Arcadia Yachts has celebrated its tenth anniversary with the world debut of the new Sherpa XL at the 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival. The yacht has 220 square metres of space, with exteriors and interiors designed in cooperation with the Milan-based Hot Lab design studio.
The new Sherpa XL features solar panels that allow to reduce generator use when at anchor to the large, thermally insulated windows and a high-efficiency semi-planing hull which allows to considerably reduce fuel consumption.
The full-height windows, the side openings and the glass panels (which can be lowered and raised like car windows) generate spaces, efficiently using every inch of the vessel’s 24-metre overall length and (especially) the approx. 7-metre beam.
The bow decks are staggered, so there is one central staircase with reduced height differences. The cockpit is connected to the stern platform by a short set of scenic steps. These steps create an interlocking pattern between the narrow topside and the low volume that supports the sundeck. This large space is nearly 65 square metres in size.
“The new Sherpa XL is an important step forwards in Arcadia’s development,” explains Salvatore D’Ambrosi, the shipyard’s Plant Manager.
“Considerable attention (in terms of design and testing) was focused on the new side garage system, which is one of a kind in the 85-90ft segment. It provides clean profiles and allows guests to use the entire yacht at all times.”
Many technical innovations are in the hull and propulsion system, which were studied jointly to optimise performance in terms of comfort and consumption. The yacht is able to reach 23 knots top speed, consuming approximately 6,5 l/nm at 12 knots (with the IPS-1.350 propulsion system). The estimated range rises to over 1,400 nautical miles at a speed of 10 knots.
To reduce its environmental impact to a minimum by using renewable energy, the Sherpa XL is equipped with solar panels that ensure 3 kW of clean energy.
“The debut of the Sherpa XL is a very exciting moment for Arcadia Yachts,” concludes Ugo Pellegrino. “Today, with ten years’ ‘experience’, we can proceed with the natural evolution of our philosophy, reaching an increasingly larger audience that has understood the idea and the people who make up Arcadia Yachts ”.