New discoveries

Arksen promises plenty of adventure aboard its five-strong Discovery Series of open boats.

11 January 2024


Arksen has introduced the Arksen Discovery Series, an all-new range of 6-metre to 12-metre open boats that the British boatbuilder says are designed to push the boundaries of discovery.

The five-strong Discovery Series will sit alongside the yard’s Adventure Series and the long-established Explorer Series within Arksen Marine and the wider Arksen ecosystem.

The rigid inflatable boat has long been associated with adventure, ocean exploration and new discovery; made famous by early adopters such as Alain Bombard and Jacques Cousteau in the 1950s.

Arksen says it is a natural evolution for for the firm to build on this history through the design and build of class-leading explorer vessels, developing the RIB concept to take it to the next level.

The Arksen 8 will be the first of the series on the water in early 2024.


The Arksen Discovery Series is a fleet of five premium open adventure RIBs ranging from 6 to 12 metres in length. Arksen says the range offers an immersive experience with the natural environment by enabling a closer connection with the ocean whilst inspiring family adventure.

The fleet is designed and manufactured in Britain by a team of experts. Arksen says the Discovery Series vessels are built without compromise and offer unrivalled value in the premium leisure boat market.

“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, Arsken Discovery Series sales manager.

“We set out to combine performance, advanced technology and features typically found in larger boats to create the exceptional Discovery Series.”

The series is engineered and built with robustness and performance capability to handle harsh conditions, coupled with luxurious touches to provide comfort and relaxation on board.


Arsken 8

The Arksen 8 is the first of five Discovery Series RIBs and will be launched this year. The A8 is a true 8-metre offshore capable open adventure RIB with a 2.9-metre beam that offers a broad, stable platform and market-leading internal deck dimensions.

Arksen will offer the A8 in two configurations: The Arksen 8 Leisure, which is aimed at the active family lifestyle market with relaxed, sociable seating and enhanced standard specification; and the Arksen 8 Explorer Tender, which is aimed at the explorer yacht tender and specialist project markets. This model will be built to order in limited numbers to their specific expedition requirements.

Both Arksen 8 models share the same advanced hydrodynamic hull design that ensures a predictable but dynamic driving experience. The design features a 24-degree deadrise deep V hull form with detailed spray rails and optimised forefoot that is capable of handling even the most challenging ocean swells and coastal choppy waters.

The A8 has an asymmetric deck design with a large offset console that provides protection from the elements and houses a spacious head compartment with enough space to change in privacy. There is an option for a black GRP hardtop, complete with a manual retractable canvas roof and roof rack for more toys.

The Arksen 8 is a Grand Tourer RIB, rated for up to 500hp with options for either single or twin outboard engine installation, whilst the built-in 450-litre fuel tank provides sufficient capacity for extended cruising and adventurous voyages. “We are thrilled to introduce the Arksen 8,” says Andrew Whittaker, Arksen design and development.

“Designed by a team with over 70 years of combined experience, this boat is 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, the A8 is designed to elevate your experiences on the water.”


For the family

Arksen says families are at the heart of the Discovery Series experience, and its spacious layouts enable generations to come together and share the spirit of adventure.

“My own family has often stood as the inspiration behind Arksen throughout our products,” says Jasper Smith, Arksen founder.

“The desire to explore together, sharing in new experiences and opening their eyes and minds to the wonder and fragility of the world around us: what better way to open up this opportunity to more people than by introducing the exceptional new Discovery Series?”



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