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Construction Begins on First 26.2 metre Arksen 85 Project Ocean

2020-10-20By Miranda Blazeby

Eco explorer yacht specialist Arksen has begun construction on the first hull in its 26.2 metre Arksen 85 series, Project Ocean. 

Project Ocean began construction earlier this month at the Isle of Wight based Wight Shipyard Company (WSC). 

Arksen estimates the build to take around 18 months, after which Project Ocean will begin sea trials. Delivery is scheduled for spring 2022 after which a large portion of Project Ocean's sea time will be dedicated to the Arksen Foundation.

Chief operating officer of WSC, Jo Daly, said: “Wight Shipyard Co has built a reputation for light-weight fuel-efficient vessels to reduce both costs for our customers and lower their carbon footprint. We have been working alongside Arksen to develop a vessel built to the highest of standards that will become a model for the future.”

Arksen's 85 autonomous hybrid explorer series has been designed by naval architects Humphreys Yacht Design and interior design firm Design Unlimited. The hull and superstructure will be constructed from a recycled aluminium capable of being recycled again at the end of the vessel's life.

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.”

Accommodation will be for a total of 12 guests and will include a full beam master suite with a multipurpose space that can be either a library, study, media room or children's cabin. Penned by Design Unlimited, the interior will use a range of recycled and sustainable materials, with soft furnishings even using recycled plastic bottles.

Design Unlimited creative director, Mark Tucker, said: “The Design Unlimited studio have created an interior that is dynamic, functional, attractive and sustainable in both the materials used and in its on-going functionality and versatility of use.”

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.

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

Arksen founder Jasper Smith said Project Ocean beginning construction "is a big milestone in our journey".

He added: “We have been working closely with all our partners to design and build a vessel to be the best in class in efficiency and fuel economy and have gained a comprehensive understanding on the procurement process and supply chain for all the components that we will use throughout.”

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.