At this year’s International Cannes Boat Show, Italian yard Arcadia Yachts has launched its forward thinking design yacht Arcadia Sherpa, that boasts an extraordinary flexibility and potential load capacity. The yacht won a title of “Most Innovative Yacht” in the 50 to 80 foot category for 2016, for being able to utilize only the very best technology and modern design elements to reduce consumption and lessen the environmental impact often associated with seafaring yachts and large boats. The Sherpa is constructed with lightweight materials to enhance fuel efficiency, and the solar panels that are built into the superstructure power most of the onboard systems.
Arcadia Sherpa has an overall length of 17,70m with a width/beam of 5,60m and due to those figures she is often compared to much larger boats (65 ft). Exceptionally spacious, she is an ideal vessel for the most diverse uses: fishing, water toys, equipment transportation or diving, to name the few. Depending on her layout (open deck and salon deck) and furnishings, the Sherpa can serve as a superyacht’s shadow boat, a support vessel for an oceanfront villa or an ultimate party venue.
An open deck is perfect to transport gear and other utilitarian purposes while a saloon deck comes with a glass-enclosed living space on the main deck. The below-deck area can be configured with one, two, or three cabins, and the glass-enclosed upper deck includes the bridge, galley, and dining area. The yacht features a new concept in Sport flying-bridges: the “Easy-to-close” flying-bridge that converts into a closed deck, completely protected by side windows that can be raised and lowered electrically, just as in automobiles.
The Arcadia Sherpa is fitted with Volvo Penta IPS 600 engines, has a top speed of about 25 knots, with a cruising speed of 20 knots. At 20 knots, fuel consumption is apx. 97 liters per hour, and at 12 knots (top displacement speed), this decreases to about 43 liters per hour. Volvo IPS propulsion guarantees proven maneuverability and outstanding silence. Cruising range is also favored by low generator usage thanks to the 3.5KW of electrical energy supplied by the solar panels that cover almost the entire superstructure.