Arcadia Yachts, the Italian shipyard, has delivered the second of its A105 superyachts to her owner, just over a year after the model had originally been presented. The A105 is now due to cruise the western Mediterranean before debuting at the Cannes Yachting Festival before also being displayed at Monaco Yacht Show in September. The A105 is a 31.4m semi-planing vessel, her hull and main deck is made of fibreglass and her verandas are constructed out of aluminium.
“There are a number of features that make this vessel unique in her size category,” starts Francesco Ansalone, marketing & communication manager at Arcadia. “Firstly, she provides a lot of external space. When you step on board you find a large flush aft deck that guides you seamlessly inside. She is also designed with two very large side openings and glass doors, making the internal and external areas feel like they are one and the same.”
Ansalone explains that the A105 is designed to limit the extent to which owners and guests are reliant on air-conditioning in order to ensure that the connection with nature is as seamless as possible. Using insulating doubled-glazed window panes that contain krypton, the noble gas, Arcadia is able to decrease the internal temperature of the yacht by around 18 degrees Celsius without using air-conditioning – the equivalent of a 20cm-thick brick wall.
“With the solar panels being fitted within the glass on the top of the yacht, the vessel really feels like an island on the sea,” continues Ansalone. “The solar panels generate over 4kW of energy, which provides the possibility to operate a lot of the on-board systems without having to turn the generators on while at anchor. You can be anchored in a bay and connected to the nature, to the waves and the birds without the noise and pollution created by the generators. Personally, I think that the more owners who experience this kind of yachting, the more they will ask for it because they won’t be able to go back.”
According to Ansalone, Arcadia will continue to integrate new technologies that improve the footprint, efficiency and experience of superyachts. However, at the smaller end of the superyachting spectrum (around 30m) it becomes increasingly difficult to implement hybrid propulsion technology without sacrificing so much space that the project becomes untenable for a number of superyacht owners.
“Within the mid-size yachts category, between 25-35m, there has not been as much progression as I would hope,” says Ansalone. “But, our DNA is in this field and we are one of the most important players within this size sector. We will continue implementing existing technologies and pushing these developments on every yacht that we build. Why would you go on a yacht and stay inside with air-conditioning? It’s just like being in your office in London or Milan. Our aim is to the contrary, using large open windows, panoramic views, thermal insulation and solar panels, we want to preserve nature and enjoy it. That’s our philosophy.”
Hull number 3 of the A105 model is due for delivery in 2019.
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