For those late in the room, Arksen is the yacht brand of choice for intrepid adventurers. Their wares are more than yachts – they’re high-class explorer vessels fit for marine research and global exploration. Considering the emphasis on functionality, they’re pretty impressively decked out, as these shots of the Arksen 85 (from £5 million) – a 26.2m yacht, currently being built by Arksen and to be delivered in 2020, whose two diesel electric engines propel it to a top speed of 14.0kn – demonstrate..
Talking through the subtleties of an interior created by the award-winning Design Unlimited team, Arksen CEO Mark Tucker enthuses about how the “un-interrupted sight lines throughout the saloon offer fantastic viewing of the surroundings and in this area, as with the upper deck. The joinery and layout has been designed to create minimal visual clutter and allow a connection throughout the length of the boat.”
Something of an ergonomic marvel, the galley has dedicated storage solutions for long distance cruising. “It comes complete with a 90cm hob and oven, combi oven, two freezers, two fridges, two dishwashers, recycling dry stores and equipment storage,” says Tucker.
“On the lower deck, the starboard guest pullman cabin was designed to form a work station as the interiors need to be as flexible as possible to allow for the different people who will be joining the ventures of this boat through the work of Arksen Foundation.” These, of course, will include scientists and researchers as well as media personnel and adventuring families.
“All spaces within the master suite can be opened up with sliding doors, allowing for free movement between areas and giving a large open plan feel which is not often seen on an 85ft motor yacht,” continues Tucker. “The flybridge has also been designed with clever use of space in mind and incorporates a multi-function converting sofa to be used as a dining area, coffee table or large daybed.”
The team have gone to exceptional lengths, according to Tucker, to source the most durable and environmentally friendly products and fabrics to make the fit-out environmentally sensitive: the rugs, cushions and throws, for example, were created using recycled plastic bottles from Salcombe-based Weaver Green. The fabrics, meanwhile, are innovative, recycled cotton rich weaves, woven in Italy from yarns recycled from the fashion industry.