An “explorer” inflatable boat like desert off-road vehicles. Arksen 8

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Arksen 8 - Render from the stern
Arksen 8 – Render from the stern

Arksen 8 is the first dinghy in the Discovery Series (full range from 6 to 12 meters) from the shipyard of the same name. The Arksen brand has a special history, starting out as a boat manufacturer in 2017, presenting itself to the public for the first time at boot Düsseldorf 2019 and boasting a range of boats from 6 to 27 meters. It has one office in London, one in Southampton, and one in Victoria, Canada, and over the years has also become a brand that produces off-road vehicles (off-road vehicles, exploration campers) and outdoor clothing. The common denominator of all Arksen’s activities is one: the adventurous spirit. And it also shows in the new range of inflatables.

Arksen 8 – The ideal companion for your adventures

In Arksen’s design, an attempt is made to hold together the wilder side of life at sea and the more leisurely side , with boats that stand out for both attractive design and practical, useful features. The first rib in the Discovery range is 8 meters long and 2.9 meters wide, weighs about 2,500 kilograms and can accommodate up to 12 people. The hull has a deep V-shaped hull with 24° deadrise, and Orca 886 hypalon tubulars join at the bow outlining a double-tiered swim platform that conceals the electric windlass and anchor. The walking surface is coated with Esthec, an organic-based thermosetting synthetic material, while the structural parts are made of fiberglass.

Arksen 8 - Render
Arksen 8 – Render

Starting from the stern we find the swim ladder to the left of the engine area, where there is a choice of a single outboard or a pair, from 250 to 500 total horsepower. The aft cockpit houses a fold-down table and two front seats with three seats each; the one facing forward is fixed, while the one facing aft is a split bench (70/30) that can be folded down to gain space. The center element houses a wet bar with sink and an optional Kenyon barbecue, as is the optional black fiberglass hard top with electrically opening sunroof. The two seats for pilot and co-pilot are single and serve the comfortable and complete console with the wheelhouse and all the instrumentation with the two 12-inch multifunctional instruments. Also on board is a four-speaker system for in-vehicle entertainment.

Arksen 8 - Render from above
Arksen 8 – Render from above

The bow area is very well designed, with a second center table and another double seat. The one looking forward hides the bathroom-changing room that is also useful for stowage; the other takes advantage of the shape of the hull to carve out another comfortable seating space. The fuel tank has a capacity of 450 liters, while the water tank has a capacity of 60 liters.

Arksen 8 – Data Sheet

Length Over All (LOA) 8 m
Baglio Massimo – B.max 2,9 m
Weight – Weight 2,500 kg
Fuel tank – Fuel tank 450 l
Water tank – Water tank 60 l
People – Person capacity 12
Maximum Power – Max Power 2 x 250 hp
Recommended power – Suggested power 1 x 350 hp
Category – Design category B
Contact: www.arksen.com

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