It has been 10 years since Arcadia Yachts presented its first project at the 2010 edition of Boot Düsseldorf. Now, returning to the scene, the Italian shipyard is looking back, and commemorating the highlights that has seen the shipyard evolve into the superyacht market and come to deliver 30 yachts, nine of which are over 30m.
“In 2010 Arcadia entered the German market with a product that was never seen before, definitely innovative and decidedly different,” says sole director, Ugo Pellegrino. “So, that morning in 2010, the show opened its doors at 10am and, at 10:10, the first model was instantly appreciated and purchased by a great savant of the sea world, who decided to live on water, immersed in the world of Arcadia.”
Arcadia has been associated with a series of ecological efforts, most prominently through the inclusion of the shipyard’s trademark solar panels, which have been on a number of the shipyard’s projects to date. The primary driver for the shipyard is, of course, to develop a more ecological approach to yachting through technology.
According to the shipyard, it continues to “invest in research and development so that it can be a leader in the creation of yacht in which sustainability, design, conviviality, safety and ease of use are balanced to perfection.” The shipyard has set out to reduce energy wherever possible, through a combination of the large thermally-insulated windows, efficient semi-planing hull, and of course, the solar panels.
Speaking to The Superyacht Report, Pellegrino explained, “green technologies is more of a general trend and one that is not unique to yachting.” However, a large part of it is promoting a greener lifestyle, rather than solar technology as a standalone feature. “Our idea is, first of all, to make our yachts eco-intelligent in the sense that the best way to be green is promote ‘green’ behaviours on board the yachts. Before investing time, energy [and] money in from brand new research, we believe that it’s much more effective to improve what is already in use in our industry and leverage what is already available in other industries and adapt it to our goals.”
As the technology has developed, Arcadia has reported an increase of 38 per cent in the efficiency of the solar panels integrated on board, over the last 10 years.
Last year, Arcadia announced the acquisition of 21 per cent of Marina di Torre Annunziata srl and, at the same time, an additional area for production and for hauling out and launching vessels, near the shipyard itself. This increased the shipyard’s site up to 47,000sqm, in order to significantly increase Arcadia’s production capacity, as well as the after-sales service.
Arcadia now has two superyacht projects under construction, both of which are scheduled for delivery in 2020.
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