Praxis Automation Technology, the Dutch marine technology firm, has joined forces with Arksen to develop hybrid propulsion and vessel management systems for its explorer yachts.
The companies are working on the systems engineering of the Arksen 85, with the first vessel due to enter production early this year, and will feature a full hybrid propulsion package supplied by Praxis. The predicted range of the vessel will 7,000 nautical miles on a single tank of fuel, and will be supported by solar charging to offer silent operation.
“When deciding upon the powering and propulsion for the Arksen range of vessels, it was vitally important that we found not only the most suitable equipment package, but the right partner to work with on the development of this most crucial of vessel systems,” says Jim Mair, Arksen’s technical director.
“Praxis Automation offered not only an excellent package for the key powering, energy storage, distribution and propulsion systems we were seeking, but also a well-proven vessel control and monitoring system, which along with Arksen Control will underpin a new wave of marine automation.”