Arksen’s first Explorer begins production

The first Arksen 85 in build at Wight Shipyard Company Photo: Arksen

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Arksen’s first Explorer Vessel under its sustainable marine adventure project has gone into production in the UK with sea trials planned for spring 2022.

The Arksen 85 Project Ocean is the flagship of the new Explorer Series which also includes the 60 and 75, with larger models in the pipeline. UK south coast businesses are helping to bring the project to life with partnerships with Humphreys Yacht Design, Chartwell Marine and Wight Shipyard Company where the Project Ocean started build earlier this month.

“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,” said Arksen founder, Jasper Smith. “To have the first Arksen 85 vessel in production is a big milestone in our journey and we look forward to having our first boat on the water in the near future,” he added.


The Project Ocean will have four cabins accommodating up to 12. With a top speed of 14 knots and a maximum range of up to 7,000nm, she has a full hybrid propulsion package and energy management system supplied by Praxis Automation Technology. Onboard solar capacity offers up to 7kW of zero-carbon electrical power and heating and ventilation systems use thermal reclaim for improved efficiency.

The hull and superstructure are aluminium which contains recycled material and can again be recycled at the end of the vessel’s life. Similarly the interior will use a wide range of sustainable materials including many from recycled sources.

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