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Arksen 85 Explorer Vessel for sale in United Kingdom for £6,600,000

27 m
7.0 m
Draft Max
1.6 m
Hybrid (fuel/electro)
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About this Arksen 85 Explorer Vessel


The Arksen 85 is amongst the safest, most capable and robust vessels in her class. A remarkably efficient long-range explorer with an extensive standard specification, she is capable of competently embarking on worldwide adventures with a high degree of autonomy or equally at home weekend cruising with family and friends.

Arksen vessels are all designed and built to allow Owners to explore the globe, with the confidence, comfort, independence and efficiency expected of a serious, modern, long-range cruising yacht.

Robustness, reliability and efficiency are they key elements considered in every aspect of the Arksen 85’s journey, from drawing board to handover, with redundancy in all critical systems and care taken to ensure accessibility and serviceability at sea.

The conception of Arksen, its values and the engineering process that has resulted in the Arksen series of vessels, was born from a collaboration of world-renowned yacht designers, boatbuilders, explorers and Tech industry leaders.

Whether on ocean passage, exploring remote coastlines or relaxing self-sufficiently in anchorages, Owners can rest assured that their vessel is designed to allow them to focus purely on the enjoyment of that experience.

Arksen vessels are designed to be able to undertake multiple roles – cruising with families, adventuring with explorers, crewed charter, research, media production, deployment of small submersibles, access to wilderness for adventure sports, etc. The highly capable standard vessel can be customised, optimised for a specific use case or configured for maximum flexibility.



  • Built to commercial regulations - MCA Workboat Code, Category 0, Unrestricted.
  • Incredibly stable and safe - capable of self righting through 180 degrees
  • Large aft deck with maximum payload of 4,000kg. Storage for tender up to 6 metres in length.
  • Accommodation for 8 to 14 with a variety of layouts. 
  • Up to 7,000nm range
  • Solar array option provides zero-carbon electrical power
  • Onboard systems use thermal reclaim for improved efficiency
  • Hybrid propulsion option provides increased efficiency, lower emissions allow for silent running


  • Exceeding MCA Category 0 build regulations for unrestricted operation
  • Hull built to exceed Lloyds SSC G6 structural rules for unrestricted service.

180 degrees of positive buoyancy (self righting) in cruising trim


  • 7,000nm range at 9 knots thanks to a hyper efficient hull design
  • High capacity water maker
  • Large amounts of storage
  • Low maintenance requirements.


  • Sea-kindly and stable hull design aided by active fin stabilisers and optional gyro stabilisers
  • Insulation and climate control to cope with both high latitude and tropical conditions.


  • Zero discharge capable through the latest waste management hardware
  • Zero emissions capable whilst operating in full electric mode with optional hybrid propulsion system
  • Zero emissions capable at anchor with optional solar power generation

Hull and superstructure built in low carbon, recycled aluminium.


Comprehensively equipped bridge, superb 360 degree views and an internal stair that allows safe access to the main deck in all conditions.
A door to port of the helm and another aft provide access to the 360 degree external walkway, connecting a Portuguese bridge with sofa forward and dining area aft.

Seating raised to window height provides an all-around view. Forward study area with option for a concealed helm position. Access to the side deck via a starboard side door and to the aft deck via a lobby/wet room, from where there is an internal stair to the bridge deck.

Sociable, open galley with superb views and easy access to multiple dining areas in the saloon, bridge deck, aft and forward decks. As an alternative the galley can be located on the lower deck.

UK King size bed with spacious access all around and large storage below. Adjoining snug with desk and sofa. Large panoramic windows to port and starboard. Very large walk-in shower (optional steam room) with large window, full size head, excellent storage, heated mirror

Both the port and starboard guest cabins have berths that can be configured either as twins or as a double. A third, Pullman berth is optional.

Complete with en-suite and fitted out to the same standard as the rest of the yacht. Direct access to the utility room stores. Well separated from the owner / guest accommodation.


The aft bench is reversible to face forward or aft. The table can be lowered and, with a cushion infill, creates a lounging pad. To port is a BBQ/grill, fridge and sink.

There is a bench seat up on the bridge deck for panoramic views when underway, or for privacy when moored. On the main deck there is a large lounging area with a coffee table that can be converted into a sun bed. Forward of this seating is additional space for truly stunning alfresco dining. A bimini can also be placed over this area when required.

Aft of the bridge deck is a third outdoor dining area within easy reach of galley via the internal stairs and with access to the 360 degree external walkway.

The central table can be lowered and a cushion insert forms another large lounging area, for ultimate relaxation.
It’s not just the design that has been carefully thought out but also the choice of materials used. Our partners at Design Unlimited have gone to great lengths to source durable and environmentally friendly products and fabrics to fit out this eco-conscious vessel. Design Unlimited are an innovative yacht design studio with an established reputation for excellence in both interior design and exterior styling. The multi-award winning team excels in new challenges, creating designs for everything from modern luxury motor yachts, large sailing superyachts and classic gentlemen’s yachts to racing yachts.


The Arksen 85 is built in partnership with Wight Shipyard Company, one of Europe’s leading shipyards with an established reputation for providing vessels built to the highest possible standards. The Wight Shipyard Company has a wealth of knowledge spanning commercial, defence and superyacht projects. There are very few shipyards that have achieved success across all three of these sectors, and it is Wight Shipyard Company’s comprehensive experience in all of them that sets it apart. The rare ability of combining the best elements of each sector results in the creation of the ultimate Explorer Vessels in partnership with Arksen.


The Arksen Explorer Series benefits from combining the best aspects of luxury yachting and commercial shipbuilding. The stylish exterior and luxurious interior are combined with a faster build time, lower operating costs, greater reliability plus engineering and construction which has already been proven in the commercial sector


The Arksen 85 is designed, built and equipped to the requirements of the UK MCA Workboat Code, ‘unrestricted’ Category 0, the most demanding commercial certification under the UK flag.
This verifies that the structure, stability, systems, equipment and safety apparatus of Arksen vessels are, as a minimum, approved to the same rigorous set of requirements as commercial vessels. This allows Arksen vessels to be commercially coded for use as charter and research vessels and ensures every Arksen vessel, commercial or private, meets the highest safety standards.
The survey regime from the MCA approved Certifying Authority comprises a shipyard quality audit, multiple in-build structural and systems surveys, as well as a series of sea trials and stability tests.
Arksen vessels are registered under a UK flag as standard. Registration to other Flag states can be accommodated.


The build quality of Arksen vessels is carefully planned and controlled at each stage of production. Initially the quality is driven by the design phase, where all materials, components and equipment are selected from reputable suppliers.
Aluminium work is carried-out by highly skilled, marine-certified welders. Installation of mechanical and electrical systems is undertaken by highly experienced technicians. Interior joinery is built and installed by specialised carpentry teams utilising high-quality marine standard timber, fixings and adhesives, to ensure exceptionally high quality of finish, robustness and longevity.
All areas of production are subject to a rigorous system of in-house production control, testing and sign-off, to ensure Arksen’s high standards are always met. Vessels are inspected by an independent surveyor throughout the build process to verify the internal QA processes.


Upon completion of pre-launch commissioning and inspection, the vessel will be launched at the Shipyard and begin an extensive schedule of testing and trials, structured to test and commission every onboard system, under load in real seagoing conditions.
Owner’s trials will be held to demonstrate the operation of the vessel and upon sign-off, a comprehensive handover procedure will take place, including crew familiarisation, handover of Owners manuals, documentation, drawings and diagrams.


Operational profile
The Arksen 85 is primarily designed as a long-range explorer vessel, capable of accessing remote areas and operating safely in extreme environments but is equally capable when cruising in more accessible waters. Every aspect of the vessel design and construction is undertaken to enable operation in a wide range of conditions including:

  • Summer operation in high latitudes with low sea and air temperatures
  • Tropical operation with high temperatures and humidity
  • Operation in adverse weather, high winds and rough seas
  • Extended periods in remote regions without external support
  • Full time, permanent, liveaboard usage
  • Stability
  • The vessel is designed to exceed the MCA criteria for intact and damaged stability required for unlimited worldwide operation. The actual stability characteristics of the vessel are far in excess of the minimum requirement, providing Owners with an exceptionally stable, comfortable and safe vessel, including 180 degrees of positive stability, in all expected operating load conditions.

Every vessel is subject to an inclining experiment to confirm the stability characteristics prior to handover and is supplied with an approved stability booklet.

Design documentation
The vessel is handed over to the Owner with a full set of electronic documentation, including operating manuals, maintenance manuals, equipment manuals, system schematic diagrams, structural drawings and all required certification. Vessel management software is supplied to assist with managing and recording ongoing vessel maintenance.


DesignerHumphreys Yacht Design
Hull TypeLow Displacement Length (LDL) Hyper Efficient
Engine Horse Power330
Max Speed Knots14
Cruising Speed9 knots


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