Dutch commercial shipbuilder Damen has collaborated with the naval architects at Azure Yacht Design to conceptualize Damen’s SeaXplorer yachts – boats built to cut through water or polar conditions seamlessly.
Each of the 213-, 295-, and 328-foot versions of the superyacht are capable of sitting at sea for 40 days at a time, and meet the International Maritime Organization’s new Polar Code classification (effective in 2017) required of all vessels going to extreme latitudes of the Earth.
Damen’s yachts feature a patented Sea Axe bow and hull, able to cut through nearly three feet of first-year sea ice—even while traveling. Along with the Polar Class 6 certification, the yachts can operate in the Arctic and Antarctic during the summer and fall months.
The SeaXplorers flourish in good weather too; there’s a swimming pool and an expanse of outdoor lounge space that includes a sundeck with a hot tub. The storage and garage space houses a rescue boat, Zodiac MK-5 inflatables, personal watercraft, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, mountain bikes, and a personal submersible.
The Damens should be cutting through the ice soon, as the concepts were introduced just last month at the Monaco Yacht Show.