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The Arksen series will be the most authentic, capable and efficient explorer vessels of their kind, with a product and ethos that will drive a new wave of innovation within the marine industry.

The Arksen brand comprises three key elements; the Arksen Series – Arksen 70, Arksen 85 and Arksen 100, the Arksen Foundation and the Arksen Explorers’ Club.

Behind Arksen is an exceptional team from across the marine, aviation and technology sectors, as well as a number of world-class partners including Humphreys Yacht Design, Wight Shipyard Company, Design Unlimited and Waterline Media.

Designed for explorers and made for adventure, Arksen vessels have been designed to meet the requirements for true explorer vessels in the 20m to 30m range, and can be manned by minimal crew.  All interior layouts are easily reconfigured so they can be used for leisure, research and commercial purposes.  Through the infusion of the latest technologies and ownership models, Arksen have created a series of platforms that will inspire the next generation of explorers to embark on their adventures.

Arksen have set out to not only create the world’s best explorer vessels for ocean adventure but also to allow owners to use their vessels to the full, creating curated expeditions around the world through the ‘Explorers’ Club’, and the research and conservation projects that Arksen support through the ‘Arksen Foundation’.

Developing a true explorer yacht that people will live onboard for months at a time, brought new challenges for the Design Unlimited team.  As well as designing practical solutions for storage and finding innovative ways to meet the requirements of spending long periods at sea, we had to consider the live aboard experience and wellbeing of the individual.
Another aspect to the ecological integrity of this project is that the yacht can be re-purposed at the end of its life span – with much of the interior materials recyclable, and the modular cabin system allowing for design evolution and adaptation even during its usage.
We are immensely excited to be in involved in such a progressive project!
For more details on the Arken project and the vessels in the range, download the brochure here.