Nature lover

Arcadia Yachts has chosen the Cannes Yachting Festival for the international debut of its A96, the 30-metre yacht designed to offer an innovative approach to wellbeing and connection to the natural elements.

14 September 2023


Making its debut in Cannes, the A96 is a yacht of 30 metres in length and nearly 8 metres in the beam, bringing together the features of the shipyard’s two product lines with renewed force in a design that offers the huge stern terraces, highly manoeuvrable propulsion system and 23- to 24-knot top speed typical of the Sherpa range, as well as embracing the immense volumes and sumptuously high level of services of the A line.

The focus on contact with nature runs deep: the yacht’s spaces merge into the surrounding panorama, while concept, external lines and onboard technology are all meticulously designed to offer total well-being, charting a new course for the brand.

From the swim platform to the bow, the spaces flow seamlessly into one another, allowing the owner to choose between the conviviality of the main deck, a more discrete setting on the upper deck, and total privacy in the bow area. Sliding doors make for highly versatile living areas on the Main and Upper Decks, where the side and aft walls can be opened to transform these settings into open-air spaces.


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 privilege natural and, where possible, eco-friendly materials in a design characterised by soft lines and furnishings that have a pleasing hand feel, resulting 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 has three unique plus points in terms of volume, top speed (around 23 to 24 knots) and sheer surface area, offering over 400 square metres of liveable space. 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 draft and compact engine size mean that A96 can cruise in practically any waters.

Thanks to collaboration with Volvo Penta and Garmin, A96-01 is equipped with the most advanced port manoeuvring systems.

Volvo based in Sweden supplied the Assisted Docking system that facilitates mooring operations, ensuring maximum safety in even the most demanding conditions. Garmin, together with Arcadia, developed the Surround View Camera System, the first 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 100 kWh and powered in part by solar panels – guarantees up to nine 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 under way and at anchor.



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