Following on from the critically acclaimed SHERPA series which was launched in 2016, the larger 23.8m/78ft takes the multi award-winning formula and adds even more features and improvements. With the engineering nearing completion and construction underway, the first hull is due to make an appearance at the 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival.
The SHERPA XL offers over 220m/722ft of interior and exterior recreational space, and Milan-based Hot Lab will reprise its role as interior and exterior stylist for Arcadia Yachts. Using a beam of 6.9m/22.6ft, the SHERPA XL provides 25% more space than most luxury yachts in its size class, directly benefiting the guest accommodation of three-four cabins as the owner desires.
The exterior spaces provide a large sheltered cockpit behind the main salon, which connects directly to the swim platform via a series of steps. Concept images show an alfresco dining area to seat eight, plus a C-shaped sofa with a coffee table facing aft, while two smaller sofas face forward. Sunpads cover the raised stern section for guests to rest after a large lunch.
The upper deck aft provides elevated views and places the seating around the stern and the bar forward, leaving the central space clear for guests to circulate. The forward section of the upper deck is dedicated to the skylounge, where guests can bathe in the sunshine filtering down through the solar panels and take in the views through the floor-to-ceiling windows while unwinding out of the heat.
Owners can choose which materials and finishes they want for the contemporary interiors, as well as an extensive selection of top range made-in-Italy furniture brands.
The Master suite will use an open-plan layout to create 22m/72ft of space, with no partitions separating the bathroom for optimal light throughout. The VIP stateroom in the bow also uses the same method to emphasise its interior volume.
Using a pair of Volvo Penta IPS 1050 main engines, the SHERPA XL is capable of a top speed of 22 knots and initial tests show that at 10-12 knots, the motor yacht is capable of 1,000-1,500 nautical miles – approximately 35% for efficient than other semi-displacement hulls in its class. The on-board solar panels also generate up to 2kW of energy to power all the on-board energy-efficient systems bar the air-conditioning.