Marine science and pleasure cruising are in the plans for the Arksen yacht Project Pelagos beginning in a few weeks. Having started sea trials recently, the still code-named megayacht is for a family who value ocean conservation as much as exploration.
Signed in 2021, the yacht is an Arksen 85 series launch. She measures upwards of 89 feet (27.3 meters) and spreads social and work areas across three decks. The exterior styling of those decks immediately conveys that she’s not your ordinary luxury yacht. In fact, with shippy looks and a main aft deck capable of stowing a big tender, she looks like she means business. To complement the purposeful looks, Arksen and Humphreys Yacht Design, her naval architect, engineered her for high and tropical latitudes alike. They further chose a pair of workhorse Cummins engines. The hull form and the efficiency of the engines should allow extraordinary range, specifically 7,000 nautical miles.
Inside, her configuration doesn’t entirely follow the norm. In fact, instead of a skylounge, the owners of the yacht Project Pelagos requested a large captain’s cabin. Secondly, the owners wanted accommodations for 12 people, rather than the traditional eight.
Images aren’t yet available of the interior design, though Arksen says it complies with its emphasis on sustainability. The materials have as small an impact on the environment as possible. Overall, the feeling should be light and airy, too.
John Solomon, Arksen’s head of sales, fondly remembers the first conversation with the head of the family. “He wanted to achieve trans-ocean cruising, high efficiency, the ability to explore high and low latitudes, easy operation, and low maintenance while having the latest proven and reliable technology.” That long must-have list is this much closer to being a reality.
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More About the Arksen Yacht Project Pelagos
LOA: 89’6” (27.3 meters)
Beam: 22’6” (6.9 meters)
Draft: 5’0” (1.55 meters)
Guests: 12 in 6 staterooms
Engine: 2/330-hp Cummins
Range: 7,000 nautical miles at 9 knots
Builder: Wight Shipyard
Stylist: Humphreys Yacht Design
Naval Architect: Humphreys Yacht Design
Interior Designer: not available