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The 55-foot Sherpa illustrates Arcadia Yacht's vision to be a think-different builder.

February 25, 2016
Arcadia Yacht's Sherpa

Arcadia Yacht’s Sherpa

Arcadia Yachts’ Sherpa is built to be both highly customizable and as eco-friendly as possible. Courtesy Arcadia Yachts

When I stood on the aft deck of the Arcadia Yachts’ 85 last fall and heard the builder’s executive team talk about this new vessel called the Sherpa , I couldn’t help but admire them. Here was a group of lifelong yachtbuilders dreaming up and constructing a truly different type of craft. This is a yacht that is varied in style and function.

This latter point is driven home by the 55-foot Sherpa’s double-paneled solar cells. These cells generate 3.5 kW of power, enough juice to run the yacht’s electronics, A/V system, refrigeration, lights, heads and more.

Arcadia Yacht's Sherpa

Arcadia Yacht’s Sherpa

On the upper-deck helm station you can lower those retractable windows to enjoy the fresh, salt air or, in the event of inclement weather, the space can be buttoned up to keep everyone warm and dry. Courtesy Arcadia Yachts

Other features include a pollutant-reducing wastewater-treatment setup and an optional hybrid propulsion system that allows the yacht to cruise at 8 knots with zero emissions.

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Even without a hybrid power system the Sherpa’s semidisplacement, solid fiberglass hull form is designed for optimal efficiency.

Sherpa Arcadia Yachts

Arcadia Yacht’s Sherpa

This yacht has about 441 square feet of cockpit area, to be precise. And how it’s laid out is up to you. Courtesy Arcadia Yachts

Twin 435 hp Volvo Penta IPS600 diesels are said to push the Sherpa along at a 20-knot cruising speed, with a 25-knot top end. At cruise, the engines reportedly burn about 25 gph. Reducing speed to 12 knots takes that burn down to around 11 gph, offering a range of 466 nautical miles.

This yacht has varied layout options too. She can be configured with as few as one stateroom or as many as three.

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Sherpa Arcadia Yachts

Arcadia Yacht’s Sherpa

The Sherpa has a 55 feet LOA with a top speed of 25 knots. Courtesy Arcadia Yachts

In the one-stateroom setup, the master takes advantage of the yacht’s 18-foot beam, creating a large suite. It features a walk-in closet, full-beam head and modular lounge area. The suite has sliding panels that can section off or open up the space within the stateroom.

Sherpa Arcadia Yachts

Arcadia Yacht’s Sherpa

A view of the master stateroom from the en suite head. Courtesy Arcadia Yachts

For the voyaging couple traveling with friends, the two-stateroom version offers a guest space with side-by-side berths. A large cruising family might want three staterooms, with a forepeak master and two rooms with side-by-side berths abaft and to port and starboard. You also have choices when it comes to the massive cockpit area. Day boaters or weekenders can leave it completely open and select whatever furniture that suits their needs, from several large sun pads to a formal dining table, chairs and bench seating. Enclosing the space creates a more traditional salon.

Sherpa Arcadia Yachts

Arcadia Yacht’s Sherpa

In the single-stateroom layout, the owner’s head spans full beam and includes this large shower. Courtesy Arcadia Yachts

The Sherpa is the entry into Arcadia’s fiberglass yacht line, which runs up to 115 feet length overall. There are plans to develop models in steel and aluminum from 145 to 180 feet. And whether the yacht is small or large, Arcadia will always build on innovation and originality.

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Sherpa Arcadia Yachts

Arcadia Yacht’s Sherpa

The Sherpa has 140 square feet of tender garage area to stow all those must-have water toys. Courtesy Arcadia Yachts
Sherpa Arcadia Yachts

Arcadia Yacht’s Sherpa

A solar-panel array helps supply power on board, in turn reducing load on the 9 kW generator. Courtesy Arcadia Yachts

UPDATE: The Sherpa made its world debut at the boot Düsseldorf boat show earlier this year.

One of the most innovative yachts of the boot Düsseldorf – the Arcadia Sherpa #Arcadia #Sherpa #ArcadiaSherpa #ArcadiaYachts #Yachts #bootDüsseldorf #bootDusseldorf #Düsseldorf #Yachting #Superyachts #Yachten #exploreryacht #expeditionyacht #boot2016 @arcadiayachts picture credit: Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

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