Arcadia hails ‘crucial achievement’ as it confirms sale of 115 hull
by Philip Reynolds
Italian boatbuilder Arcadia Yachts has announced the sale of the fourth hull of the Arcadia 115 yacht. The Naples-based yard, which prides itself on its eco credentials, confirmed that the buyer of the 35 metre fibreglass-constructed yacht was from the Middle East.
Ugo Pellegrino, president of Arcadia, said that it was the fourth sale of a 115 hull in as many years. He described the sale as a “crucial business achievement” and a “solid step” for the niche yard.
He said: “It confirms our production and visionary strategies for this model.” He added that the 115 offered something unique and radical to the boating world.
Certainly the Arcadia 115’s lines, developed at the National Physical Laboratory in south-west London, are eye-catching. But it is what Arcadia terms its ‘Ecological Dream’ that informs its vessels, least not the 115.
Form and function go hand in hand, always with an eye on innovative environmentally focused solutions for yachting. For example the glass used on the boat is double-glazed and filled with encapsulated, inert gas, which Arcadia says gives it the insulating qualities of a 20cm brick wall.
The design allows for more comfortable interior spaces. Light is another salient characteristic. The depth of the saloon area and the sense of transparency coming from the floor-to-ceiling windows amidships of the main deck give a limitless view. Two balconies opening on each side of the dining room enhance the sensation of contact with the environment.
There are 60 sq m of 5kW photovoltaic panels on the superstructure’s roof glass, which not only give a futuristic look to the Arcadia 115 but also provide sufficient power on a bright day to run the refrigerators and freezers, plus lights, fans, and pumps, without the need for a generator.
But it is the hydrodynamic efficiency of its hulls that is key to the Arcadia concept - combining excellent performance with significant fuel savings and comfortable sea-keeping.
The Arcadia 115’s hull shape, adapted by Arcadia from the designs from the NPL, allows her to sail from 8 to above 17 knots with little changes in trim.
The standard lower deck layout is four-cabin - two doubles and two twins. On the upper deck, the Arcadia 115 offers a jolly cabin (back of the wheelhouse) that could be assigned to the captain or as extra accommodation. There is a full-beam owner’s suite on the main deck, and four cabins down forward in the crew’s quarters. The yacht’s complement is 10 to 12 guests and eight crew. The three-cabin lower deck layout features a full-beam VIP suite aft in place of the two doubles.
There is a tender garage that can accommodate a 14ft RIB and two water scooters.
For full displacement oriented owners, the Arcadia 115 cruises at 8 knots. At 12.5 knots, achieved with the 12-cylinder MANs ticking over at 1570 rpm, the 115 is capable of 1,200 nautical miles at a comparatively modest cost in fuel.