SuperYacht of the week: the 60m Lürssen Arkley

Arkley, a brand new 60m Lürssen, is designed by Monaco based superyacht designer Espen Oeino, who has successfully created a very voluminous yacht which not only accommodates all of the owner’s requirements but still maintains sleek and strikingly elegant lines.

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Arkley is built in full accordance with the rules of Lloyds Register and the MCA code of practice. Yacht management company Imperial Yachts supervised construction and interior selection and fit out on the Owner's behalf.

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The interiors are designed by Mark Berryman in a fresh and very well thought-out contemporary style which is carried throughout the whole yacht and gives it it’s youthful feel.

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Guests generally enter Arkley from the starboard side main entrance. The main deck foyer there welcomes the guests in a very luxurious and contemporary ambience. The different materials and details which have been used on the yacht are noticed immediately and can be easily recognized throughout the yacht. The centrepiece with the artwork is surrounded by oak panels, there is marble on the floor. As a feature, part of the oak is in a wave pattern. The walls lining the side of the main staircase are out of leather panels and the handrail, covered in woven leather, makes for an inviting detail.

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The hallway separates the owners’ area forward from the main salon aft. Going forward is not just a straight corridor, there are several shelves for books on starboard and a crew access door and day head on the portside. The corridor leads into the owners’ private accommodation, where you first enter the owners’ study. The study’s walls are out of bamboo and leather panels and it has Zebrano doors. The floor of this passageway is out of bamboo and makes for a very sensuous walk.

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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 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.

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There, extensive use of marble provides a luxurious feeling in this very special area. A heated floor ensures that you will not leave this beautiful oasis. The bathroom offers a bathtub and a very generous shower and steam bath and an equally generous space for the head and bidet. The two wash basins have been specially designed for Arkley as the owner requested something special and new. The front of the basin is out of glass and the water-faucet cannot really be seen as it is integrated in a shelf. In addition a television screen is integrated in the mirror allowing for viewing from the bath as well.

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The main materials which have been used in the owner's suite are bamboo and leather for the walls and Zebrano for the doors. The specially designed and manufactured “Arkley waves” decorate 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.

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Going aft from the lobby into the main salon you first have the main dining with a large table made out of ‘Bog Oak’ with a centrepiece out of silver leaf. The shape of the centrepiece is the same as in the carpet and in the ceiling where gold leaf is used. The walls in the dining room are out of oak with a wave pattern as found on the entrance centrepiece.

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The professionally equipped galley is placed on the same deck on the port side adjacent to the dining area and offers a large service pantry which is a prerequisite for five star service.

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Further aft the main salon is flush with natural light due to the large windows. An extravagant centrepiece which includes a large television screen separates the salon from the dining area. The main focus of attention is obviously the self-playing piano made by Bösendorfer with an extravagant Porsche Design which even has an I-Pod plug-in!

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This area functions also as a cinema with a large projector and screen hidden in the ceiling. Additional cushions provide casual seating on the floor and the space can be completely blacked out for proper cinema experience.

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The upper deck offers a fifth guest cabin – the VIP cabin - with spectacular large windows. Entering this suite your attention turns to the beautiful bench which is made out of an very old oak log. A masterpiece which needs to be touched and felt. 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 is big and shower and toilet are both separated with glass doors.

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The upper deck salon is laid out very generously and is one open space even though it offers the guests different areas for entertaining: a beautiful designed bar, an extravagant seating area with incredible teak art pieces which invite your touch, two gambling tables and a television area midst of all. The television area is quite unusual as it features two television screens on opposite sides of the wall with comfortable couches below. The advantage of this setting is that no television console is disturbing this open area and that two parties are able to watch different programmes simultaneously.

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Here as well the materials which have been used follow the design concept. Oak is the main wood and the “Arkley waves” can be found in the ceiling and the same circle pattern of the carpet follows the circle line in the ceiling.

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The aft deck outside offers two comfortable seating areas as well as a round dining area with a lazy Susan.

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Forward on the upper deck one finds the generous fully integrated bridge equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Large vertical windows arranged in a semi-circle form the shape of the wheelhouse and allow for optimal visibility. A large elevated sofa offers a good viewing position for guests. The bridge offers much space to get all the necessary materials such as maps, manuals and books in order.

The roomy captain’s cabin is adjacent to the bridge as is the ship’s office which includes also the AV room.

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The top deck provides forward for a wind-protected area with a Jacuzzi and a sunbathing area. A nice design element is the glass wind breaker which has no frame and which allows for an undisturbed view.

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The very large inside area of the top deck functions on one hand as an observation lounge with a bar and a nice sofa area with television and on the other hand as a gym. The aft sliding doors recede smoothly fully into the structure and lead you to the large aft sundeck.

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The sundeck aft has multiple uses. A nice dining table with an integrated air-conditioning in the ceiling offers an airy place for enjoying breakfast, lunch or dinner. A large sun bed invites not only for sunbathing but also for spending a night under the stars. A rescue boat is hidden under this sun bed and when the mattresses are removed it also functions as a stage. A Karaoke system can be plugged into the ceiling to provide for entertainment. Also stored here is a small sailboat for guest use.

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Four equally sized spacious guest cabins are located on the lower deck. Much space has been given to these cabins to create comfortable areas for relaxation. The guest can choose between two double bed and two single bed cabins which can be converted into double beds. Here as well you find the “Arkley waves” in the ceiling. The walls are covered with fabrics and include leather panels with integrated television screens. Extra large portholes provide much natural light.

As is normal on a yacht of this size, the crew has a separate staircase. Forward on the lower deck, there is accommodation for 14 crew members. The very large 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.

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Powered by two Caterpillar engines of 1,455 kW each, she reaches a top speed of 15,5 knots and has a range of 7.000 nm. Advanced sound and vibration features guarantee an extremely quiet running yacht. She is fitted with zero speed stabilizers and lies comfortably on the water.

From the engine room, a watertight door gives access to the tender garage which has large lift-up doors on either side. One tender on each side as well as a large selection of sports equipment e.g. jet skis, sea bobs, bikes are stowed here. From the huge bathing platform you have direct access to the professional equipped diving room. A shower is integrated in the aft door for swimmers to shower off the salt water.

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Arkley is spending the winter in the Caribbean and is available for charter through Imperial Yachts.

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Photos by Klaus Jordan