Damen unveils latest addition to its SeaXplorer expedition yacht series

Damen Yachting has introduced the latest addition to it SeaXplorer range: the 105-metre SeaXplorer 105. Together with the latest hybrid diesel-electric pod propulsion to reduce its environmental impact, the SeaXplorer 105 complies with the IMO Polar Code category B requirements for polar safety and environmental protection.

The concept is an evolution of the previous SeaXplorer 90, SeaXplorer 95 and SeaXplorer 100 designs and is said to incorporate feedback from clients. The design was created in collaboration with exterior design partners at Azure Yacht Design and operational design partners EYOS Expeditions.

‘The SeaXplorer 105 is a fully developed design,’ says Enrique Tintore, SeaXplorer Design Manager at Damen Yachting. ‘However, the scope for client customisation is massive – that’s a key part of our proposition throughout the design process.’

Eight decks

Next to the 13-metre chase boat, the yacht can carry four 8 to 12-metre tenders (eg. limousine, RIB, landing craft, sports tender) stored in the forward garage and tender bays. Among the yacht’s collection of toys, it can also carry a submarine, and has a scuba dive deck with watersports centre and waterline embarkment.

The SeaXplorer 105 has a luxury expedition-sized volume with a Gross Tonnage of 6500 and 5775 square metres over its eight decks. It offers large staterooms for 24 guests, including two owner suites, built under PYC rules making it fully charterable. It has huge onboard stores for all provisions, luggage parts as well as heli fuel, tender fuel and tanks for an 8000-nautical-mile (Trans Pacific) range.

As part of the SeaXplorer expedition yacht range, the SeaXplorer 105 shares the observation lounge with outside bow point deck – but on a big scale with 123 square metres. The space includes a bar and multimedia centre.

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Ice strengthened

The hull is built with Polar Class 7 ice strengthening with double-acting stern icebreaking for maximum safety in fast-changing ice conditions. The powerful stabiliser fins retract where difficult-to-detect “growlers” (truck-sized fragments of icebergs or glaciers) float beneath the surface – significant hazards for yachts with weak hull appendages such as fixed fins.

Below deck the garbage stores and large greywater tanks ensure its zero-discharge operations for long periods between port calls.

Two helicopters

The fully certified twin helideck (primary surface and standby area) is suitable for two fast and reliable twin-engine helicopters. Below deck a weathertight double hangar with hydraulic lift system keeps both aircraft protected from the elements. Two helicopters offer increased flexibility, redundancy and safety when out of range of rescue services. Plus in Antarctica, regulations require two helicopters when flying far or landing in the mountains for skiing.

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Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.