[dropcap]A[/dropcap]rcadia Yachts widens its 2015 range with the new Arcadia 100′, with Hull #1 currently under construction. With a length overall of 31.06 meters but 29.29 meters waterline and 7.75 meters beam, unusual for yachts of similar size, Arcadia 100 offers a remarkable GT (internal volume), positively influencing the living space on board. Like her larger sister Arcadia 115’, this new entry as well features a third deck and is built according to Arcadia’s “family feeling” style that makes all Arcadia models immediately identifiable.
THE GREAT INNOVATION
Arcadia 100 features a new concept flying-bridge, convertible into a sheltered third-deck, completely closed and protected by the side windows that can be raised up electrically to meet the hard-top, exactly as it happens for the cars. Therefore the whole upper-deck area becomes much more flexible and usable with any weather condition, being air-conditioned in very hot climes or bad weather, or left open and aired if needed, as per any traditional flying-bridge. On the third deck are fitted the wheelhouse, a lounge with sofas and coffee tables, wet-bar and, externally in the aft, a sun-deck.
NPL HULL AND PERFORMANCE
Arcadia 100′ has a semi-displacement hull, NPL type. This kind of hull is named after the National Physical Laboratory of England where tests were conducted to determine its shape for the best ratio of length to beam in terms of hydrodynamic efficiency. Studies were implemented by Arcadia’s technical department prior to adopting the NPL as Arcadia’s hull, resulting in excellent sea keeping qualities and noise reduction, for exceptional comfort. This advanced hull, together with the light Arcadia superstructure, allows very satisfactory performance with low-power engines. It significantly reduces fuel consumption and related running costs compared to other yachts of similar dimensions. Actually the new Arcadia 100′ with two engines by 1,000 hp each reaches a maximum speed of about 18 knots, and offers cruising speed perfect for long distance day trips. Actually, at 16 knots, the fuel consumption is apx. 230 lt/h and at 14 knots this decreases to about 150 lt/h. At economical cruising speed, suitable for night navigation and long range cruises (8/10 knots), the consumption drops down to less than 50 lt/h. The Arcadia 100 cruising range is also favoured by low generator usage thanks to the electrical energy supplied by the solar panels that cover almost all of the superstructure.
ADDITIONAL ENERGY FROM SOLAR PANELS
Solar cells of latest generation are integrated between external and internal surface of double-glazing panels fitted on top of the largest part of the superstructure. This advanced and ecological system supplies enough power to run many equipment and electrical systems, like refrigerators, water circulation, toilettes, lights, A/V, electronics, while recharging batteries. Lets say, the power needed on board while at anchor, excluding the air conditioning, is supplied “free of charge” all day long by the solar panels system and convertor rather than the generators. It results in a significant saving of diesel oil, less pollution and more comfort on board thanks to the substantial reduction of noise, vibration, no gas emission while enjoying your time close to the swim platform.
Each double-glazing panel contains a special gas named Krypton, which guarantees a high thermo-isolating coefficient, up to 18° of thermal cooling between interior and exterior temperatures, the equivalent of a 20 cm brick wall.
The comfort aboard the Arcadia 100′ is the product of the high level of attention the yard has dedicated during construction to lowering of noise and vibrations, by the use of solutions optimizing the diffusion of these natural phenomenon and reducing their perception by guests to a minimum.
Also the lack of steps, in order to obtaining flash decks on each level as a habit in all Arcadia Yachts, facilitate the circulation on board and allows a sense of comfort and continuity that is unusual in yachts of this size.
LAY-OUT AND INTERIORS
The yard proposes many internal layout variations, either four or five cabins, to meet the requirements of the majority of owners and ensure the proper comfort and privacy expected on yachts of this size.
However the yard is available to develop custom interiors and different finishing solutions in order to satisfy the buyer’s expectations on every Arcadia model.
The Arcadia 100′ standard version has the full beam owner’s suite amidships on the lower deck, with the bed offset to starboard facing forward. Behind the bed are the washroom with bathtub, sanitaries and twin sinks, and the dressing room with adjacent vanity area. To port we find an area to relax in, with armchairs and sidetables.
All the features are integrated in a spacious environment, illuminated by large openings in the hull.
Forward we have two twin cabins with their own washrooms, and then the V.I.P. Cabin. The latter has a queen size bed, a large private washroom with a separate area for the sanitaries, a vanity zone, and abundant illumination.
Other optional versions for this Arcadia 100 offer the owner’s suite afore on the main deck, opening directly on the private sun-deck, convertible in dinette, on then bow. In this case, if needed, the suite on the lower deck can be divided into two identical guest cabins by means of a folding wall, to increase the number of rooms. In both versions the crew area is spacious and finished with care; the yard has always kept crew comfort in high regard.
On the main deck, the grand living area directly connected to the cockpit, features both salon and dining zones, creating a single, bright and airy space, characterized by the transparency of the vertical side crystals and the solar panels on the ceiling. The whole living area on the main deck can be transformed into a “patio” on the sea thanks to sides sliding doors and gunwale balconies, creating an amazing “al fresco” zone with an unique sea view. The yard is proud of this distinctive solution, found only on the A 100′.