PUBLISHED 16 FEBRUARY 2017 14.30
The much-anticipated Arcadia Yachts A100 is brimming with green features and innovation, including new generation solar panels for even greater efficiency.
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Arcadia Yachts has released the details of the much-anticipated A100, brimming with green features and innovative details for which the brand has become renowned.
The first hull, known as MY Aria S, is built from GRP with aluminium balconies on the main deck. Like all ARCADIA yachts, this model sports a semi-planing hull with a LOA of 31.06 metres. Its 29.19-metre hull length and generous 7.75-metre beam are unusual for a yacht of these dimensions.
The A100 has a GT of slightly over 200 tonnes, guaranteeing a unique amount of onboard space in addition to volumes and solutions normally only found on much larger yachts. These include over 50 square metres of openable glazing along its sides to allow owner and guests to enjoy the sea breeze. This very direct relationship with nature and a green focus are the new A100’s salient characteristics, in fact.
The yard offers a choice of numerous different four and five-cabin interior layouts to ensure that the needs and requirements of each individual owner can be catered to as well as to guarantee the impeccable standard of comfort and privacy befitting a yacht of this size.
The main deck, which connects directly to the sky lounge and cockpit, is home to both the saloon and the dining area which are located in a single bright, airy communal space. Further forward, the standard version also has a family room of around 30 square metres. Full-height windows and solar panels lend this yacht an exclusive, ultra-modern allure. The double-glazed panels into which the photovoltaic cells are incorporated comprise the upper section of the superstructure and are a signature of all Arcadia models. Once again, they are one of the most prominent green features aboard the A100.
The entire living area converts to a huge sea-front patio thanks to sliding side doors and balconies. These extraordinary al fresco spaces afford spectacular views from both sides of the yacht.
The A100 also features an ambitious new sky lounge concept which is convertible to a third deck that can be entirely enclosed by side windows. The latter can be raised all the way up to the hard top, exactly as happens in a car.
This means the entire upper deck is exceptionally flexible and usable regardless of weather conditions. It can be air-conditioned in very warm climes or protected from the elements in bad weather. Equally, it can be left open like a conventional flying bridge. The third deck also features the helm station, a saloon furnished with sofas and occasional tables, a wet bar and, aft, a sunning terrace.
A100 sports a fibreglass NPL semi-planing hull which takes its name from the fact that tests were carried out to determine its optimal form and most hydrodynamically efficient length-beam ratio at the Physical Laboratory of England. Further research was carried out by the ARCADIA technical department before adopting the NPL hulls for its yachts, resulting in excellent sea-keeping and noise damping for unparalleled onboard comfort.
Coupled with Arcadia’s lightweight superstructure, it delivers efficient performance with a modest engine set-up, significantly cutting fuel consumption and running costs compared to yachts of similar dimensions. Currently, sporting twin 1,000 hp Man V8s, the A100 makes an impressive speed of around 18 knots at full throttle and cruises at 16 which is perfect for long-range cruising.
At 14 knots, overall consumption drops to just 150 litres/h, falling still further to a mere 50 litres/h at 10 knots, which is far lower than other yachts of the similar dimensions.
The A100 has a long range also thanks to reduced generator use as electricity is provided by the solar panels that cover almost the entire superstructure.
New generation photovoltaic cells are integrated into the exterior and interior surfaces of the doubleglazed panels fitted to most of the superstructure.
The new generation system uses monocrystalline cells with eight rather than four sides each which improves their efficiency. Previously, each panel delivered 3.5 kilowatt of power but that figure has now been upped to just under 5 kilowatts: a 40% increase in less than seven years. “The power generated at 24V goes directly to the battery pack and then via an inverter is converted to 220V and then sent to throughout the entire boat,” declared Ugo Pellegrino, Sole Director, Arcadia Yachts.
This advanced, green system comprises 50-square metres of solar panels and provides enough power to drive most equipment and electrical appliances, such as fridges, water pump, WCs, lights, AV, electronics, whilst the batteries recharge.
All of the energy requirements aboard when the yacht is riding at anchor are met with the exception of air conditioning and the induction hob in the galley. The result is a considerable saving on fuel, less pollution and improved onboard comfort because of the significant drop in noise and vibration levels as well as a complete absence of emissions.
Every double-glazed panel is filled with a special gas that guarantees a high thermal insulation coefficient, resulting in a difference of up to 18° between the temperature measured on the inner and outer surfaces of the panels: the equivalent of a 20cm brick wall.
Based in Naples, Italy, Arcadia builds a range of fibreglass models spanning 58 to 115 feet, with new designs in that will boost it to 145 feet and beyond.www.arcadiayachts.it