the yacht’s operational crew.

Additional details are as yet undisclosed by Damen, but it is understood that Azure Naval Architects contributed to the naval architecture, with SeaXplorer 77 expected to have an estimated cruising speed of 14.5 knots.

For more information, visit Damen.

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