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29m Sanlorenzo SL96A hits the water

22 January 2024 • Written by Holly Margerrison

Italian shipyard Sanlorenzo has launched its latest 29.26-metre SL96A model from its facility in Ameglia. The yacht has been highly specified to her owner's wishes, with an estimated 600 modifications made across both interior and exterior of the 100 GT vessel. 

The asymmetric model forms part of the yard's popular SL Series with the build overseen by its UK representative Nick Hatfield. Delivery is expected at the end of March 2024 in time for the Mediterranean season.

Accommodation comprises five cabins with further space for crew in three cabins, although one of the crew cabins can convert into a guest cabin for kids.  “This means the boat can function as a six guest-cabin boat if required, offering even greater flexibility for those onboard,” explained Hatfield. Adding to the sense of individuality, a private inner hallway leading to the owner’s cabin has been included. 

Up top, the flybridge features a custom dining table with a wrap-around sofa and cabinets handmade by Sanlorenzo in the main saloon. The galley was also developed closely with the owner to complement life on board, which features "a custom butterfly-wing serving hatch on the starboard side to allow food, drinks and empty plates to be passed between the galley and front-of-house crew quickly and efficiently.”

Hatfield added: “We started working on this build in the summer of 2022, with the only limitation being the hull shape and exterior profile. By the time the contract was signed, the owner of the SL96A had itemised 411 custom modifications outside the standard options list, and this number has now broken the 500, maybe even 600, barrier."

The owner of the SL96A says of his experience offered great scope for customisaton. "As just one example, most builders offer their interior furniture in a choice of three or four veneers with either a matte or gloss finish," he said. 

"When I asked Sanlorenzo for its menu, the answer was: 'Any sustainably produced veneer available anywhere on the planet, with the grain direction at any angle and any degree of matte/gloss from 0 per cent to 100 per cent in 5 per cent increments. Alternatively, any surface can be spray-painted in any colour, or leather-covered or mirrored along with any surface effect like fluting or fielding. And this applies to the ceilings as well as the walls and furniture'.”

According to BOATPro, there are currently three SL96A models in build with deliveries slated for 2024.

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