01 February 2024
Adventure boating specialist Arksen has diversified into the premium open RIB market with its new Discovery series.
In operation for over five and a half decades, the UK boatbuilder has diversified into the premium open RIB market with its new Discovery series.
The firm says it has developed new, cutting-edge tooling and design techniques to create two stand-out configurations for its new model.
Arksen’s new Arksen 8 RIB is the first of the five-strong Discovery series and will make its world debut this spring.
The Arksen 8 is the first of five Discovery series RIBs set to hit the water in early 2024, which will be accompanied by additional models later this year.
With a 2.9-metre beam, the Arksen 8 offers a broad, stable platform and internal deck. Arksen says this new vessel is also available as a semi-custom explorer variant on the same deep-V hulls that will be sold as one-offs for special projects or as superyacht tenders with its Arksen 8 Explorer.
Both Arksen 8 models share the same hydrodynamic hull design, which features a 24-degree deadrise deep V hull form with detailed spray rails and optimised forefoot that can handle large ocean swells and coastal choppy waters.
The Arksen 8 is rated for up to 500HP with options for either single or twin outboard engine installation, with a built-in 495-litre fuel tank.
This new craft has an asymmetric deck design with a large offset console designed to protect from the elements. There is an option for a black GRP hardtop with a retractable canvas roof and roof rack for toys.
The Arksen 8s are currently under construction, with the first hosting a single 350HP motor, producing a top speed of 45 to 50 knots alongside a 350 nautical mile range at a 28-knot cruise.
“Our aim is to inspire and empower a new generation of adventurers to explore the world’s most remote and captivating locations by designing a range of boats that gives the confidence to do so,” says Nick Bailey, Arksen Discovery series sales manager.
“We set out to combine performance, advanced technology and features typically found in larger boats to create an exceptional collection of vessels.”
The Arksen 8 with a 300HP outboard and high sail away standard specification will start at £166,650 ex VAT (A$321,500). Arksen says additional designs will be revealed later this year.
“We are thrilled with the progress of the Discovery series,” says Andrew Whittaker, head of design and development at Arksen.
“Designed by a team with over 75 years of combined experience, the boats are a testament to our dedication to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in marine exploration. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or a novice coastal explorer, our designs elevate your experiences on the water.”