The SeaXplorer is the world’s first private expedition yacht engineered to comply with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Polar Code category B with heavy ice Polar Class reinforcement. Damen introduces the best option for an Ice Class gigayacht. Most yachts with no ice strengthening will have difficulty obtaining a Polar Code Category C certificate, the lowest level. The SeaXplorer complies with up to Category B – necessary to enjoy the most spectacular scenery and wildlife in the zone between sea. Therefore, the fact that it’s built for science and has been designed to sail some of the roughest seas and farthest oceans, the REV Ocean is tough in all sense of the word and eco-friendly, giving you peace of mind wherever the wind takes you.
Four years ago Damen introduced the Real expedition pedigree SeaXplorer range of explorer yachts, the first purpose-built, Polar Code compliant range of expedition yachts with true global capability from extreme polar to remote tropical areas. The 65 to 100-metre SeaXplorer range was promising life-changing encounters with exotic cultures, majestic wildlife and spectacular wildernesses. Known in the superyacht world for its renowned Dutch luxury builder AMELS and its successful Yacht Support range of vessels, DAMEN is a large, financially strong and stable shipbuilder. Its yards generate an annual €2 billion turnover in markets including Harbour, Defence & Security, Offshore and its Yachting portfolio. Starting from the drawing board, DAMEN has designed every detail of the SeaXplorer range of expedition yachts for life-changing experiences at the extremes of our planet. In the Netherlands, a dedicated DAMEN SeaXplorer team under the responsibility of Product Director Mark Vermeulen has developed the three designs, while AMELS is responsible for sales and marketing.
“A number of experienced yachting clients approached us about adapting DAMEN’s professional vessels, so we knew from them that there were simply no globally capable luxury explorer yachts out there,” said Rob Luijendijk, AMELS Managing Director. “And that’s also what we heard from EYOS Expeditions who have decades of experience in bespoke luxury expeditions to the wildest places on the planet. So that’s why DAMEN began developing the SeaXplorer. The result is well beyond a pretty rendering. It’s a fully developed range – something only DAMEN could do.”
DAMEN has invested thousands of hours in research and development, ice tank testing, and real expedition pedigree through detailed design input from partner EYOS Expeditions. The instantly recognisable exterior lines were penned by AZURE Yacht Design and Naval Architecture. Plus, the SeaXplorer makes no compromise on the superyacht lifestyle with the Owner’s choice of a luxury interior designer. The SeaXplorer is safe and comfortable in any sea thanks to DAMEN’s patented SEA AXE hull design for global comfort and icebreaking capacity. Plus, while other yachts have to wait at a distance, the SeaXplorer’s Polar Class double-acting hull breaks through the ice. The three models in the range can reach the most remote destinations and enjoy up to 40 days of full luxury service for all guests without a port call. The SeaXplorer carries tenders (including a dive support tender), expedition equipment, toys, submersibles, dive equipment (including recompression chamber) and up to two helicopters. Designed for smooth expedition logistics, the yachts can deploy tenders and toys quickly and safely so guests never miss a chance encounter or spontaneous adventure.
Attractive projects at an advanced stage with already two sales from the synergy of DAMEN and AMELS, with the shipbuilding know-how, the deep understanding of superyacht lifestyles and the right experienced partners who understand luxury expeditions.
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