Damen Yachting has revealed its latest addition to the SeaXplorer range of luxury expedition yachts. The first SeaXplorer 60, featuring hybrid propulsion, is now under construction for delivery in 2024. AS yet, there is no owner for the yacht.

After months of intensive design, the new SeaXplorer 60 is now fully engineered and steel cutting will take place at Damen Yachting’s building facility. By starting the SeaXplorer build up front, Damen Yachting is following its successful Amels Limited Editions approach by offering reliable, customisable luxury explorers with the shortest delivery times on the market.

‘Since introducing our SeaXplorer concept in 2015, Damen Yachting has become well-established as the luxury explorer leader,’says Rose Damen, managing director. ‘But we expect the future will see even more owners demanding the autonomy, safety and flexibility that the SeaXplorer offers. That’s why we decided to build the SeaXplorer 60 on spec for fast delivery in 2024. She is the only luxury explorer yacht available in her class and an amazing opportunity.’

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Particulars and options

The new SeaXplorer design is a crossover innovation of Amels pedigree with Damen shipbuilding knowhow. At 1160 gross tonnage, the explorer yacht features large volume luxury interiors and lots of expedition capability, including wide customisation possibilities for tropical, polar and all sorts of adventures in between. Its particulars are:

  • Length overall: 60.00 metres (197 ft)
  • Beam overall (at hull): 11.00 metres (36 ft)
  • Draught (full load): 3.60 metres
  • Gross tonnage: 1160
  • Maximum speed: 14.5 knots
  • Range @ 11.5 knots: 5000 nautical miles
  • Guests: 12
  • Crew: 16 + Captain

The helideck, when not in use for helicopter operations, can be used as a 150 square-metre party deck, suitable for up to 100 guests or alternatively as a basketball half-court. Below the helideck, the SeaXplorer 60 has a flexible configuration for a big range of tenders up to 10.5 metres in length, a submarine, snowmobiles, jetskis or sailboats. The covered outdoor space, in total 195 square metres, offers the versatility to create a luxury cabana lounge and bar, dive deck, fitness and wellness zone or ski lodge, depending on the owner’s requirements.

Hybrid propulsion

Based on the SeaXplorer deliveries to date, the SeaXplorer 60 offers proven performance and value. Damen Yachting’s partner Azure Yacht Design created the exterior design. Together with its operational design partner, EYOS Expeditions, Damen Yachting has engineered the SeaXplorer with expedition experience from the field. The yacht has hybrid power and propulsion with battery banks, a fully certified helideck, Ice Class and IMO Polar Code compliant engineering. Its stores and tanks allow for up to thirty days of autonomous and safe operations in isolation without port call.

For the SeaXplorer 60’s luxury interiors, Damen Yachting asked designer Jonny Horsfield and his London-based team at H2 Design to create a custom concept. Damen Yachting takes care of the naval architecture.

The SeaXplorer 60 is the latest new build from the SeaXplorer range of luxury expedition yachts. The first SeaXplorer, 62-metre Anawa, was followed by 77-metre La Datcha in 2020 and by the custom 58-metre SeaXplorer in build for delivery to its owner in 2022.

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