The new entry level motoryacht from the Italian shipyard Arcadia Yachts will be on display and available for sea trials during the upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival 2016. The event opens from 6-11 September.

Solar cells of latest generation are integrated between the external and internal surfaces of double-glazed panels fitted on top of the largest part of the superstructureArcadia Yachts has announced that its new entry level Sherpa will be officially on display and available for sea trials during the upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival 2016. The event opens from 6-11 September. In addition, the Italian shipyard will unveil plans for a new line of full-displacement steel/aluminium yachts ranging from 41m up to 45.7m (135ft up to 150ft).

The production of this 16.8m motoryacht is part of the recent extension of Arcadia Yachts’ GRP range. Together with the Arcadia 100 (currently under construction), the yard’s GRP family line comprises Sherpa Arcadia 85, Arcadia 85S, Arcadia 100, and Arcadia 115. All models are built using dedicated moulds, the yard explains.

Arcadia says that one of the primary objectives of Arcadia Sherpa was to obtain the maximum in layout flexibility. The yard offers a series of configurations according to different needs including day cruiser, shadow boat, support vessel for seafront villas or superyachts and mini yacht, to name a few.

An open boat version with main deck free of furniture can be configured as support vessel for superyachts.

For the superstructure the yard offers the option for an open or salon deck. The design of Sherpa also allows for interior layouts with one, two or three cabin.

Another distinctive feature on the Arcadia Sherpa is the yard’s “Easy-to-close” flying-bridge, which converts into a closed deck completely protected by side windows that can be raised and lowered, just as in automobiles.

Cruising performance

The new Arcadia Sherpa features a high performance semi-displacement NPL hull. She is equipped with Volvo Penta IPS 600 engines providing a top speed of about 25 knots and cruising speed of 20 knots.

The yard says that sailing at 20 knots fuel consumption is around 97lt/h and at 12 knots, which is the top displacement speed, fuel consumption drops to about 43lt/h.

Arcadia Yachts also claims that cruising range is favoured by low generator usage thanks to the 4KW of electrical energy supplied by the solar panels that cover almost the entire superstructure.

Solar cells of latest generation are integrated between the external and internal surfaces of double-glazed panels fitted on top of the largest part of the superstructure.

The system supplies enough power (4KW) to run the onboard equipment and electrical systems refrigerators, water circulation, toilettes, lights, Audio/Video, electronics, recharging batteries.

Each double glazed panel contains Krypton, a special gas named which guarantees a high insulation coefficient, between 18° and 24° of thermal cooling between interior and exterior temperatures, the equivalent of a 20cm brick wall.

Headquartered in Naples, Arcadia Yachts operates a 36,000sq m production facility. The shipyard produces a series of fibreglass yachts ranging from 16.6m to 35m (55ft to 115ft).