The first yacht to feature a superstructure of glass fused with solar panels is a radical departure from traditional boats both in terms of design and concept. Envisioned as a vessel to pioneer an ethical approach to the environment while at sea, the Arcadia 85 uses the energy of the sun to power 25% of all on-board services, including refrigeration, lighting and pumping. As well as this, a hybrid engine uses only 30 litres of fuel (organic, natch) an hour when travelling at 9 knots, the lowest emission of any yacht in its class. Following the sun for reasons other than a tan also means that the yacht can travel in near silence, in stark contrast to the noisy generators of unabashed gas-guzzlers.

Onboard the Arcadia 85, it is no coincidence that pioneering technology is coupled with a radical new design language. Maximising the surface area of solar panels, the main deck is unusually boxy and features an elongated superstructure that stretches almost its entire 85’ length. While on the exterior this design does not result in not the most aesthetically pleasing proportions, inside has the advantage of vast spaces bathed in light. So spacious is the volume of the main deck that it is decorated with full size furniture from Poltrona Frau and Schiffini (most yachts require custom designed furniture to fit smaller rooms). Yet more airy spaces are found below deck where there is comfortable accommodation for eight.

First revealed at the Düsseldorf Boat Show in 2010, the first Arcadia 85 is now available to charter and takes its environmentally friendliness even further. Onboard Solar, which is for rent through Edmiston & Co, not only are accessories such as bathroom and beauty products certified as organic, but the chef only uses organic produce in the galley. Of course, the yacht is in no way carbon neutral but instead provides a glimpse of the future of life at sea: environmentally friendly yachts that will dictate a new form of naval architecture.