250,000 raised

5.72% equity

500,000 target

British marine adventure brand with unique ownership model.

Arksen is transforming the marine industry through unique vessel design and ownership models, and a focus on sustainability, to support marine research and ocean recovery. It builds beautiful explorer vessels, able to navigate the most challenging environments, and provides owners access to unique marine experiences.... Read more

The global yacht market is growing – 24m+ yachts were sold in 2021 with a value of €3.37bn. Adventure yachts, a subset of this market, made up 29% of this – growing from 14% in 2016.

In 4 years, Arksen has successfully established itself as a purpose-driven, revenue generating British marine adventure brand. To date, they are contracted to build eight explorer yachts comprising revenue of over £12M, contracts for £25M and a weighted pipeline for a further £78M.

It operates an ‘experiential ownership’ model, combining vessel ownership (as an individual or a syndicate) with adventure, science and philanthropy:

-through the Arksen Explorers Club, owners can experience marine adventures run by some of the world’s best-known explorers.

-through Arksen Philanthropy, they can help to support cutting-edge scientific research encourage a greater understanding of our oceans.

This round of funding will help to fund further expansion and accelerate Arksen’s strong growth path.


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  • Innovative, sustainability focused marine adventure company
  • Designed and developed range of six unique vessels
  • Contracted to build eight explorer yachts comprising revenue of over £12M so far
  • Inspiring and diverse team including world-record breaking adventurers, successful entrepreneurs, and experienced engineers
  • Raising funds for expansion of sales team, marketing and further product development

The Team

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Founder Jasper Smith is a successful entrepreneur with a love of sailing and adventure.

COO, Ewan Hind, is a qualified chartered engineer, naval architect and yacht captain.

Dominic Byrne, Sales and Marketing Director, has worked in a variety of high-end marine businesses around the world.

Arksen Explorers Club is run by Olly Hicks, a British ocean rower and explorer. He holds three world records for adventure and is best known for his solo ocean rows and extreme kayak voyages.

The team is growing, with recent recruits in marketing, sales and project management.


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Arksen team

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