With all of the expedition yachts on order and on drawing boards, it’s clear that today’s yacht buyers are no longer content with cruising the usual places. But, for some the cost of sending their yacht around the world to remote locales may not be practical. The Arksen Adventure Syndicate aims to make it more attractive, and especially less costly, over a multi-year period.
The Arksen Adventure Syndicate will cover the routes pioneered by historic figures like James Cook, Fridtjof Nansen, Robert Falcon Scott, Jacques Cousteau, and Bill Tilman. Each voyage will incorporate opportunities to participate in ocean-research and ocean-conservation projects, too.
Arksen, which is pushing the boundaries of exploration with hard-core offshore yachts and megayachts to 98 feet (30 meters), has mindful exploration at its core. For instance, it’s constructing the yachts with aluminum hulls purposeful because the material is recyclable. Systems onboard, meanwhile, all emphasize efficiency and durability. They even include solar panels feeding battery banks.
As for the yachts, the Arksen Adventure Syndicate features the Arksen 70 and the Arksen 85 (above). The former accommodates seven people in three staterooms. The latter accommodates 10 people in four staterooms. Each yacht will see construction at Wight Shipyard in England, with naval architecture by Humphreys Yacht Design. The Arksen Explorers’ Specification package will ensure the Arksen 70 and Arksen 85 additionally are capable of handling fun family voyages as well as research voyages. This even extends to specialized equipment and re-arranging rooms for varying needs.
The Arksen Adventure Syndicate provides 25 weeks of annual use across you and your fellow co-owners. Naturally, the number of weeks you receive is based on your ownership share. Regardless, the yachts will divide time among Europe, Asia, the Americas, and other international destinations. Furthermore, you can exchange some of your weeks in one destination for time in a different one.
Arksen’s own Arksen Explorers’ Club will handle logistics and support. In addition, at least 10 percent of each yacht’s operating time will go toward scientific work. While you’re not required to participate in that work, you’re encouraged to do so if you want to learn.
Jasper Smith, Arksen’s founder, says, “The Arksen Adventure Syndicate has been designed very much with families in mind, and our aim is to provide everything they need to embark on a remarkable journey together.” The shared-ownership structure, he continues, affords you “all the ‘good bits’ without the hassle and frustration of paying to own all of a boat that you may not be able to make full use of. We aim to enable more people to explore now and discover new destinations, while sharing our passion and continued support to save our oceans.”
In related news, Arksen is partnering with Praxis Automation Technology to develop hybrid propulsion and vessel-management systems. These are for Arksen yachts to 98 feet (30 meters).