Her motto ? Let the cruise be !
YACHT CLASS N°8 (March-april-may 2017)
When it comes to the expansion of a range, the Neapolitan shipyard was once again ambitious. After the surprising Sherpa 55’, here comes the 100'. A true ode to cruising. Never a unit had been so "open" onto the sea. On the honour's list: the master and its breathtaking view.
Texte : Alain Brousse - Photos : Jérôme Kélagopian
A new 100-foot appropriately fitting between the 115’ and the 85’: a logical extension of the range or an order from a commissioner? A bit of both we could say and this, once again, under the lead of the architect and designer Francesco Guida, who devotes most of his time and talent to Arcadia, while remaining independent and available to other commissioners. One certainty is that he has managed to create an innovative and distinctive style. An Arcadia unit can't be mistaken, we recognize her from afar and this is definitely an asset for the clientele who wishes to stand out on the water. Regarding the interior layout, the Arcadia models also stands out.
A further demonstration was given by this 100' who covered her first miles between Naples and Cannes in September 2016. As for the semi-displacement hull, its sole ambition is to display a marine behaviour at reasonable speeds. Thus, the engine room was fitted with a pair of MAN V8 1,000hp - the only existing motor configuration - with the objective to reach 18 knots at full throttle. We would have hoped a hybrid version, but, according to the shipyard, the additional cost is such that it would have required a long period to make it profitable. So, no electric mode, just traditional diesels. However, we will find that the study carried out by the in-house technical department in collaboration with the "National Physical Laboratory" of Teddington (UK), specialized in weights and measures, was fruitful. The sound level remains completely acceptable, including in the lower deck cabins.
Before delving into technical data, let's unveil one of the original features of this 100-foot: its flybridge entirely covered by a roof fitted with solar panels, whose front and side windows can be lowered or raised, depending on the weather. This is where we take the helm of the Arcadia, behind the large central carbon wheel. Made of the same material, the steering console is highly technical and quickly its screens provide us the following information: a top speed of 16.5 knots, slightly less than the 18 knots expected by the shipyard specifications. Explanation: she is fitted with wrong propellers, but given the time constraints, the shipyard had to rely on these while planning to change them as soon as possible. On a slightly rippled Mediterranean, the hull was convincing. Some perhaps will not embrace the steering wheel that requires more moves than a classical one. With a temperature above 20°C, we sailed with the upper deck windows down. The wheelhouse only occupies the tenth of the fly, which features on its centre a lounge convertible into a dining room. Settled on the sofa, the passengers will enjoy a panoramic view while those looking for UV will opt for the aft solarium for three. As an option, it can be replaced by a spa pool. This unit also has another exterior area: the cockpit whose large surface is dedicated to relaxation, thanks to its sofas and coffee tables. Remaining on the main deck, we discover the dining room for eight that can accommodate, on request, a bar surrounded by floor-to-ceiling lateral windows.
A few metres further, we reach the Nirvana: a saloon with operable bay windows. And best of all, they open on both sides onto a terrace… perfect to fully enjoy the outdoor show. Hats off to the designer Francesco Guida, who has not said his last word and leads us to the front of the main deck, to the master: a "must". It features a 180-degree window whose front panel electrically lifts up to give access the terrace (foredeck). One can dream of a night in this magical place. On daytime, the roof of this spacious cabin, fitted with solar panels (50 m2 providing 5 kW) lets some sunlight in, while its sensors creates almost artistic shadows. Note that since his chiaroscuro may not appeal to everyone, the shipyard has also planned horizontal and vertical venetian blinds that will give some privacy back to the master. This suite, that notably features a king-size headboard symbolising a slight chop on a pristine white sea, is close to an exercise in style, one we never get tired of. We agree, the owner of the Arcadia 100' is the ultimate privileged, but what about the guests accommodated in the lower deck? Their fate is also enviable! In our five cabins layout, the hull houses four staterooms, including two central VIP and their double beds perpendicular to the plating. It should be easy to replace them both by single cabin, nearly as large as the master and with a similar finishing. There are also two twins, each en-suite with independent shower and WC. The bow is devoted to the crew: two double cabins (2x 1 berths) and a single one, all endowed with a shower room and WC, plus the mess and its kitchen.
Such as the 85', but endowed with a larger volume, the Arcadia 100' proudly gets het ticket for offshore cruising. Note that since the flybridge particular layout may be surprising, the shipyard should soon unveil a more classical version with an open fly. In any case, her sleeping capacity and her cabins layout should make her welcome in the charter's fleet.
- Overall length : 31 m
- Max beam : 7,75 m
- Draft : 1,90 m
- Fuel : 16 000 l
- Water : 3 200 l
- Material : polyester et aluminium
- Engine : 2 x V8 MAN
- Power : 2 x 1 000 ch (2 x 740 kW)
- Max speed : 18 nds
- Cruising range : 735 milles à 13,7 nds
- Price : 7 950 000 euros H.T
- Naval architect : Arcadia et National Physical Laboratory
- Exterior designer : Francesco Guida
- Interior designer : Francesco Guida
- Builder : Arcadia (Naples – Italie)
- Importateur : Ocean Drive (Golfe-Juan)