First Arksen 85 'Project Pelagos' is launched.

— 18 May 2023

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We are delighted to announce the launch of the Arksen 85 ‘Project Pelagos’ at Wight Shipyard in East Cowes. The launch marks a significant milestone, with Humphreys Yacht Design having been at the heart of Arksen’s Explorer Series since the initial concept development, providing naval architecture and exterior design and styling for these stand-out explorer vessels.


The Arksen 85 is a true explorer, with efficiency, comfort and safety at its core, providing an exceptionally robust and versatile platform whether for self-sufficient world cruising or weekend cruising with family or friends. Key features of the design include a highly efficient fast-displacement hull form to minimise fuel consumption, optimised and refined by HYD over an extensive R&D program; large tank capacities providing exceptional range and self-sufficiency; high levels of stability to enhance safety when operating in the world’s harshest and most remote locations; high levels of comfort through optimised seakeeping characteristics and active stabilisation; high load carrying capability to allow a wide range of equipment for both recreational and research purposes to be carried; rugged aluminium construction, with shell plate thickness significantly greater than Class requirements.


“It’s great to see the first Arksen 85 in the water after an intensive but thoroughly enjoyable period of development. Efficiency and capability has been a focal point throughout and has very much aligned with our own ethos as a design office”

Commented Tom Humphreys, Director, Humphreys Yacht Design.


“Arksen has an enlightened vision, seeking the efficiency and purposefulness that we believe will continue to frame motor yacht design in the years to come”

Rob Humphreys, Founder, Humphreys Yacht Design


Another Arksen 85, Project Ocean, will launch later this year

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