Arcadia Yachts, builders of eco-friendly superyachts that have certainly struck a chord with owners, has unveiled three new models for 2015. The new yachts are a 100, a 145 (below) and a 180. Arcadia has sold ten of its 85 model since it was introduced in 2009, and four 115s since 2010.
The first 100 hull is already under construction, in gelcoat and reinforced glassfibre with vinylester resin for the three external layers, while the superstructure in aluminium. A rendering of the completed yacht is shown below. The 145, described as “ready for construction”, will be built in steel and aluminium, while more details of the 180 (bottom) will be released later in the year.
The yard describes its motivation as “enjoying the sea in a more responsible way, because the future of yachting is a little greener every day”. The key elements of this are reducing consumption and environmental impact. Owners of the 85 and 115 have responded to way those yachts make use of exterior and interior spaces on the main accommodation deck, as well as to the use of floor-to-ceiling windows and solar panels. There is also the option for hybrid propulsion.
For the two bigger new yachts, it’s not simply a case of supersizing the existing range. “From this year, all Arcadia yachts will mount the solar panels inside a special insulating glass designed and produced especially for Arcadia to rigid protocols, guaranteeing a 25% increase in electricity production. This was made possible in part by increased generating capacity by the cells themselves,” says the yard.