Friday, May 20

Sherpa Launches New 80 XL Light-Filled Cruiser

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Arcadia Yachts, the creative Italian builder, is going to display its latest Sherpa 80 XL at the Venice boat show, starting on May 28. The company calls the new Sherpa “a pocket mega-yacht,” and it’s certainly a uniquely designed cruiser with light-filled spaces on all three decks.

Powered by twin 880-hp Volvo IPS1050 pod drives, the Sherpa 80 XL has a cruising speed of 18 knots and a top speed of 20 knots. It also has a range of more than 1,000 nm at 12 knots.

The yacht is marked by its open outdoor spaces, extensive glazed surfaces, and a convertible Sky Lounge with windows that can be raised or lowered to create an open or covered deck area. The second helm station, as well as a sun lounge and dining area, is up there.

The open aft deck, the social center of the yacht, also is remarkable, for its generous size. The swim platform is large enough to serve as a small dance floor, while the aft deck has aft-facing sun lounges so everyone can see the action there.

The aft deck also has a dining area that seats eight, while a TV pops up from the console separating the lounging space from the dining space to create a private outdoor cinema. You can deploy glass panels form the superstructure to serve as wind breaks to make the aft deck comfortable if the weather changes.

Below, the yacht comes with either three or four cabins, plus one for the crew. They all have en suite heads. The master stateroom is full beam amidships, with panoramic windows that stretch down to the waterline. The VIP cabin is in the bow, and two guest cabins, each with twin beds, is a bit aft.

The new Sherpa has a garage in the side, instead of the stern, so that guests can enjoy the aft swim platform. It’s large enough for a 13-foot tender. Its location also serves as a noise separation zone between the engine room and the master stateroom.

Specs.: LOA: 80’9”; Beam: 22’ 11”; Draft: 4’9”; Disp.: 71 tons; Fuel: 1,915 gals.; Water: 435 gals.; Power: 2×880-hp Volvo IPS1050 pod drives. Read more at and see the video below:



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