Italy-based Arcadia Yachts has announced the sale of the 12th unit of its first-ever model, the A85, to a British client.

The achievement is particularly significant, says the company, as it means that the A85 continues to sell at a rate of two a year since the model was first unveiled seven years ago. Almost all have been sold to owners from outside Italy and, with hull number 12, delivery time was cut to just over four months from the order date.

The linear design of the A85’s superstructure and vertical line of the bow, says Arcadia, ensures that optimal use is made of every single inch of available space – both interior and exterior. The living area, for instance, is said to be significantly larger than yachts of the same size, with 100sq m of communal space on the main deck alone.

The A85’s main saloon has a large eight-seater table in its bow area so that diners can be served directly from the galley via a sliding hatch, and a bright winter garden leads into a spacious aft-deck lounge, where the cockpit includes a second table ideal for al fresco lunches and suppers. There is also a large sunning area for owners and guests.

There are four cabins on the lower deck, the most notable of which is the master amidships. This 32sq m space includes an unparalleled bathroom with its own large wellness area. The spacious VIP cabin, complete with double bed and walk-in closet, lies forward. There are also two twin guest cabins. The quarters for the four crew are in the bow section.

One of the A85’s great strengths is its extremely efficient fuel consumption, which is said to be 30-50% lower than semi-displacement yachts of comparable dimensions. These results come thanks to the yacht’s semi-planing hull which was developed by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in the UK.

The A85 has twin 730hp MAN diesel engines for a maximum speed of 18kt and a cruising speed of 16kt. Over 40sq m of solar panels have also been integrated into the A85’s superstructure, yielding around 4.5kW of power.