First SeaXplorer 55 expedition yacht on track for 2022 delivery

Written by Charl van Rooy

Construction on the first SeaXplorer 55-metre expedition yacht has been continuing at Damen Yachting’s hull building facility in Antalya, Turkey where the entry-level model of the brand’s go-anywhere line of explorer yachts is taking shape ahead of its delivery in the spring of 2022. Damen SeaXplorer 55m under construction in Antalya, TurkeyPhoto: Tom van Oossanen

As part of the design work of Azure Yacht Design, Damen Yachting worked closely with the studio in creating a capable explorer yacht that is as comfortable “in the South of France as it is in South Georgia Island”. Built in full compliance with the IMO Polar Code, the yard claims that the vessel comes with 30 days of full autonomy capabilities for its 12 guests and 17+ crew members. Damen SeaXplorer 55mPhoto: Damen YachtingDamen SeaXplorer 55m under construction in Antalya, TurkeyPhoto: Tom van Oossanen

Unlike any of the larger models currently available in the SeaXplorer range, the Seaxplorer 55 offers a unique slipway at its stern that allows a fully-enclosed 12-metre tender to be carried on board, further extending the vessel’s exploration capabilities, especially in colder climates. Elsewhere, the yacht comes with a certified helicopter landing pad on the upper deck, an observation station on the bow, and a full-beam wheelhouse for an unprecedented navigation experience. Damen SeaXplorer 55mPhoto: Damen YachtingDamen SeaXplorer 55mPhoto: Damen Yachting

At 1090 GT, she will be one of the largest 55-metre yachts in the world with a hefty beam of 11 metres and a durable steel hull providing good seakeeping capabilities. At 11.5 knots the SeaXplorer 55 will be able to cover 5,000 nm without the need to refuel and can reach a top speed of 15 knots. Her relatively shallow draft of 3.5 metres means this explorer can reach areas some larger vessels would not. Damen SeaXplorer 55mPhoto: Damen Yachting

Two SeaXplorer projects are already in advanced stages of outfitting at Damen Yachting in the Netherlands namely the 77-metre La Datcha and the 62-metre Anawa, both scheduled for delivery this year. AMELS yard in VlissingenPhoto: Tom van Oossanen / Amels / Damen

Being built on speculation by Damen yachting, the first hull of the SeaXplorer 55 remains for sale. 

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