Pocket rocket

Compact, yet roomy, the Sherpa model from Arcadia Yachts gained momentum over 2016, with a host of awards and sales in the US and Europe.

Photography by Arcadia Yachts

05 February 2017


After a successful debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September, Arcadia Yachts went on to win The World Yachts Trophies 2016 in the category “Most Innovative Yacht” from 50 to 80 feet, and the Boat of the Year 2016 in the motor yacht category.

The Italian shipyard unveiled Sherpa at Boot Dusseldorf in January, and sold four units in the subsequent months – three in Europe and one in the United States.

Sherpa, with its futuristic design, has an overall length of 17.70-metres and a beam of 5.60-metres. Its aft cockpit to designed to give guests room to spread out and entertain. Despite its compact size, the Sherpa retains key features of bigger yachts available in the yard’s range such as, internal/external areas and volumes, high-performance efficient hull and minimalist and neat interior.

The efficient length/width ratio given by the NPL hull, developed in partnership with Volvo Penta, is one of the factors that contribute to the volumes of the yacht. The new model is part of the recent extension of Arcadia Yachts’ GRP range which includes Arcadia 85, Arcadia 85S, Arcadia 100 and Arcadia 115.

Ugo Pellegrino, President of Arcadia Yachts remarked “Sherpa is a ‘small/large yacht’ with a futuristic design that missing in the array of products offered in the yachting arena”.


A smart and compact boat, which, thanks to her characteristics in relation to her size, might appeal fans of the big over-powered day-cruiser. Sherpa represents an alternative solution for those who prefer the tranquility of cruising at 18 to 20 knots, while having their guests enjoy the luxury of a large convivial outdoor area.”

Sherpa’s unique attributes are also seen in her ‘green credentials’: solar panels, low fuel consumption and grey water treatment. The solar panels on the bow and mid-ship decks of the yacht contribute to its characteristic look. The 3.5kw solar panels can produce around 5,000 kWhs annually depending on the sunshine in the region she is cruising in, and dramatically reduce the yacht’s environmental impact. The Hamman grey water treatment system is one of the best in the world, with clean treatment technology run by a fully automatic operation that requires minimal crew attention.

Other Sherpa features include additional storage spaces, an open or saloon superstructure option, a flexible layout, a 41-square-metre stern cockpit, a convertible Sport flying-bridge “easy-to-close” upper deck area with automatic up/down window system, 4KW of solar panel energy, waste water treatment system and eco antifouling. At full displacement, she can go up to 12 knots, with a consumption of approximately 43 Litres per hour.

Guida Design was responsible for the design and naval architecture, in collaboration with the technical department of Arcadia Yachts.



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