25. August 2017
Arcadia Yachts Sherpa is an award winning solar-powered boat
SHERPA is a “forward thinking design yacht” with an overall length of 17,70m and a width/beam of 5,60m, even more marked by the concept of „open space“ of the aft cockpit to which Arcadia has accustomed us since its debut. A compact size able to confirm all of the key factors of bigger yachts available in the range of the yard (internal/external areas and volumes, high-performance efficient hull, minimalist and neat interiors). SHERPA can be perfectly compared to much larger boats (65 ft) for her LWL (16,10m) and beam (5,60m). The efficient length/width ratio given by the specific NPL hull is another factor that contributes to the unbelievable volumes of the yacht, and, at the same time, it’s certainly a winning factor for potential customers oriented towards yachts of this size. As usual, Guida Design has been responsible for the design and naval architecture of this innovative model, in collaboration with the technical department of Arcadia Yachts. SHERPA is the natural evolution of Arcadia fleet towards reduced size boats. This amazing small yacht manages to keep integral in only 58 feet the vision and features that make each Arcadia yacht different from the rest of its competitors, having also given to the volumes on board a new concept of distribution, aimed at putting forth areas more used by guests, such as the stern cockpit, the living area, and cabins.
The latest generation of solar cells are integrated between the outer surface and the inner one of double-glazing units, within which the covering panels are mounted on most of the superstructure. This advanced and environmental-friendly system provides enough energy (4kW) to power many equipment and on-board systems- such as refrigerators, water circulation, toilets, lights, A/V, electronic instruments- and to recharge batteries. Each panel contains a special gas called Krypton, which guarantees a high thermo-insulating coefficient, up to 18° of thermal cooling between inside and outside temperatures, the equivalent of a brick wall of about 20 cm.
Images: Courtesy of Arcadia Yachts