Toasting 10

Celebrating 10 years of innovation, Arcadia Yachts will present the new Sherpa XL at the 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival.

29 August 2019


It has been 10 years since the first A85 was presented to the public, marking the introduction of new concept of yacht.

During that decade, Arcadia Yachts has gained a starring role on the stage of international yachting, delivering about 30 vessels and always placing owners and their needs at the heart of every project.

Arcadia Yachts is preparing to celebrate its tenth anniversary with the world debut of the new SHERPA XL at 2019 the Cannes Yachting Festival, 10 to 15 September, confirming the innovative role of the Italian shipyard with features typical of the 85 to 90 feet segment.

From solar panels that allow to reduce generator use when at anchor to the large, thermally insulated windows and the high-efficiency semi-planing hull (which allows to considerably reduce fuel consumption), everything aboard Arcadia Yachts is designed to provide a unique experience of life at sea in close contact with the surrounding environment.

Arcadia Yachts is still continuing to invest in research and development so that it can always be a leader in the creation of yachts in which sustainability, design, conviviality, safety and ease-of-use are balanced to perfection.


The concept of the Sherpa XL, developed with the Milan-based Hot Lab design studio (which had previously worked with Arcadia Yachts on the interiors of the A105) develops around the arrangement of the decks. The bow decks are staggered, so there is one central staircase with reduced height differences.

This unusual layout has permitted to achieve large spaces in a limited height, arranging volumes in unusual ways.

The open areas on every Arcadia vessel allow it to become fully part of the marine environment, while the larger than mainstream players aft-decks unite the yacht and the sea, as if the sea itself were a natural extension of the yacht.

The full-height windows, the side openings and the innovative glass panels (which can be lowered and raised like car windows) generate spaces in which the threshold between inside and outside becomes imperceptible, while closed spaces dissolve and are absorbed by the surrounding natural environment.

In Arcadia Yachts, the natural environment is more than just celebrated – it is also, and perhaps most importantly, respected. The large openings limit the use of air conditioning thanks to pleasant sea breezes that can freely blow through the yacht.

The solar panels integrated in the top of the yacht reduce generator use, which also allows to better appreciate natural sounds when at anchor. The use of cutting-edge glass panels with considerable thermal insulation bears witness to the shipyard’s commitment to maintaining its environmental principles.

The spaces inside the new Sherpa XL efficiently use every inch of the vessel’s 24-metre overall length and (especially) the approx. 7-metre beam, which is greater than the average 6.4 metre beam of yachts in the 85-90 feet category available on the market. This means that the overall living area is 220-square metres inside and outside thanks to the side garage solution.

The strong interaction with the surrounding environment can also be seen in the design of the interiors, which are characterised by sophisticated furniture set in a dry, essential style, with simple geometries that maximise volumes. The available space is used to its full extent and offers the greatest possible comfort when living aboard.

Different owners have different needs, so the Sherpa XL has been designed in a three or four cabin version. In the first, an enclosed galley is in the skylounge, whereas in the three-cabin version it is in the lower deck.

In both versions, great care has been given to ensuring an efficient onboard service that is also discreet, by separating the guest areas from the crew service quarters. There are special pathways reserved for the crew (up to three members), ensuring levels of privacy typically found on larger yachts.

The master cabin is over 22 square metres in size and merges seamlessly with the bathroom.

There are no partitions, so Owners can enjoy a space with a domestic touch – large, open and full of light in particular thanks to panoramic windows in the hull. The VIP cabin in the bow follows the same principle and succeeds in expanding the perceived space in an almost theatrical manner.

The main standard engines are a pair of Volvo Penta IPS 1050 (but more powerful engines can be installed, up to two IPS 1350, as in this first vessel currently under construction). The yacht can reach a top speed expected between 18 and 20 knots. It has a considerable estimated range – cruising at 12 knots, the yacht can go over 1,000 nautical miles, using approximately 30% less fuel compared to other vessels in this category and in the 85-90 segment. The estimated range rises to over 1,500 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 (Arcadia’s trademark) that ensure 3 kW of clean energy (enough to power the main services on board), as well as low consumption devices and LED lighting.



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