Sanlorenzo SL 102: the superyacht that breaks the rules

Launched at Cannes Yacht Festival for the 2019 season, she’s been dubbed by everybody as the asymmetrical yacht. Sanlorenzo SL 102 designers surely have been brave in overturning the usual layouts and totally change the approach to on board space.

When we first saw the new Sanlorenzo SL 102 she was moored inside Genoa Boat Show. Asymmetrical…where? Was our question. Then, after some seconds we realized: it is definitely non symmetrical, but you don’t perceive it at first glance. And that’s just what the designers had in mind.
The result is a 31 meter-long yacht that keeps the distinctive Sanlorenzo features. The family feeling is still there, and at the same time it’s turned into something really new. Something that will leave a mark.
So, let’s discover this yacht, born from an original idea of Chris Bangle (Fiat Coupè and many edgy BMWs, among his creations) and then developed by the shipyard and Zuccon International Project.

Looking at the starboard side (above) and then the port one (below) the Sanlorenzo SL 102 does not seem asymmetrical. Yet the difference is there, but you notice only when looking at the main deck: to starboard there’s the usual side deck leading to the bow area, to port there isn’t.

On the port side the yacht is then a wide-body hull, as the hull side is unencumbered the waterline up to the sun deck. Where is then the passageway on this side?

Here it is, on the upper deck. Some steps connect it to the bow area of the main deck.

This solution is not only to the benefit of design, but gives also some advantages in terms of space: more of it, and more enjoyable.

The asymmetry has made it possible to gain about 10 sqm in the salon, which now features an amazing window on the sea and a terrace opening towards the outside.

To aft Sanlorenzo SL 102 goes back to a perfect symmetry. The two side staircases frame the garage for the tender.

Despite the peculiar idea, this Sanlorenzo SL 102 has maintained the features that make these Italian yachts truly unmistakable: sober lines, a careful balance in volume management, and a non-invasive and streamlined superstructure.

Engines are by MTU. Optionally, it is possible to mount two 16V 2000 M86 units delivering 2,216 hp (1,630 kW) which, as the German company says, are for: “fast vessels with medium load factors”, or two 2,434 hp (1,790 kW) 16V 2000 M96 for: “Fast vessels with low load factors”.

Two interior layouts are available: the first places the owner’s suite at the bow of the main deck, and the four guest cabins on the lower deck. The second – more keen to the American taste – sports the five cabins on the lower deck: in this case, on the main level a large open galley to bow is connected to the living room and the bar counter by the cockpit.

The numbers of Sanlorenzo SL 102

  • Length overall …………… 31.10 m (102 ft)
  • Beam …………… 7.10 m (23ft 4in)
  • Draft …………… 2.00 m (6ft 7in)
  • Engines …………… MTU 2×2216 or 2434 hp
  • Fuel reserve …………… 12.000 l (3170 US gal)
  • Fresh water reserve …………… 2.000 l (528 US gal)
  • Cruise speed …………… 25 knots
  • Top speed …………… 28 knots

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