All Natural: Arcadia's A85S

Arcadia’s A85S is an eco-friendly concept with a style all her own.

Arcadia A85S
Arcadia’s A85S comes standard with traditional diesel power plants, and a hybrid propulsion system is optional.Alberto Cocchi

Arcadia Yachts is a think- different company. One look at the Italian builder's A85S — with her unmistakably shiplike lines, beamy nature, solar-panel array and glass-encased main deck — drives the point home.

Because the A85S carries a 23-foot-4-inch beam for most of her length overall, her interior volume is substantial. The main deck has around 1,076 square feet of living space, encompassing the same footprint as a cozy starter home before adding the sky lounge and belowdecks accommodations.

Double-reflective glass offering sea views in all directions surrounds the main deck and insulates the area so that it doesn’t become a greenhouse under the hot sun. If privacy is desired during dinner at the salon’s table for eight, automatic blinds covering the ceiling glass and side windows can shield you from prying eyes.

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Top Deck

Arcadia’s desire to connect owners with the sea is illustrated in the A85S’s sky lounge. The glass windows that surround the space can drop at the touch of a button to allow a flow of salty breezes. During inclement weather, the space is easily buttoned up.Alberto Cocchi
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This C-shaped lounge is forward of the salon. The glass panels surround the area’s perimeter, ­providing unobstructed views — including over the foredeck lounge. The panels also create a sense of volume, allowing the feeling of being outside while sitting protected inside.Alberto Cocchi

The A85S’s volume comes on a platform of considerable heft, with the yacht displacing about 165,346 pounds. That should help keep her solid underfoot in a seaway.

She is equipped with twin 730 hp MAN diesels, and the builder reports a top-end of 18 knots with a 16-knot comfortable cruise speed. Arcadia says that at 12 knots, the A85S has an 850-nautical-mile range. An optional hybrid propulsion system lets owners cruise quietly at 8 knots.

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The galley can be closed off when desired, and it has a pass-through to the salon.Alberto Cocchi

Although the yacht’s main engines burn fossil fuel, the A85S is equipped with solar panels that, the builder says, produce enough power to run most must-have systems, such as electronics, pumps and lights, for the whole day sans generator. The result should be peaceful cruising.

Communing with nature underway happens in the cockpit, with an alfresco dining area and sun pads for an afternoon read, plus up in the sky lounge, which has a second helm station. The sky lounge can be open or enclosed in glass if the weather gets too cold or too wet.

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Owners can customize even the finest details, including woodwork and furniture.Alberto Cocchi

Designed for a cruising family, the A85S is set up with four staterooms, including a 345-square-foot master with en suite head. The forepeak VIP has a walk-in closet, and the remaining two staterooms have twin berths. There are also crew cabins for four located far forward.

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Two foldout balconies on the Arcadia A85S make great spots for post-cruise sundowners with a view.Alberto Cocchi

Like water toys? This yacht’s transom garage accommodates a 13-foot tender plus a two-seat PWC. She’s also designed in modular fashion, so owners can pick and choose how they would like to furnish their yacht. The Arcadia A85S will ­debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival this month. Look for her stateside soon after.

Arcadia A85S
The yacht has 387 square feet of solar panels that generate 3.5 kW of power.Alberto Cocchi