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Hull turned on first 26.2m Arksen 85 explorer yacht Project Ocean

4 May 2021By Ria Wolstenholme, By Miranda Blazeby

Eco explorer yacht specialist Arksen has reached a milestone in the construction of its first Arksen 85 explorer yacht Project Ocean. 

The hull of the 26.2m hybrid yacht was turned at the Isle of Wight based Wight Shipyard Company (WSC). Construction on the aluminium superstructure meanwhile is set to get underway soon. 

“The hull construction of the first Arksen 85 is now about 90% complete in terms of the aluminium work. Seeing the hull turn the other week was a great milestone for us and it’s now great to be able to walk along the deck and to really get a feel for the interior space," said  Jim Mair, Arksen technical director.

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 recycled aluminium capable of being recycled again at the end of the vessel's life.

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 fo research and conservation work.

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

"By working closely with the owners on materials and details, we have developed an eclectic and comfortable interior that takes inspiration from boutique hotels and Nordic landscapes. These influences have been implemented through the use of timbers, textured fabrics and brass hardware." Mark Tucker, Creative Director of Design Unlimited.

Enabling guests to take in their surroundings, the vessel features near-uninterrupted panoramic views from the main saloon and bridge deck. The lower deck accomodates up to 10 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 even use 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.”

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.

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.