Design Unlimited reveals interior of Arksen 85 explorer
by Miranda Blazeby
Design Unlimited has revealed the interior design of the first Arksen 85 explorer yacht, which is due to enter construction this summer.
Designed for long periods at sea, the 26.2 metre aluminium explorer is one of the three-model Arksen fleet, which ranges from 23 to 30 metres. The first hull in Arksen 85 range has already been sold by the fledgling builder.
Arksen was established by tech entrepreneur Jasper Smith last year, who teamed up with a number of industry veterans to develop and build the fleet.
These include the Isle of Wight-based Wight Shipyard, naval architects Humphreys Yacht Design and interior designers Design Unlimited.
Now the latter has presented the interior design vision for the Arksen 85, which includes a modular cabin system and varying layout configurations.
The interior focuses on “functionality, adaptability and using recycled materials”, the studio said, to suit its purpose as “a true explorer yacht that people will live onboard for months at a time”.
This has seen the studio source the “most durable and environmentally friendly products and fabrics”, including rugs, cushions and throws created from recycled plastic bottles and upholstery created from fabric recycled from the fashion industry.
Extensive storage for long periods at sea has also been a key concern and resulted in a galley equipped with two freezers, two fridges and two dishwashers.
The master cabin is described as a “multi-functional suite” and includes an extra berth, en suite shower and steam room. Additional storage lockers are found beneath the wardrobe and under the bed.
The explorer yacht comes with solar energy capabilities, a diesel/electric hybrid propulsion option and average cruising speeds of 11 – 14 knots.