Photography by Alberto Cocchi
18 January 2024
Italian luxury boatbuilder Arcadia Yachts has revealed images of its new A96-01. The 29-metre vessel, two units of which have already been sold, cinched the ‘Innovation Trophy’ for yachts between 80 and 98 feet at the World Yacht Trophy awards in September 2023.
The interior design of A96-01 is by Igor Lobanov, who, inspired by the Art Deco period, has traced sleek curves and dark lacquered surfaces. The yacht offers five cabins, a high level of service and a state-of-the-art propulsion and stabilisation system.
From the stern deck to the bow, a succession of spaces flow in continuity with each other to allow the owner to choose between the conviviality of the main deck, greater discretion in the upper or the total privacy of the bow area. Sliding doors provide versatility, and in the main and upper deck lounges, side and aft walls can be slid to transform them into open-air spaces.
The yacht’s spaces merge into the surrounding panorama to keep the focus on nature, while the concept, external lines and onboard technology are all designed to offer a sense of wellbeing.
The A96 is nearly 8 metres in the beam, in a design that offers wide stern terraces, a highly manoeuvrable propulsion system and a 23-24 knot top speed – typical of the Sherpa range – as well as embracing the impressive volumes of the A-line.
High service standards are ensured by the separation of guest and crew flows (including a dedicated crew stairway), by the fully appointed pantry, and optionally by a second day toilet on the upper deck.
There are five cabins: the owner’s full-beam, light-filled cabin is in the forward section of the main deck, while the four guest cabins are on the lower deck. For the interiors, the shipyard asked Igor Lobanov to prioritise natural and, where possible, eco-friendly materials in a design characterised by soft lines and furnishings.
The result is found in sleek curves and dark lacquered surfaces inspired by Art Deco. The colour palette is neutral and pale, with dark or metallic accents for contrast.
The A96-01 offers over 400 square metres of liveable space. Arcadia says a lot of work went into optimising weights, increasing structural comfort and boosting the efficiency of all the wiring and piping systems and the thermo-acoustic insulation of the engine room.
The four Volvo Penta IPS 1350 engines in this unit offer high manoeuvrability (joystick control) and stability when pitching thanks to the interceptors and the satellite dynamic positioning system. The shallow draught and compact engine size mean that A96 can cruise in practically any waters.
Thanks to collaboration with Volvo Penta and Garmin, the A96-01 is equipped with advanced port manoeuvring systems. Volvo, which is based in Sweden, supplied the assisted docking system that facilitates mooring operations, ensuring safety even in demanding conditions.
Garmin, together with Arcadia, has developed the Surround View Camera System, a 360-degree vision system offering a bird’s eye view using an array of six cameras installed in the hull, which transmit information in real-time about the open water around the boat and the distance from any obstacles.
The system also provides virtual manoeuvring guides and can detect and highlight moving objects.
Finally, the optional ‘silent mode’ system – rated over 100kWh and powered in part by solar panels – guarantees up to 8-9 hours of onboard life in silent mode, while the air-conditioning in the cabins is very quiet and ensures a uniform temperature in the various areas. Waveless Stab fins from CMC Marine round out the range for optimum comfort both underway and at anchor.