Arcona Yachts reveals new flagship model

Swedish boatbuilder Arcona has unveiled the new flagship Arcona 50, its first yacht designed by Jeppesen & Pons.

The Arcona 50 is a 50ft offshore performance yacht, said to have ocean-ready sailing performance, superb ease of use when sailed shorthanded, and a luxurious level of cruising comfort.

Arcona Yachts started a new design collaboration with Niels Jeppesen, founder and the former principal designer of X-Yachts, in November 2021, alongside naval architect and yacht designer, Ariadna Pons.

As a first for Arcona, the model has twin rudders, with aluminium rudder stocks, as standard. Watertight composite bulkheads separate the accommodation from both the bow sail locker and the dinghy garage – another first for the brand.

Also new to Arcona are the L-shaped cockpit benches and the two cockpit tables, which enable guests and crew to move around the cockpit more easily under sail.

As seen in superyachts, but new to Arcona, the woodwork is cored, which the company says maximises weight-saving without compromising on aesthetics.

The Arcona 50 has twin wheels as standard, and the cockpit layout and the sail handling systems are set up for shorthanded sailing and ease of use.

The new flagship has a three-spreader mast with discontinuous rod rigging plus double hydraulic backstay cylinders with a central pump station. A carbon mast and furling carbon boom are available as an upgrade.

The standard central padeye holding the single mainsheet block is recessed below the cockpit floor. An electrically operated mainsheet traveller track, also recessed below the cockpit floor, is available as an upgrade.

Below deck, the galley has an island for easy access to the L-shaped saloon and the saloon table has an additional seat that can be moved and locked into position. The owners’ cabin forward is large and airy, and the two aft cabins are available in a double or a convertible twin configuration.

“This new flagship marks a step-change for Arcona with the exciting design collaboration, our largest model to date and some superb new design features,” says Arcona Yachts’ CEO, Urban Lagnéus. “Designed to race in comfort and cruise with speed, we believe an Arcona yacht should be able to be sailed and managed shorthanded.

“We are as much sailors as yacht builders. The combination of the design expertise from Jeppesen & Pons, the high standards of our Swedish craftsmanship and build quality together with our sailing knowledge, is the ideal recipe for a yacht that sails beautifully. We have already had strong interest from existing and new customers about this new model. Put simply, we want to build a boat that both we and the owner will be proud of.”

The first Arcona 50 build starts in September 2022, and the first five boats are planned for launch in 2023.