Italian boatbuilder Arcadia Yachts introduced the details of its upcoming entry-model Sherpa this week at the Cannes Yachting Festival and will debut the boat at the 2016 Boot Düsseldorf in January.
The production of the Sherpa is part of the recent extension of Arcadia Yachts’ GRP range. Together with the Arcadia 100, which is under construction, the yard’s GRP family line ranges from 85 to 115 feet.
All models are built using dedicated molds, one for each model. The yard also will unveil details about production plans for full-displacement steel/aluminum yachts from 135 feet to 150 feet.
The 55-foot (16.8-meter) yacht has an 18-foot (5.5-meter) beam. The Sherpa — with Volvo Penta IPS 600 engines — has a top speed of about 25 knots and a cruising speed of 20 knots. At 20 knots, fuel consumption is about 97 liters an hour, and at 12 knots (top displacement speed), it decreases to about 43 liters an hour, according to the company.
The cruising range is favored by low generator usage, thanks to the 3.5 kilowatts of electrical energy supplied by the solar panels that cover almost the entire yacht.