Well, technically delivery is four months from now. But, at that time, the A85 recently sold to a British buyer becomes the 12th cruiser in the successful series from Arcadia Yachts. Equally significant, she represents the 12th delivery in seven years.
Like the megayachts that came before her, this A85 has far more linear looks than most. This, and the positioning of the superstructure, make more use of space both inside and outside on the main deck. To be exact, 1,076 square feet (100 square meters) await the owner and his guests there. Meanwhile, four staterooms take care of them all below decks, with two crew cabins below, too.
Certainly, one of the primary attractions for the buyer is the “winter garden” atmosphere, as Arcadia Yachts puts it. The A85 has almost an entirely glass superstructure. Solar panels are embedded in the panes, too. In fact, almost 431 square feet (40 square meters) of solar panels appear. The lightweight nature of the superstructure and the solar panels cut down on fuel-consumption needs. The solar panels alone can power the A85’s lighting, entertainment, and more power consumers.
The hull design cuts down on fuel consumption, too. Arcadia worked with the UK-based National Physical Laboratory for the design. The A85 is a semi-planing megayacht that reportedly burns 30 to 50 percent less than similar yachts of similar size. The hull design additionally requires lower horsepower, yet another reason the A85 consumes less fuel. Twin 730-hp MANs allow a reported top speed of 18 knots, as well as a cruising speed of 16 knots.
Whether the owner and guests cruise a lot or anchor a lot, they have some enjoyable alfresco areas to put to use. The A85 has a dining area at the bow, conveniently connected to the galley thanks to a sliding door. Fully aft, another table and seating arrangement caters to cocktails and meals. Sunpads beckon, too.
No word on how the owner will design the interior, though the photo of a previous A85 saloon and dining area hints at what he might do.