Sleeping on the sea
There comes a point where the night must come to an end, and when it does, Arkley has to retire. From the main saloon, a hallway connects to the separate owner’s area forward. Passing several shelves of books, which may tempt the owner, the corridor leads past the day head into the owner’s study, whose walls are of bamboo and leather panels, with Zebrano doors.
The study leads onwards into the full-beam owners’ suite consisting of a luxurious sleeping and a lounging area, elegantly decorated with a variety of unusual and softly textured fabrics in neutral tones. As with all the guest suites, the windows are dressed with low noise, state-of-the-art electronic blinds which add to the relaxing comfortable ambiance of the private areas of the boat. In front of the bed, there is a large television screen and on both sides of the screen entrances to his and her dressing rooms providing ample storage for personal possessions. On the starboard side of the suite there is a discretely positioned mini bar. Accessed through the dressing rooms is a large, centrally-located bathroom.
There, extensive use of marble elevates nighttime and morning rituals into something more heavenly. In addition to the large bathtub and shower, steam bath and other amenities, the floor itself can be heated for an added touch of tactile pleasure. The two wash basins have been designed at owner request, with the front of the basins done in glass with an invisible water faucet.
The main materials which have been used in the owner's suite are bamboo and leather for the walls and Zebrano for the doors, with patented “Arkley waves” decorating the ceiling and the square pattern in the carpet follows the same square pattern as in the ceiling. A rich carpet completes the splendid feel of this area.
The upper deck houses the VIP cabin, with large windows. Entering this suite, your attention turns to the beautiful bench which is made out of an very old oak log, a unique in Arkley. The design elements which have been used throughout the yacht are repeated here as well. The “Arkley waves” in the ceiling, a woven oak wall which leads into the bathroom and a Zebrano panel at the back of the bed. The marbled bathroom completes the luxury.
For the rest of the guests, there are four, equally-sized spacious guest cabins located on the lower deck. A lot of space has been given to these cabins, to make them comfortable areas for relaxation in private, rather than just functioning as sleeping quarters.
On through the night
Once asleep, guests and owner can enjoy a sound sleep, knowing that the crew and yacht can have Arkley safely in a new bay for the next day. On the upper deck forward, there is a fully-integrated bridge, with large, vertical windows arranged in a semi-circle allow for optimal visibility. The roomy captain’s cabin is adjacent to the bridge, as is the ship’s office which includes also the AV room. As is normal on a yacht of this size, the crew has a separate staircase. Forward on the lower deck, there is accommodation for the 14-member crew. A huge crew mess is on the bottom deck with an equally large and fully-equipped laundry, as well as extensive storage, including walk-in freezers, cool room and dry storage.
Powered by twin Caterpillar engines, she reaches a top speed of 15.5 knots and has a range of 7000 nautical miles. Advanced sound and vibration features guarantee an extremely quiet running yacht. From the engine room, crew can access the tender garage, which has large lift-up doors on either side for two tenders. Every type of toy can be stowed here and prepped for the next day’s activity. From the huge bathing platform, guests can access the fully-equipped diving room, in case you happen to be cruising in one of the world’s diving hot spots. It waits for Arkley’s guests as the wake to a new day.
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Technical Specifications – Lurssen’s Arkley
Beam: 11.5 m
Builder: Lürssen Yachts
Exterior Designer: Espen Oeino
Interior Designer: Mark Berryman
Displacement: 1071 t
Speed: 15.5 kts maximum
Range at 12 kts: 7,000nm
Main engines: 2 x Caterpillar 3512B (1,979hp)
Gen sets: 3 x C18 (409hp)
Propellers: Piening – Five-bladed, fixed pitch
Fuel capacity: 160,000l
Fresh water capacity: 30,000l
Fresh water makers: 2 x HEM 30/400 duplex
Stabilisers: Quantum QC 1800 2 fins zero speed
Class: Lloyd’s +100A1, SSC Yacht Mono, LMC G6, UMS, full MCA compliance
Berths: Owner, plus six cabins for 12 people total
Tenders: 2 x Vical tenders, 300-hp inboard Volvo Penta diesels with Hamilton waterjets