77m SeaXplorer La Datcha delivered and begins round-the-world trip

Written by Laura Nicholls

The latest SeaXplorer from Damen Yachting has been delivered to her owners. La Datcha is an adventure-ready luxury superyacht about to embark on a circumnavigation to some of the world's most remote locations. As part of the Tinkoff collection of luxury homes, the new superyacht is the first purpose-built expedition yacht with a fixed itinerary and commercial goal.  La Datcha yacht cruisingPhoto: Damen YachtingLa Datcha yacht at Damen Private View Event 2020Photo: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht TimesLa Datcha yacht at Damen Private View Event 2020Photo: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht TimesAzure Yacht Design & Naval Architecture worked together with Damen Yachting's engineering team whilst being managed by Fraser to bring the Polar Code-compliant concept to life after first announcing the project in 2015. To make it around the world, her list of features make her one of the most impressive expedition yachts out there. La Datcha yacht cruising at Damen shipyardPhoto: Damen YachtingNot only does she feature a toy kit that includes a submersible, two commercially-certified and operated helicopters, two snow scooters and a fully-certified dive centre, La Datchaoffers her guests full use of her five impeccably-styled decks by Vasiliy Sphrits – the designers behind each of the Tinkoff Collection properties’ unique interior style and personality. La Datcha yacht departure at Damen shipyardPhoto: Damen YachtingLa Datcha yacht cruising at Damen shipyardPhoto: Damen YachtingInside, guests will find an observation lounge that sits 9 metres above the water, accommodation for up to 12 guests in six staterooms including two master cabins and an equally-impressive VIP suite, a gym and Jacuzzi. La Datcha yacht launch at Damen YachtingPhoto: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht TimesHaving just left Vlissingen over the weekend, La Datcha is making her way to the Indian Ocean for the winter before heading to Russia in time for the spring. Later on next year, she will be found in Central America and then Antarctica.  La Datcha yacht cruising at Damen shipyardPhoto: Damen YachtingStefano Feltrin, Chief Executive Officer of La Datcha/Tinkoff Collection, who has been involved with the project from day one, comments: “The owner’s team is thrilled to take delivery of La Datcha and start her journey which commenced on the drawing board years ago and will continue in the remote and beautiful places on Earth. We are thankful to the whole Damen Yachting family for all these months working together in very challenging times." La Datcha yacht departure at Damen shipyardPhoto: Damen Yachting"The great end result represented the La Datcha yacht has been achieved thanks to the relentless efforts of many talented people that joined forces to make this happen. We felt at home in The Netherland and at Damen Yachting’s shipyard and are very proud and excited to sail today on such a magnificent yacht," Feltrin adds.  

 “It is always a very proud moment for everyone who has been involved in the build when a yacht departs our yard. The departure of La Datcha is certainly no exception and has definitely been highly anticipated. The interest in her has been phenomenal. She’s a real head-turner with a unique proposition and is not afraid to stand out from the crowd," says Rose Damen, Managing Director at Damen Yachting.   La Datcha yacht departure at Damen shipyardPhoto: Damen Yachting‘’In a year that has challenged us all with Covid-19, new working measures and travel restrictions, it is incredible to see La Datcha head off on the adventures she was built to achieve. That is down to the dedication of everyone involved in this project from our own teams at our yards, to our co-makers and the owner’s teams. We are looking forward to following her adventures as she heads off to explore the world’s far-reaching destinations.”  



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