Back to the Renaissance

The 2017 Cannes Yachting festival saw young Italian yard Arcadia Yachts unleash their new models and announce plans to expand into new ranges.

Photography by ARCADIA YACHTS

11 October 2017


This year at the Cannes Yachting Festival, luxury superyacht brand Arcadia Yachts brought a showcase of their newest offerings from Sorrento to the Vieux Port.


The yard’s Yachting Renaissance concept was first introduced in 2010. It’s based on placing the owner at the centre of the project to give them an unfettered experience of the surrounding environment.

The vast open spaces and the extensive aft decks enable passengers to immerse themselves into the marine milieu. The full-height windows, the lateral openings and the innovative glass surfaces that appear and disappear like windows in an automobile, all combine to generate spaces with imperceptible borders between interior and exterior.

The multiple openings render air-conditioning secondary thanks to the sea breezes that can freely circulate throughout the yacht. Solar panels have been integrated into the superstructure, reducing the use of generators while at anchor. The widespread use of state-of-the-art thermally insulated glass surfaces is a testament to the yard’s environmental values.



Arcadia Yachts has seen strong sales in their seven years in operation, and as a result its present fleet will be expanded into three different ranges: Gamma A, Gamma Sherpa and Gamma FOR.TH.


Gamma A, the archetypal Arcadia range, consists of five models:

  • A85 Comfort and elegance meet in only 25.9 metres of length, combining design and technological efficiency. With a superstructure entirely composed of thermal glass, the A85 is a luminous open-space yacht, a jardin d’hiver on water.
  • A85S Thanks to the use of the “Up & Down” windows, the sky-lounge becomes a third deck, available all year long, in any weather.
  • A100 A new concept for a living area that becomes a patio: the convertible sky-lounge is a fluid space.
  • A100+ A project whose cornerstone is flexibility and continuity between interior and exterior spaces
  • A115 The longest yacht of the fleet, with a flexible layout offering from four to six twin-berth cabins, an ample main deck and a luminous sky-lounge.


  • Based on sales results Arcadia will be expanding the Sherpa model into a separate range, with the 72 Sherpa to be presented in 18 months’ time. The 72 has two different outdoor living areas on the main and upper decks, both larger than the average size in this market segment.
  • Excellent manoeuvrability is provided by the twin Volvo Penta IPS engines. These power plants provide noise reduction in the primary living areas, while the solar panels guarantee sufficient electrical energy for most of the onboard equipment and systems.


  • Arcadia is making an entry into the world of steel-hulled vessels with their new FOR.TH (Forward Thinking) range. The yard is collaborating with Hot Lab Studio on the project and open to foreign partnerships to collaborate on the first unit’s engineering and production.

  • The first model of the Gamma FOR.TH will be 47 metres long, with a maximum beam of 9 metres. Once again, Arcadia has promoted contact with the surrounding environment in the use of large glass surfaces and open transoms on both the main and upper decks.
  • The FOR.TH.’s conventional linear design is contrasted with an almost completely glass prism, of architectural inspiration, providing the interiors with a significant amount of natural light. Usable interior space is concentrated just forward of amidships to allow for ample sunlit and shaded areas on the after decks.
  • All exterior design solutions reflect the yard’s focus on conviviality. Design philosophy for the proposed interiors is based on a refined and contemporary open floorplan inspired by modern real estate designs. The proposed displacement is just under 500 gross tonnage.
  • The 78 square-metre sundeck can include a transparent jacuzzi surrounded by a spacious C-shaped sunbathing area.
  • There is a bar on the 43-square metre upper deck, shielded by a laminated structure that lets the sun filter through when desired.


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