Arcadia Yachts announced the sale of the first hull of its A100+ model to a British client. The sale happened two months after the Naples-bases shipyard had announced its newly established partnership with Hot Lab. The Milan-based design studio is well known for its youthful and progressive approach, and it will be responsible for the exterior and interior designs for Arcadia’s future models.
The A100+, based on the previous model A100, represents the natural evolution of a brand that has delivered more than 20 yachts and claims a 15% market segment in its category.
“The A100+ is based on the former A100, but is a very different beast,” says Antonio Romano, from Hot Lab. “We’ve kept the same GRP hull form and general styling , but the superstructure has been extensively modified and uses new moulds. We’ve also created 36 sqm of terrace on the fly deck, which wasn’t there before, to celebrate the open-air yachting lifestyle that has always been central to Arcadia Yachts.”
Hot Lab developed five different layout arrangements with 4 or 5 cabin options. For the interior design of the first A100+, they worked in close collaboration with the owner and the shipyard to devise a fresh, contemporary style that matches the multifaceted exterior lines. Arcadia clients have always been allowed to customise the interior of their yachts: from now on, with the collaboration of Hot Lab, the opportunity to create tailor-made solutions will be increased.
“After thinking very hard about our choices and working together on several pilot projects, we decided that the best partner to evolve the company would be Hot Lab,” says Ugo Pellegrino, sole administrator of Arcadia Yachts. “The role of the design studio in the early phase of design plays a fundamental role in creating a solid and trustworthy relationship between the yard and the owner… Only when we completely identify with the clients can we really understand the nuances of their needs.”
The A100+ retains the typical technical features also found in the Arcadia range to date, such as the solar cells integrated into the glass superstructure that can charge the batteries and reduce loads on the generators (and also noise), and Kypton-filled double-glazed windows to maintain a stable coefficient between outside/inside temperatures and reduce the need for air conditioning.