Arksen has sold its first hybrid-powered 85 explorer yacht, with a range of 7,000 nm at 9 knots, to a family that plans to cruise around the world, starting with the fjords of Norway next spring.
Arksen is a new company, the brainchild of Jasper Smith, a tech entrepreneur and adventurer, working with Humphreys Yacht Design in the UK and the Wight Shipyard on the Isle of Wight for construction. Design Unlimited did the interior.
The Arksen 85 is designed for long-range cruising efficiency and it’s built to minimize its carbon footprint. It has a hybrid propulsion system, with an aluminum hull, solar cells, two 246kW electric motors and two 325-hp diesels. The new 85 has a top speed of 14 knots and a cruising speed of 9 to 12 knots. It also is built with recycled aluminum that can be used again and again.
The interiors also are designed with the sustainable theme, using fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles. The boat has an open, contemporary design with light colors; the salon and bridge deck have large windows providing panoramic views.
The company says the boat is designed “to explore far-flung destinations with an off-grid functionality optimized for family use.” The accommodations include four staterooms with a full-beam master; they can be customized to provide “a family home on the water.”
The hull is long and slender, flattening out toward the stern. The two props are protected by skegs.
The owners of hull number one plan to start their world cruising in Norway, and then head for the Med, the Caribbean, over to the United States and Canada, transit the Northwest Passage and then go south to Patagonia and Antarctica.
Arksen is building the second 85 for delivery in late 2022 and a third for early 2023.
For his part, Smith sailed a 55-foot yacht from Australia to Alaska, via the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia, in 1989, climbing 11 mountains along the way. New owners of his boats agree to make them available for research and conservation use while they’re cruising.
Specs.: LOA: 89’5”; Beam: 22’6”; Draft: 5’0”; Disp.: 82.5 tons; Fuel: 4,755 gals.; Water: 1,585 gals.; Power: 2x246kW; 2×325-hp diesels. Read more: