[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he new SHERPA XL is at her debut at the 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival, celebrating ten years in which Arcadia Yachts has successfully established a new concept of yacht. It has been ten years since the first A85 was presented to the public, marking the introduction of new concept of yacht: Arcadia Yachts has delivered about 30 vessels so far and celebrates its 10th anniversary with the world debut of the new SHERPA XL, confirming the innovative role of the Italian shipyard with features typical of the 85-90 feet segment.
“Arcadia Yachts introduced itself with a concept of motoryacht that stood out from the crowd,” declares Ugo Pellegrino, Sole Director of the Italian shipyard. “It was not just the design and the layout of the interiors, there were also a number of solutions that allow guests to enjoy yachting in a different way, closer to the surrounding element, the sea, nature. The brand’s aim was (and is) a different life style that is more wellness-oriented. A quiet yacht, where there is no need to hold onto something to stand when sailing, a yacht that does not vibrate and on which people can relax on a sofa and enjoy the view… Ten years ago we believed in and worked on a different approach to yachting, in which hurrying should not be a constant. More people have become aware of this, which inevitably leads to saving lots of fuel and, therefore (consciously or otherwise), to considerably reducing the environmental impact.”
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.
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 concept of the SHERPA XL, developed with the Milan-based Hot Lab design studio, 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 trait d’union between interiors and exteriors, which highlights the relationship with the sea and the surrounding environment, is definitely the skylounge (35 sq.m.), where, thanks to the fully up&down windows, simply touching a button is enough to directly enjoy the sea breeze – the best air conditioning you could wish for.