669 Feet of New Yachts

Three new superyachts from VSY, Benetti and Damen.

June 28, 2019
210-foot Atomicyacht
The 210-foot Atomic was penned yacht designer Espen Oeino. The yacht has six staterooms and a firepit on her sundeck. Courtesy VSY

VSY Launches 210-Foot Yacht

Atomic will be completed in Viareggio, Italy, before delivery to her owners.

The VSY shipyard in Italy has launched the 210-foot Atomic, which now heads to Viareggio for final outfitting prior to delivery to her owners.

Atomic is the third yacht in a VSY series from designer Espen Oeino. The other two yachts were the 203-foot Candyscape II (now known as Sealyon) and the 203-foot RoMa.

Jean-Claude Carme of Thompson, Westwood & White oversaw the Atomic project. The yacht has a dynamic positioning system, diesel-electric thrusters—she can navigate on electric power alone—an exhaust-fumes purifier, and high-powered generators inside sound-insulated cabins.


Darnet Design handled interiors. There are six guest staterooms including a master with private terraces. Up on the sundeck are an infinity pool and a firepit.

This yacht is for scuba lovers: An onboard dive center is equipped for all 12 guests to gear up at once.

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Metis Benetti Yacht
Metis‘ exterior design is from Benetti and Giorgio M. Cassetta. Interiors are by U.K.-based Bannenberg & Rowell. Courtesy Benetti

Benetti Delivers Custom 207-Foot Yacht

Metis reportedly has an elaborate interior by Bannenberg & Rowell.

Benetti Yachts in Italy has delivered the 207-foot Metis, with what’s being described as an elaborate interior by Bannenberg & Rowell in the U.K.

Metis‘ unique layout has freed us from what I call the tyranny of alignment, allowing us to unlock new corners and views of asymmetric designs,” Dickie Bannenberg stated in a press release.

An example of what he means is in the yacht’s beach club, where rooms are rotated by about 30 degrees compared to traditional layouts, offering outdoor views through the transom and side doors. The main and upper-deck salons also are rotated in similar ways.


Exteriors on the yacht are a collaboration by Benetti and Giorgio M. Cassetta, who created the long bow with a vertical straight edge.

Just some of the interior décor elements: calacatta and coffee-brown marbles, polished steel, carbon and smoked oak wood finishes.

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Damen Sea Explorer Yacht
This 252-foot explorer yacht can voyage for up to 40 days without checking into port. She’ll debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2020. Courtesy Damen

Damen Launches SeaXplorer 77

La Datcha is a 252-foot yacht customized to support the owner’s hobby of heli-skiing.

Damen has launched the 252-foot SeaXplorer La Datcha —the largest SeaXplorer yet—from its yard in Romania. The expedition yacht will now move to the Netherlands for outfitting, with delivery and a debut at the Monaco Yacht Show expected in 2020.

La Datcha is heavily customized to support her owner’s passion of heli-skiing. The yacht is designed to carry snowmobiles and a submarine in addition to various tenders and toys, and she has a helideck and a hangar for two aircraft.

“This is the one yacht with two helicopters, so you can really go further into the mainland,” the owner stated in a press release. “You can see the bears. You can see the animals. You can heli-ski. Any kind of activities, fishing and so on. With two helicopters, you have absolute freedom to explore any remote territory as deep as you want.”

La Datcha is built to carry provisions for 40 days of cruising without pulling into a port of call.

“I’ll be really excited to have this boat the first time in the Kuril Islands and then Kamchatka in 2021,” the owner stated. “That’s a real excitement because I’ve explored Kamchatka quite well with the helicopter but it would be quite nice to explore it from the shore, more remote territories and see the far east of Russia and then continue on to Alaska. From there, we can go on and do so many things.”

Will La Datcha charter? Reportedly yes, in a range of polar and tropical destinations during a two-year global cruise. She accommodates 12 guests with 25 crew.

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