[Words, David Robinson; Photos, Sanlorenzo] The new SL102, described because the world’s first uneven yacht, was initially described as “a risk” by Massimo Perotti, Chairman and CEO of Sanlorenzo, the Italian builder that specialises in forward-thinking design.
The Asymmetric Yacht Arrives
Just two months after its world premiere on the Cannes Yachting Festival, that ‘risk’ has been greater than justified, with 11 orders taking the manufacturing schedule effectively in 2020. Furthermore, in excellent news for this area, hull quantity three is heading to Asia and can exhibit on the ninth Singapore Yacht Show from April 11-14, 2019. With the pioneering structure that bucks the long-established formulation, the SL102 additionally gained its first award in Cannes, incomes the Innovative Trophy on the World Yachts Trophies, whereas Perotti revealed that 92ft and 112ft uneven designs fashions are within the pipeline.
The essence of the yacht’s asymmetry is using only one aspect deck, starboard aspect. The area that will have been used for a portside passageway is integrated into the saloon and master bedroom (as per the European structure). Sanlorenzo’s goal with the one deck was to extend the inside area – it good points about 10sqm – and create higher entry to the out of doors areas.
Car designer Chris Bangle is credited with the concept of an uneven yacht earlier than Zuccon International Project, in collaboration with Sanlorenzo, integrated the idea into the outside design and naval structure, with Lissoni Design dealing with the inside structure.
Zuccon, represented by siblings Bernardo and Martina Zuccon, deserves immense credit score for its work to disguise the yacht’s asymmetry from the skin, creating an exterior profile that appears surprisingly comparable on each side. The proven fact that the handrail on the starboard aspect is matched by an ornamental model alongside the port-side home windows is only one instance of how this has been achieved. Despite such challenges, the SL102 may be very a lot a Sanlorenzo design, with the hull form, hull home windows, superyacht styling and the flybridge roof all reflecting the builder’s DNA.
In boarding the SL102, it takes some time to soak up the uneven idea. In truth, you solely correctly discover it when trying from the cockpit, from the place you see the starboard passageway and, to port, the exceptional flybridge stairs and full-beam saloon.
The yacht embodies indoor-outdoor residing in its cockpit and saloon association. The cockpit itself is comparatively standard with a forward- dealing with sofa, two separate tables and unfastened chairs. This out of doors space is sort of fully coated by the flybridge and when the 4 sliding doorways are put apart, it turns into a part of one huge residing space with the saloon.
The saloon advantages from nice design components on each side. To starboard, a double door opens as much as the aspect deck, the place the bulwark can develop into a drop-down balcony – an concept that Sanlorenzo first employed on its 40Alloy tremendous yacht in 2008 – and create what the yard describes as a “modern villa on the sea”.
The mixture of open doorways and balcony expands the views and welcomes in sea breezes and pure gentle, so the location of sofas on each side of this stunning channel works brilliantly.
The port aspect of the saloon is dominated aft by the glass-enclosed flybridge stairs, a chunk of artwork in itself, whereas ahead is an space that can be utilized for a eating desk or nevertheless the proprietor needs. After all, Sanlorenzo prides itself on its ‘made to measure’ service.
Another nice contact right here is that the hull aspect – which might be the bulwark on starboard aspect – could be electrically lowered to increase the view. As such, the proprietor of hull primary has a low desk on this space to allow a transparent view by virtually full-height home windows. Essentially, although, the saloon is a clear area that may be organized as an proprietor sees match.
To starboard is a small corridor that leads left to steps to the raised pilothouse and ahead to the big, well-equipped galley, which additionally leads all the way down to the crew quarters within the bow of the decrease deck. From the saloon, the portside corridor results in the dayhead, stairs to the lower-deck visitor cabins and ahead to the grasp cabin, which just like the saloon, advantages from the additional width provided by the absence of 1 aspect deck.
As you enter the master bedroom, the en-suite rest room with his-and- hers sinks is to port, whereas proper is a protracted cabinet providing loads of storage. The important bed room options an aft-facing double mattress and massive home windows both aspect in addition to ahead throughout the foredeck. There’s additionally non-public entry through a door to the starboard walkway.
It’s value noting that the on-deck grasp cabin options in what Sanlorenzo describes because the European structure, whereas its American market possibility has a big nation kitchen on this space. In each circumstances, the visitor cabins on the decrease deck comprise 4 similar-size double rooms, benefiting from the yacht’s 23ft-plus beam.
There are literally two methods of reaching the flybridge – the showpiece stairway from the cockpit and likewise through portside stairs from the foredeck. The giant flybridge itself incorporates a second helm station, whereas as a semi-custom yacht, the furnishings -sunpads, seating, tables, bar – could be organized in response to the proprietor’s needs.
The design of a small stairway from the flybridge all the way down to the foredeck is a winner for visitors, whereas crew are in a position to entry the highest deck through the raised pilothouse. Along with the design, the efficiency can be spectacular for such a big yacht, which gives two MTU 16V engine choices. The extra highly effective 2,434hp model delivers a prime velocity of 29 knots and a cruising velocity of 26.
The SL102 is already proving a serious milestone in Sanlorenzo’s regular rise within the superyacht sector, the place it’s already established as one of many world’s most prolific shipyards. And with the improvements additionally proven within the burgeoning SX sequence and the EXP explorer sequence, Sanlorenzo is proving that it’s as progressive as it’s common.