Power to Cruise

As eye-catching as it is ecologically advanced, the Arcadia A100 has as much fun in the sun as its occupants.

Arcadia Yachts have a distinctive look about them. The look begins with a conventional enough semi-planing fiberglass hull — though that comes in “its optimal form and most hydrodynamically efficient length-beam ratio,” as tested at the Physical Laboratory of England — but then quickly sets itself apart with the superstructure, which is somewhat rounded and full of angles at the same time. And on the builder’s new A100, the superstructure is encased in tinted window glass that has a secret: most of the windows are actually photovoltaic cells — 50 square meters of them — that create enough power for the yacht’s at-anchor energy requirements, with the exception of air conditioning and the induction cooker in the galley.

While the salon and dining room on the main deck are eye-catching features and utilize opening side windows to create an entirely open but covered space, hull #1 has a show-stealer. The master stateroom is on the main deck, all the way forward, inside a greenhouse-looking structure of windows and a glazed-glass ceiling. With 180-degree views during the day and at night, sleeping under the stars becomes a climate-controlled treat. On the standard plan, this space is a family room, but the first buyer chose to make it an owner’s retreat. We can see why.

Five cabins occupy the belowdecks space — a full-beam VIP, two twin-berths, a queen and a bunk room — making hull #1 a six-cabin vessel (plus crew quarters). En suite heads come with each cabin.

The top deck is a skylounge with a helm, and it can convert to an open flybridge, because the side windows can be raised to the hardtop and open things to the outside. Perfect days can be enjoyed and inclement days can be spent in protected comfort.

Twin MAN V-8s power the first hull. With a combined 2,000 hp, the diesels push the A100 to 18 knots and cruise at 16. At 10 knots, the engines burn just 13.2 gph, giving the yacht a 2,880-mile range (with a 10 percent reserve) on its 4,225 gallon capacity. Arcadia Yachts, arcadiayachts.it

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