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Sanlorenzo reveals new SL102 planing motor yacht

During a press conference on May 7 coinciding with Sanlorenzo’s Elite Days client weekend, the Italian yacht builder announced plans to shake up its planing line. Sanlorenzo presented the new SL102, a 31.1 metre planing yacht with beam of 7.1 metres, which will make its debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival.

“Today I am very excited to make this presentation,” Massimo “Max” Perotti, the company’s CEO said. The boat’s asymmetric design has its genesis in the partnership Sanlorenzo announced in 2015 with American car designer and BMW guru of many years Chris Bangle, but its development was entrusted to Zuccon International Studio.

“The guy is a genius,” Perrotti said of Bangle. When presented with some of the challenges of boat operations in this size range, he suggested a design with a single side deck matched on the opposite side with a widebody design. One of the purposes for this is a protected passage is for the crew to handle mooring operations, protected from elements. On the opposite side, the boat’s guest accommodation line up with the bulkhead as in any widebody design. This has the benefit to expand the square footage of the living area by around 25 square metres, and with large windows, to allow guests to feel more connected with the outside environment. Balconies are also an option.

The layout positions the master cabin forward on the deck, with a starboard side door accessing the single side deck. The builder offers the option of a gate that deploys at the touch of a button to prevent passage at certain times, in order for the owners to enjoy the entire forward area of the yacht, which includes an outdoor lounge, in complete privacy.

One of the big challenges of this innovative design was to implement it in a way that it would not stray from the traditional Sanlorenzo look. “Since I bought the company, I have tried to keep the tradition of Sanlorenzo because our customers want that design, that type of boat,” Perotti said.

This challenging task fell to the sister and brother team of Martina and Bernardo Zuccon who translated Bangle’s idea into a practical boat design. They did this in a way that the yacht does not appear different at first glance. “They built symmetry in the asymmetry,” Perrotti said. “I think it’s remarkable.”

The idea of having just one pathway is not entirely new. It’s been done before, particularly in larger custom designs, but it has not done to this extent yet and not on a yacht of this size, Bernardo Zuccon told Boat International. The biggest challenge was implementing it within an envelope that looks like the rest of the brand’s yachts.

“In this box I am happy to see something changing, but outside it remains a Sanlorenzo,” Zuccon said. “It was very important to catch details about the history of the brand. I went through books to catch lines, styles, details and tried to translate some of that history in the lines.”

Furthermore, he worked on keeping visual symmetry. “As you can see, it’s like an ordinary yacht. We tried to keep the same details on both sides, even if the functions are different. The structure looks completely ordinary,” he said.

The SL102 otherwise will be a typical planing hull, with top speed expected to be around 28-29 knots, depending on the selection of engines (twin 16V MTU M86 or the upgrade M96). Cruising speed with be around 25-26 knots, and the yacht will be able to carry 12,000 litres of fuel and 2,000 litres of water. A bank of lithium batteries will supplement the power produced by two generators. A couple of different layouts are available but the basis are a massive owners’ suite on the main deck and four generous guest cabins below. The crew area, including a mess and two twin bunk cabins, is forward on the lower deck.

The dining area and saloon are positioned on the portside, where one of the suggested layouts places the dining room directly alongside the massive window facing the water.

Sanlorenzo had not shown many details of the project to anyone before the press conference but managed to sell four – maybe soon five – hulls to what Perotti describes as “friends.” There are plans to apply this layout to other members of the SL line, the 92 and 112, in the future.

The yacht makes its public debut at the Cannes boat show, along with a new SX72.

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