ARCADIA
ARIA S
Sep 2016

talian builder Arcadia launched three new yachts at Cannes: Aria S, the first Arcadia
100; the Arcadia 85S; and the 58-foot Sherpa. Common across all three boats are a
semi-displacement hull, extremely smart use of space, and solar panels that enhance
fuel efficiency – features that stay true to the philosophy of Arcadia’s founders, who
started the yard in 2008 to counter the flashy, boxy, gas-guzzling motoryachts that
were the norm at the time.
Eight years and seven different models later, Arcadia’s best practices have been
adopted by much larger shipyards. But judging from its Cannes debut, Aria S will set
standards in the 100-foot superyacht category. Instead of installing a few solar
panels to market itself as a ‘green’ boat, Aria S’s 540 square feet of solar panels
provide 5 kW of electricity to power house systems while also recharging the boat’s
lithium batteries. All the eco-features are state of the art. The glass in the salon’s
floor-to-ceiling windows incorporates a special ‘Krypton’ gas between the inner and
outer panels that provides 18-percent-greater cooling efficiency – the equivalent of a
five-inch-thick brick wall – than normal tinted windows. The yacht itself can run at 15
knots using 40 gph, or at 10 knots using just 13 gph.
Aria S has many smart, high-tech features that make it a highly liveable boat. The
salon and dining areas comprise most of the main deck, and open directly to the
outdoors not only through the rear cockpit, but with opening window panels along
both sides. The owner’s suite at the front of the yacht also opens to its own private,
forward terrace.
The hull appearing at Cannes was the five-stateroom version, with four guest
staterooms, including a 380-square foot VIP suite, located on the lower deck. The
VIP suite is connected to two full bathrooms and can be divided by sliding walls into
two independent suites. One of the 100’s most innovative features is the flybridge,
which has banks of windows that slide up and down electrically to leave the area
totally open to the trade winds or closed for air-conditioned comfort. Aria S’s owner,
a race car driver for Ferrari, had previously owned the Arcadia 85. He chose tones of
grey with splashes of red to colour his new yacht.

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