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Arcadia 85 US Edition

Arcadia 85 US Edition

Caprio’s First impression:
What is this thing I see before me—yet another Italian interpretation of a long-range cruising yacht? Indeed it is and what a fascinating approach to providing interior volume and liveability in an environmentally conscious package.

Recognizing the importance of the U.S. market, Arcadia Yachts has introduced its US Edition of the 85 (Hull No. 8 of the Arcadia 85) in Miami.

In an official statement, the builder said, “The layout and the functional living concepts of the Arcadia 85 US Edition are the result of a construction evolution. The linear design of the superstructure and the vertical line of the bow allow a better use of every single available internal/external space.”

This is the first time, at least in my memory, I can remember an Italian builder admitting that a boat’s design is a slave to her living spaces—an evolution indeed.

Simple and understated, the design of the Arcadia 85 shows a harmonious blend between the indoor and outdoor areas. Her deckhouse is made almost entirely out of double-layer reflecting glass, giving the interior a bright and airy feel. Sliding overhead and lateral blinds provide privacy and shade. 

Arcadia 85 US Edition

The yacht has four cabins on the lower deck, including the owner’s en suite cabin amidships. Forward, the large VIP cabin has a double berth on the centerline and dressing area. Between the master and VIP staterooms, you’ll find mirror-image en suite twin cabins. 

As a social center, the Arcadia 85’s saloon is extraodinarily bright and provides space for up to eight guests to lounge or mingle in comfort. Modern furniture by Poltrona Frau, Cassina, and Schiffini would make any devotee of the Bauhaus movement smile, and loose pieces of furniture encourage creative modular arrangements. 

Tests done at the National Physical Laboratory of England helped the design team determine the best shape for this semi-planing hull and the best ratio of length to beam for hydrodynamic efficiency. So while yes, a large part of this boat’s design is hinged upon her living spaces, it’s nice to know Arcadia spent time making sure she performs as comfortably as she accommodates.

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  • Builder: Arcadia Yachts
  • Model: Arcadia 85 US Edition
  • Year: 2015
  • LOA: 85'0"
  • Draft: 5'4"
  • Beam: 23'4"
  • Displacement: 136,687 lb.
  • Fuel Capacity: 1,585 gal.
  • Water Capacity: 450 gal.
  • Standard Power: 2/730-hp R6 MAN diesels
  • Optional Power: None
  • Cruise Speed: 16.5 knots
  • Top Speed: 18.5 knots

This article originally appeared in the February 2015 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.