Cannes Yachting Festival 2023 saw Arcadia A96 emerge as the undisputed star. Innovation often seems an overused word at yacht shows, yet Arcadia A96 proved it is not. This 29-meter marvel clinched the prestigious Innovation Trophy at the World Yachts Trophy and left an indelible mark on the six-day boat show as the most visited attraction.
The Arcadia A96 project first saw the light of day in December 2022 when Arcadia promised to answer the global demand for wellness and wellbeing at sea. Today, as the yacht gracefully sails the open waters, it has garnered resounding feedback from clients and industry experts. Notably, Arcadia confirmed the sale of two new hulls during the Cannes Yachting Festival, a testament to the A96's allure.
A rethought Arcadia yacht
The team of the yacht brand meticulously examined and optimised every facet of the A96. From its exterior lines to the ingeniously flexible layout, from the artful interior design by Igor Lobanov to the impeccable service and privacy provisions, and the efficient propulsion to the stabilisation systems - every detail of the 29.3-meter A96 showcases a harmonious blend of Arcadia Sherpa range manoeuvrability and the voluminous spaces of Arcadia's A range. As a result, it's a yacht that not only meets but exceeds expectations.
The design of Arcadia A96
While the exterior may not be a radical departure from Arcadia's signature style, it does sport some notable distinctions. The elongated bow, not a conventional Arcadia design, offers ample space for those who relish lounging on the bow. This design tweak, combined with the characteristic abundance of glass and solar panels in the exterior, is a further testament to Arcadia's commitment to innovation.
However, it's the interior that truly stands out. The A96 defies preconceived notions of what a 29-meter yacht can be. The shipyard proudly dubs it "multi-flexible," and rightly so. Its voluminous interior, courtesy of the visionary Igor Lobanov, is a masterclass in innovative design. Lobanov, known for rejuvenating Mangusta 165 REV and Mangusta Maxi Open 104 REV for Overmarine Group, brings a sculptural and modern aesthetic to the A96. Oval and elliptical forms, curved lines, and an emphasis on natural materials create a sense of proportion and integrity that is truly remarkable. Through meticulous hand sketching, 3D modelling, visualisation, GA development, and detail refinement, Lobanov's studio has helped Arcadia turn wellness yacht interiors into a new reality.
The unique features of Arcadia A96
One standout feature of the A96 is its spaciousness, boasting over 400 square metres of living space within the same dimensions as other yachts under 30 metres. Additional highlights include a water's edge stern platform and swing-down gunwales on both sides. Thanks to a generous 8-metre beam, A96 accommodates five guest cabins and comfortably sleeps up to five crew members. The cabins themselves are a testament to luxury, with beds positioned to offer sweeping views through massive windows.
Propulsion with four Volvo Penta IPS1200 engines ensures high manoeuvrability, impressive performance (up to 24 knots), low noise and vibration levels, and adaptability in living spaces. For those seeking more power, Volvo Penta IPS1350 engines are also an option. Stability is maintained through CMC Marine's electric fin stabilisers. Innovative features like assisted docking and surround view further enhance the A96's appeal.
It's Only the Beginning
The A96, constructed in Sorrento at Arcadia's facilities, serves as the inaugural model in a series spanning from 20 to 40 metres. Across this range, the concept of wellness takes centre stage, and the connection between interior and exterior spaces remains seamless. Nature is always invited aboard, as these yachts are designed as seagoing resorts, offering a sanctuary to reconnect and recharge.
Beyond the yacht owners from the Mediterranean, the new Arcadia yachts might interest clients in the United States, thanks to the shallow-water-friendly draught. The success of the A96 at the Cannes Yachting Festival marks just the beginning of an exciting journey for the shipyard founded in 2008.
Ugo Pellegrino, the owner of Arcadia Yachts, aptly summarises the achievement: "For me, this World Yachts Trophy is a recognition of Neapolitan creativity, determination, and skill."
See her in Monaco
The Arcadia A96 has made a grand entrance onto the yachting scene in Cannes. As it heads to the Monaco Yacht Show 2023, it offers a unique opportunity to witness the new way of yachting. Experiencing Arcadia A96 may redefine your perception of life at sea, just like it did for us.
Reporting by Daniil Slugevich; Writing and editing by Anastasiia Romanova