A NEW SPIN
XTony Castro, of the eponymous design firm in Southampton, England, notes that he and his team of “young heads and older ones” spend most of their time trying to create new features for their designs. That may sound simple on the face of it, but when you look at the results you understand better—new ground is being broken here. Take for example the sleek Galeon 500 Fly, a motoryacht from a Polish builder that, thanks to Castro’s sensibilities, makes the most of her cockpit with foldout side decks and a lazy-susan-style rotating transom settee arrangement. But Castro cautions that respecting the sea and what it can throw at you has to play a role. Designs must be realistic and “work” at sea.
When I saw Francesco Guida’s design for the Arcadia 85 for the first time, late in the day at a sweltering Florida boat show, I admit I was running on fumes. Then the total comfort offered by the shaded afterdeck swept over me—it felt like a pool deck at an alfresco club, late in the day. Entering the saloon, I was met with a vaulted overhead of tinted glass, checkered with small, square solar panels that produced a sun-dappled space. The whole effect took things up a notch. If you have your first Arcadia encounter with the Sherpa, a 55-footer with a similar afterdeck treatment, you will realize that Guida and his team are willing to throw out all preconceptions to get the effect they’re after. If you don’t believe it, simply consider the Sherpa’s helm position, easily within 10 feet of her bow.