Damen Yachting’s in-house SeaXplorer design team has combined feedback and experience from its SeaXplorer clients to create its top-of-the-line SeaXplorer yacht – the 105m SeaXplorer 105.
Together with input from exterior design partners at Azure Yacht Design and operational design partners EYOS Expeditions, the concept is an evolution of the best of the previous SeaXplorer 90, SeaXplorer 95 and SeaXplorer 100 designs.
“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.”
Next to the 13m chase boat, the yacht can carry four 8-12m tenders, stored in the forward garage and tender bays. Amongst the yacht’s scope for toys, she can carry a submarine and has a scuba dive deck with watersports centre and waterline embarkment.
With a gross tonnage of 6,500 over eight decks, the SeaXplorer 105 offers large staterooms for 24 guests, including two expansive owner suites, built under PYC rules. There are plentiful on-board stores for all provisions, as well as helicopter fuel, tender fuel and tanks for 8,000nm range.
As part of the SeaXplorer expedition yacht range, the SeaXplorer 105 also features the unique observation lounge with outside bow point deck – a space dedicated to enjoying spectacular views. The space includes a bar and multimedia centre.
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 hull is designed 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 zero-discharge operations for long periods between port calls.
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.
The soon-to-be-published The Superyacht Pacific Report features an in-depth discussion about what the main considerations should be when building a yacht that is suitable for undertaking Pacific cruising with ease, including insight from Enrique Tintore, SeaXplorer design manager at Damen Yachting. To subscribe to the magazine and upcoming issues, please click here.
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