By Peter Franklin
The Arcadia Yachts stand in Hall 6 of last week’s Dusseldorf Boat Show, had as its backdrop, a massive lifelike photo of its flagship Arcadia 85 motoryacht, the 24m (79ft) model that was launched as its entry into the superyacht market in 2009. Remarkably, during the ensuing six years, the yard has produced ten more 85s, with hull No 11 currently under construction, and is able to boast an order book of 15 units sold in China, for delivery over the next five years.
In 2010 Arcadia introduced its next model, the 115, a considerable step up in size to 34m (112ft) hull length, with a generous beam of 8.1m, and from which it has already constructed and delivered four units. The yard also offers a 110 model in the same series of GRP composite yachts, and this year sees the introduction of the Arcadia 100. This fits neatly in between its predecessors at 30.5m (100ft), with hull No 1 already under construction at Arcadia’s 36,000 m2 building facility located near to Naples in Southern Italy.
SB spoke with Maurizio Baldoni, Arcadia’s sales and marketing director, who explained that the company already sees existing clients developing a desire to move up in size. So taking that onboard and acknowledging the general trend towards ever larger yachts, the yard has models 145 and 180. Measuring up at 45 and 54 metres respectively, these will be constructed from steel and aluminium, with the 145 fully designed and ready for construction of the first hull.
Baldoni has been involved for over 40 years in the Italian yacht building sector having previously worked for Admiral Yachts. He is quick to point out that Arcadia’s relatively short time in existence belies the long term yacht building and marketing experience that the yard has within its team members, who have worked for some of the most prestigious Italian shipyards such as CRN and San Lorenzo.
Maurizio explained that this depth of practical knowledge and shared exposure to what clients really expect from their yachts, is what has led Arcadia to develop such a distinctive brand. He gave us some insights into what the key elements of that are based upon, pointing out that all the yachts it has sold so far have been to experienced owners. In other words, those who have had the opportunity to find out what they like, and what they don’t like with their previous yachts.
Functional design with maximum use of available space: Enabling a harmonious blend between the indoor and outdoor areas, by combining different exterior functions in one single deck level uninterrupted by steps. For instance, a large 50m2 aft deck area with a solid overhead shade provided is a feature of the Arcadia 85. And lots of ‘floor to ceiling’ windows give an open aspect feel to the interior spaces.
Hydrodynamic efficiency coupled with practical cruising speeds: With semi-displacement hulls, based on optimal length-to beam ratio, thus requiring limited engine power, and low fuel consumption, Arcadia has aimed for sensible mid range top speeds of around 18 knots. Baldoni says that this concept suits many of today’s owners who don’t see the point in guzzling gas in a yacht with a planing hull at 25 to 30 knots, in order get to their anchorage 30 minutes sooner. He says that 18 knots is enough to satisfy those who want to go a tad faster, and at 10 knots the fuel efficiency and handling with their hull design is exceptional.
Eco-Friendly onboard energy systems: Arcadia argues that fuel savings getting to the anchorage are nice to have, but its the energy that’s consumed when lying at anchor in that sunny bay that also needs to be reduced. In order to achieve this it has specially designed double glazed and sealed solar panels integrated within the superstucture. These unobtrusively present a very large exposure area to the sun and daylight, with the practical dual purpose of constantly recharging batteries and running services, thus significantly reducing the need to run generators.