Hitting the water for the first time today was the hull of the all-new 76.9-metre La Datcha expedition yacht at Damen Shipyard Galati. With the keel laying ceremony in July last year, the Damen SeaXplorer 77 will leave the hull building yard in Romania to be transported to the Netherlands for outfitting. Sitting at 2,560GT, La Datcha is Damen’s largest SeaXplorer superyacht to date and is owned by Russian entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov.
Photo: Tom van OossanenSpanning across five decks, the customised Damen SeaXplorer 77 features the exterior design of Azure Naval Architects from the Netherlands who worked with Damen’s team of engineers in Gorinchem. Once she is delivered during September 2020, La Datcha will be able to accommodate up to 12 guests in six staterooms all decorated to the custom designs of Oleg Tinkov's chosen interior designer.
Photo: Tom van Oossanen
Photo: Tom van OossanenA crew of up to 25 will include pilots and expedition staff to help operate the submersible, tenders, toys and aircraft. The extensive aft-deck on the SeaXplorer 77 is capable of receiving two helicopters at full rotation, both of which can be stored safely in the below deck hangar. When not in use, the aft deck can be transformed into an entertainment deck. The yacht comes complete with onboard refuelling and ice-breaking capabilities.