The Arksen philosophy of enabling cruisers to build a yacht for global exploration and contribute to ocean conservation and research is catching on. A client has signed hull number two of the Arksen 85 series, with the megayacht known as Project Pelagos for now.
The 85 is the largest Arksen yacht, with the others being a 65 and 75. Like the first 85, Project Ocean, Project Pelagos is seeing construction at Wight Shipyard Co. on the Isle of Wight. She also features naval architecture and styling by Humphreys Yacht Design. Global cruising in even extreme conditions is a series priority, with clients tapping Arksen’s support team for assistance with logistics. Furthermore, anticipate a 7,000-nautical-mile range when the 85 is running between 9 and 11 knots under hybrid power.
Arksen isn’t revealing much more at this point about Project Pelagos, other than accommodations for 12 in six staterooms, plus an exploratory spirit for the owner. “As he described the key criteria for his family’s next vessel and the adventures that they wished to undertake, it quickly became clear to both he and I that the Arksen 85 was an ideal fit,” says John Solomon, Arksen’s head of sales. High- and low-latitude cruising, transoceanic voyages, and proven, reliable technology were all important, he adds.
Of course, being able to tailor the general arrangement and interior design was important, too. Though specific woods and other materials are unknown, sustainability is at the core.
Look for Project Pelagos to be in the water by November of next year. In the meantime, the Arksen team intends to begin hull number three on spec later this year. She should be ready for delivery in the summer of 2023.
Humphreys Yacht Design humphreysdesign.com
Wight Shipyard Co. wightshipyard.com