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New Exclusive Dealer for Arcadia Yachts in Greater China

March 31, 2015

Arcadia Yachts, the innovative and unique “eco-friendly” Italian builder, is delighted to announce the appointment of Eletek Technology as exclusive dealer for Greater China. Eletek forecasted 15 units to be sold in Greater China within the upcoming 5 years, together with the presentation of Arcadia’s yachts during the most prestigious Chinese boat shows. The first show for Arcadia and its motor yacht Arcadia 85 will be the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show 2015.

Arcadia 85 Yacht by Arcadia Yachts

Arcadia 85 Yacht by Arcadia Yachts

Eletek Technology Limited – established in 1997, is mainly focusing on business related to the marine industry and has rapidly established itself as a leading marine electronic service provider in Hong Kong and China. Eletek is the only company presently offering comprehensive sales and service encompassing shipping industry, from the recreation boat, work boat, fishing boat to the deep sea commercial vessel.

Eletek has established distribution networks which links up hundreds of dealers covering almost every part of China’s waterside, harbour workboat and river trade markets.

Ugo Pellegrino President of Arcadia Yachts states: “We are very excited for this strategic agreement with Eletek. We are confident that our yachts can have a serious success with potential Chinese yacht owners, for several reasons. First of all, new and current Arcadia models are so different from all the other yachts and comply in full with the Chinese yacht buyers expectation for excellent see-keeping; our yachts count on generous, roomy and shielded spaces (approx around 220sqm) as Arcadia offers by its aft-deck. Arcadia’s maximum beams are the largest available on market. The lifestyle on board Arcadia, thanks to its peculiar continuity of spaces on the main-deck and the volume of its convivial areas, is perfect for socializing during their frequent social events. And last but not least the Italian style that a large number of Chinese owners prefers”.

Mr W.K. Leung – Eletek CEO refers: “After a long and accurate market survey in search of the ideal motoryacht suitable for China market, Eletek selected Arcadia’s production since we are convinced that the peculiarities offered by Arcadia’s innovative projects comply perfectly with Chinese growing clientele. New technologies, green approach, modern design, innovative concept for space distribution on board and an unmatchable comfort in navigation make all Arcadia models unique and pertaining to a “new yacht generation”. You will discover why only coming personally on board”.

Below is a choice of the superb charter yachts built by Arcadia Yachts.

Arcadia Yachts releases 2015 plans and update on yacht range completion

March 03, 2015

Arcadia Yachts has unveiled details about their 2015 plans, along with updated information about yacht range completion. Three new models will be soon added to the shipyard’s fleet of yachts. In addition, the company plans a +25% upgrade of green energy production for all new and current yacht models.

ARCADIA 100 Superyacht

ARCADIA 100 Superyacht

THE 2015 FLEET PLANS  – Actual series of fibreglass yachts ranging from 85 and 115 feet will enlarge with a new model: motor yacht Arcadia 100. In addition the 2015 yard fleet expansion plan is the steel production of full-displacement yachts sizes from 145 feet up to 180.

SEMI-DISPLACEMENT NPL HULL IN GRP RANGE – NEW AND ACTUAL MODELS

Motor yacht Arcadia 85 -10 units already delivered in different areas, between the Mediterranean, USA and China; hulls #11, 12 and 13 are now under construction. Order Book of large number of units sold in China to be delivered within the next 5 years, the first of which has arrived in Hong Kong on the beginning of December. Materials: Arcadia 85 hull is built in reinforced fiberglass with vinylester resin for the three external layers. Sides are built in PVC sandwich with fiberglass. Superstructure is GRP and verandas in stainless steel. Now available in two versions : Mediterranean  (standard) and Far East /US.

Superyacht Arcadia 100 – new 2015 model – hull #1 in lamination. Materials: Arcadia’s 100 hull is built in reinforced fiberglass with vinylester resin for the three external layers. Sides are built in PVC sandwich with fiberglass. With a remarkable GT, positively effecting living space. This new yacht will have three decks then, and an overall length of 31.06 meters, 29.29 meters on the waterline, a beam of 7.75 meters and a displacement at full load of 110 tons.

Arcadia 145 Superyacht

Arcadia 145 Superyacht

With an optimized hull for efficiency, whose primary advantage is to reduce the fuel consumption compared to other yachts of similar dimensions, the new Arcadia 100, powered  by two 1,000 hp engines reaches a maximum speed of about 18 knots and offers a cruising speed which is perfect for long distance day trips. Actually, at 16 knots, fuel consumption is apx. 260 liters/hour and at 14 knots this decreases to 160 liters/hour. At economical cruising speed, suitable for night navigation and long range cruises,  it drops down to 80 liters/hour. Arcadia 100’s extended cruising range is also favored by low generators usage as, when the yacht is at anchor during the daylight, electrical energy production can be also supplied by the solar panels that cover almost all of the superstructure.

Luxury yacht Arcadia 115 – 4 units produced and sold. Materials: Arcadia’s 115 hull is built in reinforced fiberglass with vinylester resin for the three external layers. Sides are built in PVC sandwich with fiberglass. Superstructure is GRP and verandas in aluminum.

MORE ON NPL HULL HYDRODYNAMIC EFFICIENCY – The semi-displacement hull requires limited engine power, guaranteeing low consumption, emissions and maintenance costs. Arcadia Yachts produces semi-planing yacht. Its particular hull (NPL) is named after the National Physical Laboratory of England where tests were conducted to determine the best shape hull and the best ratio length-beam in terms of hydrodynamic efficiency. Studies and tests were implemented by Arcadia’s chief engineer and designer Francesco Guida as well as hull shape – prior to adopt the NPL as Arcadia’s Hulls with the result of excellent sea keeping qualities and noise reduction for an exceptional comfort while cruising or at anchor. Arcadia hull in reinforced fiberglass with vinylester resin for the three external layers. Sides are built in PVC sandwich with fiberglass. The advanced semi-displacement hull which allows efficient performances together with the very light superstructure significantly reduces weight and fuel consumption and related running costs of its low-power engines .

FULL-DISPLACEMENT HULL – NEW STEEL AND ALUMINIUM 2015 RANGE

Superyacht Arcadia 145 – new 2015 model – The project has been recently completed and the Shipyard is ready to start construction. It’s a 44mt of Loa with remarkable volumes. Arcadia 145 will record a Gross Tonnage few below 500 GT. Arcadia 145 despite generous main deck created according to a ahead wide body concept, will be a benchmark for yachts of this size.

The solar panel verandas, already present on other models of the Arcadia range, are located on the upper deck, and thanks to even more efficient photovoltaic elements, the panels will produce up to 6 kwh, a 25% upgrade of  green energy.

Both of the two versions offered by the yard feature the owner’s suite on the main deck, with an adjacent office and sitting room, a spacious bathroom and direct access to the lobby. Aligned with Arcadia Yachts “family feeling”, lighting and spacial concepts for the 145′ are decisive factors. Ample bay windows, at full hight for vertical panels, but also present on the overheads, provide a unique sensation of airiness.

Luxury yacht Arcadia 180 – new 2015 concept – more details during the year 2015.

+25% GREEN ENERGY IN 2015

Double glazing solar panels in all Arcadia Yachts are integrated within the superstructure. This feature ensures maximum comfort whilst recharging the batteries and powering many utilities and services on-board. This is the only way to reduce the use of generators.

On all Arcadia’s model, Yard will installs solar panels, placed inside a special insulating glass designed and produced especially for Arcadia in accordance to rigid protocols, guaranteeing a 25% increase in electricity production. This was made possible in part by the increased generating capacity of the cells themselves, in part with attentive superstructure design, increasing the surface area dedicated to the panels.

Since the Yard’s establishment in 2008, Arcadia’s design choices, based on environmental considerations, characterize the Yard’s design philosophy. Arcadia has consistently proposed unprecedented solutions that harness solar energy and allow lower energy consumption and generator dependency. Across the design range, irrespective of length, from the past into the future.

The Arcadia design and technical department always makes use of a scientific approach. The technology allowing transparent superstructures with internal solar panels derives from studies undertaken at the University of Naples Federico II – Prof. Adolfo Palombo.

The solution is special insulated glass that uses low-emission electric energy production cells insulated by Krypton gas. The first infrared studies done by both the Yard and the university have confirmed positive results: 18° of thermal cooling between interior and exterior temperatures, the equivalent of a 20 cm. brick wall.

A standard Arcadia’s “Eco-tech solution” in addition to the +25% of green energy, is related to waste water. Every new and current Arcadia model has sophisticated systems which provide waste water treatment to avoid pollution. Another relevant step oriented to Arcadia’s Eco-think.

Solar Powered Sailing Yacht HELIOS concept by Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi

February 16, 2015

Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi from Italy, both students of Yacht and Cruise vessel design at Politecnico di Milano, have developed the solar powered sailing yacht Helios concept for Young Designer of the Year 2015 contest, organized by Boat International Media and sponsored by Oceanco. The performance flybridge ketch Helios concept represents an innovative and eco-friendly 55-metre vessel, able to explore the world, providing accommodation for 10 guests and 8 crew members.

Solar Powered Sailing Yacht HELIOS concept by Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi

Solar Powered Sailing Yacht HELIOS concept by Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi

The exterior styling of the deckhouse is modern and is shaped from the soft curves of an oyster-shell.  The height of the ketch rig allows the Helios yacht to pass through the Panama Canal, and the sails are suitable for cruising and occasional race.

The cockpit of super yacht Helios offers dining to 10 guests and is protected from the elements, while the deck , which is clean from riggings, offers a wide space for relaxation and sunbathing areas for the guests.

Superyacht Helios under sail

Superyacht Helios concept under sail

The flybridge deck has a dual helm stations with excellent all-round visibility and an infinity pool looking aft, but when luxury yacht Helios is under way the water is pumped out and is converted into a sunbathing area with cushions.

On the main deck there are two tender garages with a 5-metre tender, two jet skis and two canoes, while on the lower deck there is another  tender garage for the 7-metre exact-replica limousine tender with opening on the starboard side. On the port side the platform allows the guests to board the tenders.

The main salon can be converted in a cinema and is separated from the dining area.

Luxury yacht Helios concept - aft view

Luxury yacht Helios concept - aft view

On the lower deck there are crew cabins, four guest cabins and the owner’s suite that has a private beach club with a retractable swimming platform.

The main characteristic of Helios superyacht are the sails, which are composed of flexible solar cells made of silicon. The surface of the solar cells (2052 sq. m.) of about 2500 panels can generate a power of circa 355 kWh that can be accumulated in storage batteries placed in the engine room.

Helios Yacht Concept by night

Helios Yacht Concept by night

The spinnaker is made of nylon and the mizzen staysail is made of dacron because they must be light, handy and functional to be lifted up and then hauled down in the forepeaks.

Luxury yacht Helios is a diesel-electric sailing yacht that, together with the reduced draught of 4 metres thanks to the lifting keel, can go in shallow waters or protected areas using only electric propulsion expanding its range for expedition.

Helios superyacht concept - Owners Cabin

Helios superyacht concept - Owners Cabin

Helios yacht concept - Owners Cabin

Helios yacht concept - Owners Cabin

About Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi

Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi from Italy study Yacht and Cruise vessel design at Politecnico di Milano. They were among the Top 10 designers at 2014 Show Boats Design Awards in the Young Designer of the Year section with superyacht Project Lyra, a 60-metre SWATH design. They gained experience with internship at Mondo Marine Shipyard (Marco) and Amico & Co Shipyard (Alberto). They have both passion for the sea and go sailing during the summer.

Another success for Filippetti Navetta 30 motor yacht GATSBY

February 06, 2015

After being announced as a finalist for the ShowBoats Design Award 2015 in the “Environmental protection Award” category, another great recognition arrives for the Filippetti Navetta 30 motor yacht Gatsby. Luxury superyacht Gatsby has been shortlisted for the World Superyacht Award 2015 in the “Displacement Motor Yachts of below 500GT – 30m to 42.99m” category.

Filippetti Navetta 30 super yacht GATSBY underway

Filippetti Navetta 30 super yacht GATSBY underway

Two major awards arrived for Filippetti Navetta 30 superyacht Gatsby by Boat International Media. M/Y Gatsby is one of the finalists in two of the most important and prestigious industry awards: the World Superyacht Awards and ShowBoats Design Awards. The impressive group of finalists includes the best super yachts built and delivered to the  owner in the last twelve months.

The World Superyacht Awards recognize, from more than 10 years, the best superyachts newly built, delivered to their owners during the last year. The jury, arranged by eighteen superyacht owners and two high-level professionals, has visited the boat during the Cannes Boat Show, where it was presented in a world premiere. The Filippetti Navetta 30 luxury yacht Gatsby was named as a finalist in the category “Displacement Motor Yachts of below 500GT – 30m to 42.99m.” The awards ceremony will take place in Amsterdam in May.

While the World Superyacht Awards recognizes superyachts in their entirety, the ShowBoats Design Awards focuses directly on the fundamental design aspects of superyacht design such as naval architecture, exterior design and interior layout. The Navetta 30 yacht Gatsby has been nominated in the category “Environmental Protection Award”.

Two major awards for the first Filippetti Navetta 30 super yacht Gatsby that further confirm the high quality of the founding principles of this “green boat”. This 30 meters, like the other vessels of the line Navetta, has been entirely designed according to environmentally sustainable criteria: displacement hull, soft, rounded lines, low emissions and consumption. Thanks to the fuel tank capacity of 27,000 liters and the low power consumption, Filippetti Navetta 30 is able to travel long cruises without the need for intermediate supplies. In addition to the attention for the environment, great importance has been given to the comfort and the large spaces on board. The interior of M/Y Gatsby were completely customized by the owner to maximize comfort. M/Y Gatsby has six cabins and a deck fully dedicated to the owner, an unusual layout for boat of this size.

US debut of Arcadia 85 US Edition motor yacht hull #8 at upcoming Miami Yacht Brokerage Show 2015

February 02, 2015

Arcadia Yachts, the innovative and unique “eco-friendly” Italian builder, is delighted to announce the upcoming US debut of Arcadia 85 US edition motor yacht hull #8 at the 2015 Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show. The event will run in the fabulous Florida yacht charter location – Miami from February 12 to 16, 2015.

Arcadia 85 US edition motor yacht Hull no. 8 by Arcadia Yachts

Arcadia 85 US edition motor yacht Hull no. 8 by Arcadia Yachts

The layout and the functional living concepts of Arcadia 85 US Edition yacht are the result of a  construction evolution: the linear design of the superstructure and the vertical line of the bow allow a better use of every single available internal/external space. Living capacity is wider than other yachts of the same size. The uniqueness of Arcadia’s project is finding in the design solution to integrate solar panels into a yacht with navigation performance.

Yard’s passion for solar technology and clean mobility is finally expressed in this 26mt length and 7.15 width yacht equipped with 40sqm of photovoltaic panels each composed of hundreds of high performance solar cells. That’s how and where any Arcadia yacht get all the energy for the equipment on board: showers, wc, fridge and lights.

Arcadia 85 US edition luxury yacht Hull no. 8 from above

Arcadia 85 US edition luxury yacht Hull no. 8 from above

The design of luxury yacht Arcadia 85 reflects simple and understated styling with an harmonious blend between the indoor and outdoor areas. Her deckhouse has been made almost entirely out of double layered reflecting glass, giving the interior a bright and airy feel. The sliding over-head and lateral blinds can provide privacy and shade, as required by the owner and his guests once in port or in bay. Arcadia 85 impressive aft-deck lounge (8,50mt in length) features a well protected cockpit, perfect for dining, as well as large sunbathing area towards the stern of the yacht.

Arcadia 85 is a semi-planing yacht. Its particular hull (NPL) is named after the National Physical Laboratory of England where tests were conducted to determine the best shape hull and the best ratio length-beam in terms of hydrodynamic efficiency.

8th Arcadia 85 US edition Yacht - aft deck

8th Arcadia 85 US edition Yacht - aft deck

Studies and tests were implemented by Arcadia’s technical department as well as hull shape – prior to adopt the NPL as Arcadia’s Hulls with the result of excellent sea keeping qualities and noise reduction for an exceptional comfort while cruising or at anchor.

Arcadia 85 yacht hull is built in gel coat and reinforced fiberglass with vinylester resin for the three external layers. Sides are built in PVC sandwich with fiberglass. This particular structure makes an Arcadia yacht considerably light and durable for its size. The advanced semi-planing hull which allows efficient performances together with the very light superstructure in aluminum significantly reduces weight and fuel consumption and related running costs of its low-power engines .

The 25.90 metre (84.95ft) superyacht Arcadia 85 has a full load displacement of 67 tons. She is powered by twin MAN diesels R6-730hp each (optional engines 2xMAN 800hp), giving her the maximum speed of 18.5 knots and she can comfortably cruise at the speed of 16.5 knots, as well as 12.0 knots.

Arcadia 85 US edition Yacht Hull no. 8 - Galley

Arcadia 85 US edition Yacht Hull no. 8 - Galley

8th Arcadia 85 US edition Yacht - Dining

8th Arcadia 85 US edition Yacht - Dining

Her range is approx 850NM @12.0 knots.

Motor yacht Arcadia 85 US version “bullet points”

Compared to the MED version, here some changes on the US version of ARCADIA 85:

Technical aspects

• Generators enhanced to support more powerful air conditioning

• Powered Air conditioning system

• Insulation increased to improve the onboard comfort according to warmer and more humide climate

• The electrical system conforms to US standards

8th Arcadia 85 US edition superyacht - Saloon

8th Arcadia 85 US edition superyacht - Saloon

Design / Layout Aspects

• Interiors and exteriors solutions adapted to the needs of the US market

• Open-spaced galley (Schiffini design) to the dining area of main salon as special request from the US market

• Vip cabin with dressing area

• Washing machine/dryer cabinet located in the guest cabins corridor

Arcadia 85 US edition Yacht Hull no. 8 - Saloon

Arcadia 85 US edition Yacht Hull no. 8 - Saloon

Arcadia 85  is designed to be a family yacht, which combines different exterior functions in one single deck, giving guests more possibility to spend time together. While interiors profit by the advanced aesthetic sensation of “open space” and closer contact with nature thanks to the the full “floor-to-ceiling” windows.

Yacht has four guest cabins at the lower deck, including the spectacular owner’s cabin adminship. The room is unusually large with a stunningly beautiful en suite head. The large VIP cabin forward is fitted with double bed and dressing. And there are also two more twin cabins. The bow of the yacht offers space for 4 of crew, which can be accessed through the wheel-house. Yacht assured a remarkable space has been assigned to the crew and technical areas, including the tender garage where a 4+ meter tender and 2 seater Jet Ski can easily be stored.

Arcadia 85 US edition super yacht Hull no. 8 - Master stateroom

Arcadia 85 US edition super yacht Hull no. 8 - Master stateroom

Arcadia 85 main saloon is more intimate and provides space for up to 8 guests. However, the aft deck being well protected against the elements, gives a larger possibility to guest to spend most of the time there, instead of inside. The interior of the yacht features modern furniture by well known best of “made in Italy” design brands, such as Poltrone Frau, Cassina and Schiffini. Almost all the interiors are composed of loose pieces of furniture, thus giving the option of modular layouts. In the US version, Arcadia 85 has an open-spaced galley to the dining area. Acces to the wheelhouse is on the left side.

With Arcadia 85 US edition, arrives in US as well, a new way to experience the sea, with innovation and ethical values. Because sailing is a privilege that should be experienced without ostentations, rushing or any kind of waste. To enjoy the sea whilst respecting Nature and the economic value of every single action. A real commitment made of style and substance. A project that has become a new point of reference for the market sector in just a few years. This is our “ecological dream”, which takes place in three different key steps: starting from the ECOTHINK philosophy to ECOTECH innovations, up to a new onboard experience, ECOLIVING.

Sailing yacht OCEANAID concept by Harun Kemali, Gurbuz Bilici and Isik Goren

February 02, 2015

Sailing yacht Oceanaid concept has been beautifully penned by naval architects Harun Kemali and Gürbüz Bilici, in partnership with final year architecture student, Işık Gören. The 45-metre superyacht Oceanaid concept is a multipurpose vessel, with functionality more important than aesthetics.

45m superyacht Oceanaid concept

45m superyacht Oceanaid concept

Luxury yacht Oceanaid concept has been designed with motto of “leaving no one behind” by making her inclusive for everybody. Therefore in design process, functionality is kept more important than aesthetics, but these two elements are tried to complement each other, instead of being in conflict.

In the exterior design of super yacht Oceanaid concept, contemporary lines are preferred to signify cutting edge technology of the boat. Large windows are used to enable people on board to embrace freedom and space while emphasizing the contemporary look of the boat. Flexible areas are offered people onboard such as the sportsbridge, cockpit, bow sunbathing area, extending balconies on deck, opening balcony in garage and extending beach club to make them enjoy their time onboard in different places without boredom. Exterior areas, as well as interior areas are arranged to enable people with wheelchair to move around freely. Helm stations are placed carefully to have a 360 degree view thanks to low profile superstructure.

Luxury yacht Oceanaid concept by night

Luxury yacht Oceanaid concept by night

In the interior design of Oceanaid superyacht concept, flexible design methodology is sustained as in exterior design to maximize physiological and psychological comfort by creating warm and spacious interiors. Linked with exterior areas, interior areas offer owners and guests elegant and roomy spaces which they can spend even all day inside in privacy without ennui.

In technical design of Oceanaid yacht concept, the focus was creating an environmentally friendly, high tech and fast boat. As a primary energy source, renewable energy is used onboard such as wind and solar energy. Diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system is preferred with 2 propeller high efficiency pod system.

Aboard sailing yacht Oceanaid concept

Aboard sailing yacht Oceanaid concept

All in all, a typical Mediterranean boat with large exterior and interior spaces is tried to be created with high tech features onboard and contemporary look. Oceanaid yacht concept is not a perfect or dream boat, she is rather a milestone while reaching through the perfect with genuine ideas.

Fresnel Hydrofoil Trimaran – A futuristic solar-powered yacht designed by architect Margot Krasojevic

January 09, 2015

Architect Margot Krasojevic has beautifully designed the Fresnel Hydrofoil Trimaran – a futuristic yacht that is powered by solar panels on her sails. The design for a solar powered, perpetual motion, hydrofoil Trimaran yacht has been commissioned by Holden Manz wine estate, Cape Town, South Africa.

Fresnel Hydrofoil Trimaran – A futuristic solar-powered yacht designed by architect Margot Krasojevic

Fresnel Hydrofoil Trimaran – A futuristic solar-powered yacht designed by architect Margot Krasojevic

The Fresnel Trimaran has a folding wingsail for a better lift to drag ratio, the sail’s frame is a built up mechanical structure similar to an airplane wing constructed from carbon fibre with a retractable Kevlar sail covered in aero-nautical film. The sail rotates around the mast and has a series of  motorised creases which catch the wind, the wingsail is actuated by motors that control these movements using solar cells and wind energy.

The combination of the Fresnel lens and holographic film clad outrigger concentrates solar power for more of an efficient output. The form of the main hull acts as one unit with the wingsail, which wraps into the main body of the hull creating a continuous surface resulting in the motorised mast changing the shape of the sail allowing it to harness more wind. The outriggers detach to transform the yacht from racing multihull Trimaran to a cruise boat for leisure. The multi-hulls use recycled carbon fibre materials to reduce the environmental damage caused during processing new carbon fibre sheets.

Fresnel Trimaran yacht from above

Fresnel Trimaran yacht from above

The multi-hull wingsail design does not carry a heavy ballast which slows down vessels, all the materials used are strong yet lightweight.

A triangulated woven polyester mesh trampoline with a vinyl coating runs the length of the Trimaran, it is connected to the wingsail which wraps itself into the main composite carbon fibre hull, the trampoline frame acts as a water piercer with a heavy ensuring a smoother ride. Wind flows over wingsail and uplift drives the Trimaran forward.

A solar-powered yacht by Architect Margot Krasojevic

A solar-powered yacht by Architect Margot Krasojevic

The Wingsail generates wind energy, internal gearing systems convert wind energy to electricity which can be used to part run the motors or contribute to the integrated desalination unit along with the solar cell/ fresnel clad outriggers which run the desalination unit providing up to 4 litres of drinking water per hour.

Flexible solar panels located on the top and bottom of the wingsail surfaces generate electricity using wind and solar energy.

A futuristic solar-powered trimaran yacht by Architect Margot Krasojevic

A futuristic solar-powered trimaran yacht by Architect Margot Krasojevic

During bright windless days, wingsails face the sun and only solar energy is generated.

On windy days, wingsails rotate to generate largest combined energy from wind and sun. At night, wingsails generate just wind energy.

The outrigger hulls can detach themselves from the main hull, they are constructed from a double section vacuum bonded PVC surface lined with Fresnel lenses and holographic film to focus the light intensity towards the sandwiched solar cells.  The Fresnel trimaran also has a set of fold-out hydrofoils. When it’s in monohull mode, these hydrofoils can be deployed, pushing the main hull up above the water, reducing water resistance by up to 80 percent, allowing for a fast, smooth ride that uses less fuel.

Fresnel Trimaran yacht by Architect Margot Krasojevic

Fresnel Trimaran yacht by Architect Margot Krasojevic

The main cabin is lined with holographic film which defracts incident light, it also acts as a prismatic concentrator which channels light towards the photovoltaic material.

The second stage to the project involves a series of elliptical tracks running across the yacht’s  boards attempting to harness the main hull pendulum motion to run the perpetual retrieving magnetic turbine motor.

Knierim celebrating 50 years of yacht building

January 07, 2015

Knierim boasts an outstanding reputation among international yacht owners. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Knierim stands for everything that is top of the range in the boat builder’s craft. In its second generation, the yard has focused on building individual high-tech yachts, comprising the unique German America’s Cup racer Germany I (2006) as well as the 31-metre catamaran TÛRANOR Planet Solar (2010), driven by solar energy alone.

The world's largest solar catamaran Planet Solar designed by Knierim

The world's largest solar catamaran Planet Solar designed by Knierim

The success story began in 1965 on the real estate occupied by a former lifeboat shed on the Eastern bank of the Kieler fjord. Günter Knierim’s yacht and boatyard serviced and repaired solid timber fishing cutters.

However, it wasn’t very long before they concentrated on sporting boats. Plywood hulls were developed and even entire yachts laid down at Kiel. In the 70s, the quarter-tonne “Vagabund”, with a chine hull, was the prototype for three successors. The first quarter-tonners, made from moulded plywood, the “Attacke” and the “Kninispri”, followed and took the Mini Tonner world championship in the South of France in 1983.

In 1999, Gunnar Knierim, who won the Admirals’ Cup in 1993 on Willi Illbruck’s Pinta and had learned about refined composite technologies at the Admiral’s Cup in New Zealand, took over as managing director. Two years later, he relocated the company to a colossal area on the Kiel Canal. To date, this courageous step has produced some 30 new builds, ranging from comfortable cruise ships for sailing round the world to high-tech racing yachts. The number of employees rose to around 45.

First and only German Americas Cupper ever since GERMANY I yacht

First and only German Americas Cupper ever since GERMANY I yacht

Jointly managed by Knierim and the businessman Steffen Müller, the shipyard then became a member of the DEUTSCHE YACHTEN Working Group. With its 26-metre Maxi UCA, the fastest ship across the Atlantic in the 2003 DCNAC race, it scaled new heights. Germany 1, the first German America’s Cup campaign contender in 2006, was a high-tech prestigious build, just like TÛRANOR Planet Solar, a solar-powered catamaran, significantly designed by KNIERIM in 2010.  With a length of 31 metres and a beam of 15 metres, it is to date the largest waterborne craft powered purely by solar energy, and is CO2-neutral into the bargain.

After producing the Knierim Runabout 36 yacht tender in 2013, the yard, last year, launched the 18.30 metre long Knierim 60 a truly speedy giant sailing yacht. An extraordinary 53-foot boat, which will be publicly unveiled shortly, is currently under construction. The keel for a 57-foot long high-tech racing yacht has also been laid. Since 2005, the prototype hulls and decks together with rudders, keels, bulkheads and other structural components have been milled independently in the yard’s own subsidiary, KNIERIM Tooling, on state-of-the-art 5-axis machines.

Knierim Runabout 36 superyacht tender

Knierim Runabout 36 superyacht tender

Two of these are more than 30 metres long, 8.50 metres wide and four metres high. They also provide extraordinarily precise shaping for wind power system rotor blades, in aerospace and shipbuilding, as well as large industrial parts and deck equipment for mega yachts. They have also been producing direct female tooling for a long time.

Spread over more than 20,000 square metres, the company provides winter storage, refit services, repairs, conversions and paintwork. KNIERIM Yachts n’ Technics was founded to cover the entire range of yachting equipment. “We don’t want to do anything other than build good boats”, is the company’s watchword. The self-made claim as an incisive philosophy for the next 50 years.

Successful US premiere of motor yacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8) by Arcadia Yachts

December 01, 2014

Arcadia Yachts, the innovative and unique ‘eco-friendly’ Italian builder, is thrilled to announce the successful US premiere of motor yacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8). Superyacht Arcadia 85 US Edition will be displayed at Art Basel Miami 2014, running at Miami Beach Marina from December 4 to 7.

Super yacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8) by Arcadia Yachts

Super yacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8) by Arcadia Yachts

The layout and the functional living concepts of superyacht Arcadia 85 US Edition are the result of a construction evolution: the linear design of the superstructure and the vertical line of the bow allow a better use of every single available internal/external space. Living capacity is wider than other yachts of the same size. The uniqueness of Arcadia’s project is finding in the design solution to integrate solar panels into a yacht with navigation performance.

Yard’s passion for solar technology and clean mobility is finally expressed in this 26mt length and 7.15 width yacht equipped with 40sqm of photovoltaic panels each composed of hundreds of high performance solar cells. That’s how and where any Arcadia yacht get all the energy for the equipment on board: showers, toilet, fridge and lights.

Motor yacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8) by Arcadia Yachts at launch

Motor yacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8) by Arcadia Yachts at launch

The design of Arcadia 85 yacht reflects simple and understated styling with an harmonious blend between the indoor and outdoor areas. Her deckhouse has been made almost entirely out of double layered reflecting glass, giving the interior a bright and airy feel. The sliding over-head and lateral blinds can provide privacy and shade, as required by the owner and his guests once in port or in bay. Arcadia 85 impressive aft-deck lounge (8,50mt in length) features a well protected cockpit, perfect for dining, as well as large sunbathing area towards the stern of the yacht.

Super yacht Arcadia 85 is a semi-planing yacht. Its particular hull (NPL) is named after the National Physical Laboratory of England where tests were conducted to determine the best shape hull and the best ratio length-beam in terms of hydrodynamic efficiency.

Luxury yacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8) - aft view

Luxury yacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8) - aft view

Studies and tests were implemented by Arcadia’s technical department as well as hull shape – prior to adopt the NPL as Arcadia’s Hulls with the result of excellent sea keeping qualities and noise reduction for an exceptional comfort while cruising or at anchor.

Arcadia 85 superyacht hull is built in gel coat and reinforced fiberglass with vinylester resin for the three external layers. Sides are built in PVC sandwich with fiberglass. This particular structure makes an Arcadia yacht considerably light and durable for its size.  The advanced semi-planing hull which allows efficient performances together with the very light superstructure in aluminum significantly reduces weight and fuel consumption and related running costs of its low-power engines.

Luxury superyacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8)

Luxury superyacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8)

The 25.90 metre (84.95ft) luxury yacht Arcadia 85 has a full load displacement of 67 tons. She is powered by twin MAN diesels R6-730hp each, giving her the maximum speed of 18.5 knots and she can comfortably cruise at the speed of 16.5 knots, as well as 12.0 knots.

Her range is approximately 850NM @12.0 knots.

Aboard superyacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8)

Aboard superyacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8)

Arcadia 85 US version “bullet points”

Compared to the MED version, here are some changes on the US version of ARCADIA 85 Yacht:

Technical aspects

• Generators enhanced to support more powerful air conditioning

• Powered Air conditioning system

• Insulation increased to improve the onboard comfort according to warmer and more humide climate

• The electrical system conforms to US standards

Design / Layout Aspects

• Interiors and exteriors solutions adapted to the needs of the US market

• Open-spaced galley (Schiffini design) to the dining area of main salon as special request from the US market

• Vip cabin with dressing area

• Washing machine/dryer cabinet located in the guest cabins corridor

Super yacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8) - Main Saloon - Dining Table

Super yacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8) - Main Saloon - Dining Table

Arcadia 85 yacht is designed to be a family yacht, which combines different exterior functions in one single deck, giving guests more possibility to spend time together. While interiors profit by the advanced aesthetic sensation of “open space” and closer contact with nature thanks to the the full “floor-to-ceiling” windows.

Yacht has four guest cabins at the lower deck, including the spectacular owner’s cabin amidship. The room is unusually large with a stunningly beautiful en suite head. The large VIP cabin forward is fitted with double bed and dressing. And there are also two more twin cabins. The bow of the yacht offers space for 4 of crew, which can be accessed through the wheel-house. Yacht assured a remarkable space has been assigned to the crew and technical areas, including the tender garage where a 4+ meter tender and 2 seater Jet Ski can easily be stored.

Super yacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8) - Wheelhouse

Super yacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8) - Wheelhouse

Arcadia 85 yacht main saloon is more intimate and provides space for up to 8 guests. However, the aft deck being well protected against the elements, gives a larger possibility to guest to spend most of the time there, instead of inside. The interior of the yacht features modern furniture by well-known best of “made in Italy” design brands, such as Poltrone Frau, Cassina and Schiffini. Almost all the interiors are composed of loose pieces of furniture, thus giving the option of modular layouts. In the US version, Arcadia 85 has an open-spaced galley to the dining area. Acces to the wheelhouse is on the left side.

Luxury yacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8) - Main Saloon

Luxury yacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8) - Main Saloon

With Arcadia 85 US edition yacht, arrives in US as well, a new way to experience the sea, with innovation and ethical values. Because sailing is a privilege that should be experienced without ostentations, rushing or any kind of waste. To enjoy the sea whilst respecting Nature and the economic value of every single action. A real commitment made of style and substance. A project that has become a new point of reference for the market sector in just a few years. This is the yard’s “ecological dream”, which takes place in three different key steps: starting from the ECOTHINK philosophy to ECOTECH innovations, up to a new onboard experience, ECOLIVING.

Luxury yacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8) - Master Cabin

Luxury yacht Arcadia 85 US Edition (hull #8) - Master Cabin

Below is a choice of the superb charter yachts built by Arcadia Yachts.

Trio of new Solar Hybrid Multi-Hull Superyachts introduced by Eramotive

October 24, 2014

Miami-based design studio, Eramotive, is delighted to introduce a trio of new Solar Hybrid Multi-Hull Superyachts: the Iris Series. These three striking luxury yachts are offered in lengths of 45  meters over three decks, 75 meters over five decks, and 125 meters over seven decks.

The Iris Series by Eramotive

The Iris Series by Eramotive

The elliptical shape was chosen for its timeless appeal, as well as its allowance for much more voluminous interior spaces. This opens a vast range of customizable interior possibilities for each individual owner. From a private leisure yacht to a vessel for scientific expeditions, a floating convention center, an entertainment venue or even as a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel.

125m Iris Series mega yacht by Eramotive

125m Iris Series mega yacht by Eramotive

The exterior surface areas were kept in mind to allow maximum coverage using Photo-voltaic panels, while maintaining wide angle views from within. The Photo-voltaic panels wrapping the exterior are also revealed as retractable roof enclosures on the top three decks, that make it possible to maintain zero carbon cruising at a speed of 10 knots.

125m Iris Series superyacht - Heli closed

125m Iris Series superyacht - Heli closed

125m Iris Series Yacht - Heli open

125m Iris Series Yacht - Heli open

The helipad on the 125m mega yacht has a retractable enclosure as well, allowing the space to be easily converted into a recreational area for all types of climates. The Iris Series is offered in full or semi Photo-voltaic coverage.

125m Iris Series Yacht - Front Deck

125m Iris Series Yacht - Front Deck

A hydroponic garden an even be added for true self-sufficiency at sea. An open layout two-tiered Salon, VIP suites with saunas, multiple pools, an art gallery, cinema, grand library, tender garage with bamboo drop doors and area for showcasing up to nine collector cars are also among the many possibilities available.

125m Iris Series superyacht - Solar Panels

125m Iris Series superyacht - Solar Panels

The 45 meter superyacht features an array of sliding glass panels on both sides of the structure which open the interior and fully expose an outside deck. The decks seamlessly retract at 1,8m meter length thus harmoniously merging the inside and outside spaces into one.

75m Iris Series Yacht - side view

75m Iris Series Yacht - side view

75m Iris Series Yacht from above

75m Iris Series Yacht from above

The Iris Series is designed to change your perception of what a yacht can be, whether you are looking at it from the outside or from within.

Below are two videos from Eramotive presenting the new Iris Solar Hybrid Multi-Hull Superyacht Series: