Building and offering yachts that are understated, look and feel unlike anything else on the market, yet perform in any condition was a lifelong ambition for the creator of Archipelago Expedition Yachts.
MORE ADVENTURE, MORE SPACE, MORE EXCITING DESIGN, MORE SUSTAINABILITY, AND MORE ACCESSIBILITY
Dr Stephen Weatherley is the son of a British engineer, and has spent his life around sailing boats, fishing vessels and pleasure craft. He inspired the birth of a company steeped in British engineering excellence, focusing meticulously on every single detail of the yacht's performance and design, interior outfit and overall look. Stephen wanted more from boating: more adventure, more space, more exciting design, more sustainability, and more accessibility for those who are less able to access the traditional yachting market. He wanted to share all this with other adventurers, and so Archipelago was born.
Ultimately, Stephen wanted to cross oceans with ease and economy; however the idea of a traditional heavy displacement cruiser didn’t allow the freedom or speed, to take a day trip to the Isle of Wight, or enjoy a few days fishing with his children. So we developed the Archipelago 47. She has traditional sea-keeping at the very heart, alongside a modern design, and a need for efficiency and a minimal environmental impact.
Right from the start, Archipelago teamed up with Chartwell Marine: a dynamic, extremely experienced and passionate naval architecture team, based on the south coast of England near Southampton. The collaboration has ensured a build unlikely any motor-catamaran you have come across. Build expertise is central in the manufacturing process too, with arguably one of the most experienced fabricators in the UK, on the Isle of Wight, taking ownership of the entire process.
Sustainability and accessibility for all are at the heart of our philosophy, and more can be read here about how this was a key process in the design and manufacturing of our boats.