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Arcona 465

2017 April 12

This carbon fiber cruiser contains a bevy of performance features

The new Arcona 465 is built in Sweden and designed by Arcona’s head designer Stefan Quiberg. I like pretty much everything about this boat. The target was a high-performance racer/cruiser optimized for both comfort and performance. To my eye it looks like the company has hit the bullseye.

The look is quite contemporary with a dead straight sheer and truncated ends with enough overhang aft to keep from dragging the transom. I realize that in a two-dimensional profile the straight sheerline is a bit brutal, but consider that with any angle of heel that sheer will begin to show a gentle sweep due to the plan form shape of the deck. In fact, in the real world, it would be very hard to find a perspective where the sheer will appear straight. The D/L is low at 124, helped by a carbon fiber, cored laminate hull construction. The draft is 8 feet 1 inch with a T-configured fin and bulb. I don’t see any surprises in the hull form other than the absence of the fashionable chines we see so often today.

The interior layout is practical for three couples. There are twin quarterberth cabins with large double berths. There is an aft head. The galley features countertop space to each side of the range and the sink. You can’t ask for more than that. But the refrigerator looks small and outboard, if I am reading the drawing correctly, so access could be awkward. The main cabin has a large dinette to port with a centerline bench seat. There are reading chairs to starboard. Aft of the chairs is a well-laid-out navigation station. Hull deadlights help let in light to the main cabin. The forward owner’s cabin is spacious with a head with shower stall and a huge double berth. You would need custom sheets for that berth.

I like this deck layout. The side decks are very generous at a time when side decks seem to be shrinking. I don’t think side decks can ever be too wide. There are long bench seats in the cockpit with twin wheels aft. The mainsheet traveler is directly forward of the wheels. There is a centerline drop-leaf table in the cockpit. The cockpit dodger lowers into a recess so it is virtually invisible when it’s down.


The rig is big and an immediate tip off to the fact that this boat will compete well. The SA/D is 30.82 and that is very healthy for any cruising boat. Spreaders are swept 19 degrees with chainplates at the rail which is usual today. Note that the leech of the mainsail overlaps the backstay by about 4 inches. That’s probably not enough for the backstay to catch the leech when you tack.

This is a boat that will satisfy the most demanding sailor looking to add some comfort to his sailing.

LOA 46’1”; LWL 43’6”; Beam 13’11”; Draft 8’1”; Displ. 21,054 lbs.; Ballast 8,378 lbs.; Sail area 1,463 sq. ft.; Auxiliary Yanmar 80-hp.; SA/D 30.82; D/L 124; L/B 3.31; Fuel capacity 63 gal.; Water capacity 90 gal.

Our best estimate of the sailaway price $570,000

Gunnar’s Yacht & Ship

P.O. Box 215

Oak Creek, WI 53154