Co-ownership Programme

It comes from some of the experiences that we had when my children Stormy, Harper, and May were growing up. We wanted them to learn about the ocean, to feel the adventure of being at sea and the excitement of visiting new places.

We wanted to teach them how to swim and dive in the ocean and to understand what it’s like to really switch off and enjoy a good book in a quiet anchorage. To feel the wind in their hair, to see the weather systems roll through and see all of the potential of the world around them. So we owned boats, and we took them far and wide and I have to say that it was one of the best things that we did for our kids as they grew up and we look back on those experiences as the very best of times.

We wanted to open up more opportunities for our community and their families to embark on life-enhancing adventures and work with us to engage in important work to help protect the oceans. The co-ownership programme is a pioneering club via which members enjoy hassle free shared ownership of one of our unique vessels and full access to the experiences we offer.

Like everything we do at Arksen, I hope it encourages you to join us on this journey and that it is the beginning of a great adventure for you.

Jasper Smith,

Founder of Arksen

The co-ownership programme has been designed for families and offers a great alternative to a second home.

The co-ownership programme offers like-minded adventurers several major advantages:

  • Significantly lower costs
  • Financial flexibility
  • Fully managed, no-hassle fractional ownership, from 3 to 10 weeks a year
  • Fully equipped, crewed, maintained vessels with all key costs included
  • Multi-year adventure-themed cruising itinerary
  • Participation in science programmes run by Arksen Philanthropy
  • Use of all adventure equipment for your greatest adventures
  • A like-minded, family orientated community

Why Co-ownership?

Our approach to developing the co-ownership programme stems from over 25 years of boating. As owners, we soon realised that few of us have the time or money to commit to the full ownership of a large vessel and that even when we do the hassle of maintaining and operating them can wash off the glamour.

It’s an unfortunate truth that the vast majority of yachts sit in the same marina, little used, year after year, meaning that owners cruise the same waters and anchor in the same bays. Over time, the adventurous spirit that was the inspiration for buying a boat in the first place can get lost.

However, by creating a fully managed co-own programme around a vessel, we can significantly reduce the cost of ownership and ensure that the yachts are fully equipped, operated and maintained to the highest standards. Better still, the co-ownership programme offers global opportunities for adventure via four-year cruising itineraries while working with Yachts For Science to support crucial marine research.

Cruising grounds

You may love sailing in the Mediterranean, or cruising around Northern Europe. You may have dreamed of ski touring in the Norwegian Fjords, or sailing to Kamchatka, or across the Pacific Ocean. You may want to explore Newfoundland or Greenland or go diving in the Caribbean. The Arksen co-ownership programme provides the opportunity to do all of these things and more.

Our co-ownership programme are each based on a cruising area: Europe, the Americas, Asia or Global. Members of one syndicate can swap weeks in one cruising area for another.

We design the itineraries with all syndicate Members around a 4-year cruising programme that is designed to capture the spirit and soul of the region.


The co-ownership programme is all about… adventure. Allowing you and your family to set off on the journey of a lifetime in a vessel that you own. The logistics and support are provided by the Arksen Explorers Club. Each co-owner chooses its own itinerary and adventures and these might include the great explorer routes used by Cook, Nansen, Scott, Cousteau or Tilman, it may be following the ancient sailing routes around the Mediterranean. Or a plan entirely of your own making.

Whatever adventure you want to embark on, the equipment is onboard. Diving and snorkelling, climbing and hiking, sailing kayaks, paddleboards, sea bobs, Arksen Expedition Rib, kitesurfers, water skis, wakeboards and even underwater and airborne drones.

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Practicalities of ownership

Co-ownership programme operations

The economics of membership – investing in a co-ownership programme

The economics of membership – membership contributions

The economics of membership – the end of membership

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