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First Arksen 85 explorer yacht Project Ocean on track for 2022 launch

10 September 2021• Written by Miranda Blazeby

The first Arksen 85 explorer yacht Project Ocean is on track for a mid-2022 launch and is set to begin outfitting next month. 

Hot work on the first hull, which is now a complete aluminium structure, is nearing completion at Wight Shipyard in the UK. After this work is complete, the yacht will be moved shed to begin outfitting ahead of hitting the water. The builder has also released new images of the interior penned by Design Unlimited following customisations by the syndicate owners. 

Project Ocean is now a complete aluminium structure

The 26.2 metre hybrid yacht is the first in Arksen's 85 autonomous hybrid explorer series. The yacht is designed by naval architect Humphreys Yacht Design and features a hull and superstructure constructed from recycled aluminium capable of being recycled again at the end of the vessel's life.

The yacht will be launched in mid-2022

Delivery is scheduled for 2022 after which a large portion of Project Ocean's sea time will be dedicated to the Arksen Foundation for research and conservation work.

To meet the client brief for a family home on the ocean, the team at Design Unlimited developed a custom interior that blends comfort with the practicalities necessary for successful long-range cruising.

The saloon

Enabling guests to take in their surroundings, the vessel features near-uninterrupted panoramic views from the main saloon and bridge deck. The lower deck accommodates up to 10 guests in four en-suite cabins, including a full-beam owner’s cabin with a multi-purpose snug and library for remote working. The interior will feature e a range of recycled and sustainable materials, with soft furnishings even using recycled plastic bottles.

Co-director of Humphreys Yacht Design, Tom Humphreys, said: “Arksen’s dedication to researching and understanding our impact on the environment will be invaluable in helping to re-shape the development of leisure-vessel production in the motor yacht sector.”

Project Ocean is on track for a mid-2022 launch

Project Ocean will be powered by a full hybrid propulsion package for a top speed of 14 knots and cruising speed of 9-11 knots, providing a range of up to 7000 nautical miles.

The master cabin

Project Ocean will also be equipped with solar energy capabilities providing up to 7kW of zero-carbon electrical power.

The master cabin office

The Arksen 85 is the flagship of the fledgling builder's fleet, which also includes the Arksen 60 and Arksen 75. Larger models are also in the pipeline.

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