- ARCADIA YACHTS has sold the 12th example of its first model – two A85s have splashed each year since the model premiered
- The sale also confirms the Italian brand’s international appeal as the new owner is a British citizen
- The A85 delivers approx. 100 m2 of communal space on its aft-deck
- 40 m2 of this-generation photovoltaic cells guarantee an impressive 4.5 kW of zero-emissions power
Some yachts remain at the cutting-edge for many years after they first appear on the market. The ARCADIA A85 is one such fortunate craft. The very first model from an Italian yard hailed a radical break with tradition on its launch seven years ago and very quickly set a new benchmark for the sector. The design remains so contemporary, in fact, that several new builds making an appearance on the market were clearly inspired by the ARCADIA YACHTS 26-metre.
ARCADIA is now delighted to announce the sale of A85 Hull no. 12 to a British owner. This is a particularly significant achievement as it means that, seven years on from its unveiling, the A85 continues to sell at a rate of two a year worldwide. The Arcadia Yachts brand’s international appeal is one of its greatest strengths: almost all of its models have sold to owners from outside of Italy, demonstrating that the unique features the craft offer are acknowledged across the globe.
The yard’s solidity also means that owners only have a short wait for delivery of their yachts. A85 Hull no. 12 is a perfect example, as, with negotiations underway, we quickly put a new unit into production, cutting delivery time to just over four months from the order date.
WHAT MAKES THE A85 UNIQUE
Man, his relationship with nature and his ability to live in harmony with his surroundings have always been at the very heart of ARCADIA’s design philosophy. Even the most cursory glance at the A85 is confirmation of that approach. Its styling is simple and sober with a harmonious mix of interior and exterior areas. Even the enclosed spaces seem to melt away and disappear into the surrounding natural setting.
The linear design of the superstructure and the vertical line of the bow have allowed us to make optimal use of every single inch of available space both interior and exterior – a fact attested to by the generous 100 square metres or so of living area on the main deck which is significantly larger than other yachts of similar dimensions on the market.
The A85S’s main saloon is cosy and inviting with a large eight-seater table in its bow area so that diners can be served directly from the galley via a sliding hatch.
The bright winter garden leads into the spacious aft-deck lounge, where the cockpit includes a second table ideal for al fresco lunches and suppers. There is also a large sunning area from where owner and guests can truly luxuriate in the marine environment.
There are four cabins on the lower deck, the most notable of which is, of course, the master amidships. This impressive 32 square metre space includes an unparalleled bathroom with its own large wellness area. The spacious VIP cabin, complete with double bed and walk-in closet, lies forward. Last but not least are the two twin guest cabins. The quarters for the 4 crew are in the bow section.
One of the A85’s other great strengths is its extremely efficient fuel consumption which is 30-50% lower than semi-displacement yachts of comparable dimensions, resulting in similarly lower running costs. These results come thanks to the yacht’s NPL semi-planing hull which was developed by the National Physical Laboratory in England to deliver the most hydrodynamically efficient hull forms and length-beam ratio. The combination of this advanced hull and ARCADIA YACHTS’s exceptionally light superstructure has produced impressive performance figures even under limited engine power which in turn cuts costs.
The A85 sports twin 730 hp MAN diesel engines, guaranteeing it a maximum speed of 18 knots and a cruising one of 16. Needless to say, absolute comfort is guaranteed. The engine room is insulated with multilayer sound-absorbent materials and also features silenced exhausts to reduce guest-perceived noise levels. Consequently, a level of just 70 dB was recorded on the aft-deck of the A85 at 12 knots which is just slightly above the murmur of a crowded saloon. Staying with the subject of acoustic comfort, the internal bulkheads were also made using specific sound-absorbent okoumé marine ply panels over an extruded polystyrene closed-cell foam core to guarantee absolute privacy and quiet to guests.
The ARCADIA YACHTS’ philosophy focuses not just on fostering a closer relationship with the environment but also on actively safeguarding it. In fact, over 40 square metres of solar panels have been integrated into the A85’s superstructure, yielding around 4.5 kW of power. This is enough to run the main utilities aboard which, in turn, results in a considerable saving in diesel, reduced pollution levels and improved onboard comfort, thanks to a substantial reduction in noise and vibration levels as well as zero emissions.