Arcadia Yachts just launched its second Sherpa XL, a creative cruiser with lots of light-filled spaces on all three decks. The Italian builder worked with Hot Lab, the Milan-based design studio, to create a new look for the new 79-foot yacht.
Ugo Pellegrino, the sole director of Arcadia, says the new Sherpa “is perfect not just for owners who want to use it for day cruising with all the guests they desire, but also for people who want to experience a long cruise with very high levels of service, embracing the ‘slow yachting’ philosophy that Arcadia itself introduced ten years ago.”
With its semi-displacement hull and Volvo IPS pod drives, the Sherpa XL is efficient throughout the speed range. It has a top speed of 23 knots with optional 1,000-hp IPS1350s, and a range of 1,000 nm at 12 knots. Standard power comes from twin 880-hp Volvo IPS1050s.
The new XL features a massive aft deck, protected by the sky lounge above. It has a large settee/lounge all the way aft, and then a seating area with three more lounges. Moving forward, and protected by massive side windows, an outdoor dining table can seat eight to ten people for al fresco meals.
The open-plan salon has full-height windows with innovative panels that can be raised and lowered like the side windows in a car. The galley, in this second Sherpa, is closed for privacy.
Below, the Sherpa can be ordered with three or four cabins. The master is midships and full-beam, with panoramic windows that extend down to the water line. The VIP stateroom in the bow also has large windows, as do the two guest cabins (in the four-cabin version); they each have twin beds. All the staterooms have en suite heads. A crew cabin now has a separate shower.
The garage is in the side of the boat, and is large enough to hold a 13-foot tender. The side location means that guests can enjoy the swim platform aft when the boat is at anchor; it also creates a noise separation zone between the engine room and the master stateroom.
Up top, you can touch a button and raise or lower the windows in the sky lounge. It is filled with settees and lounging areas, as well as another dining area and the helm station.
Specs.: LOA: 78’8”; Beam: 22’11”; Draft: 4’9”; Disp.: 156,000 lbs.; Fuel: 1,915 gals.; Water: 435 gals.; Power: 2×880-hp Volvo Penta IPS1050 pod drives. Read more: