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Interiors of in-build Arksen Project Pelagos revealed

29 March 2022• Written by Katia Damborsky


Motor Yacht


Arksen ·  26.2 m ·  2022

UK shipyard Arksen has unveiled the interiors of Project Pelagos, the second hull in its flagship fleet of Arksen 85 explorers.

The 26.2 metre superyacht features interiors by Design Unlimited. The studio has said that the yacht will have an explorer feel but “the use of the yacht will be very different [and that is] reflected in the interiors.”

Instead, the yacht’s styling will focus on al fresco living, as per the owner’s request to cruise in the Mediterranean.

Hull number two is scheduled for a November 2022 launch
Images courtesy of Arksen

“The owner had a clear vision for the main saloon,” said Design Unlimited’s Nigel Jones. “The use of this area is to be relaxed and family orientated, with the intention of playing card games, watching films and casual dining.

“The more formal and social dining for this owner will be set up on the main deck outside so they can enjoy the elements.”

The main saloon is bright and airy

Designed by naval architect Humphrey’s Yacht Design, the explorer features a hull and superstructure constructed from recycled aluminium that can be reused at the end of the vessel’s life.

Unlike on hull number one, Project Pelagos trades an owner’s snug for an additional captain’s cabin that also holds navigational equipment. This will give the captain increased flexibility to maneuver the yacht from the comfort of his cabin.

Project Pelagos has been designed with sustainability in mind. “Clients want more eco-friendly options, and this is becoming much easier than it was a few years ago with the range available,” said Sophie Porteous, head of FF&E at Design Unlimited.

As a result, Project Pelagos is finished in a variety of natural and whitewashed recyclable timber and all on-board laminates are made from papers. Fabrics also have veritable eco-credentials.

Named by the owner after the Greek word for ‘wide open sea’, Project Pelagos is powered by twin Cummins QSL9 diesel engines for a top speed of 14 knots.

Project Pelagos is already in build at the Wight Shipyard in Cowes, with delivery slated for November 2022.

The interior reveal comes as the first hull in the series approaches the outfitting stage of its build. Named Project Ocean, hull number one is on track for a mid-2022 launch. Arksen 85 hull number three is scheduled to start construction in late 2021 with delivery available in Summer 2023.

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