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Italian boat builders Sanlorenzo recently debuted its new SL102 Asymmetric Superyacht at the 2018 Cannes Yachting Festival.


The layout of the 31.1 metre model was created in collaboration with American designer Chris Bangle and developed with Zuccon International Studio. At first glance the Sanlorenzo SL102 Asymmetric is a true Sanlorenzo design, with its signature elegant, streamlined and balanced profile BUT inside the layout addresses a longstanding problem: Wide-body yachts don’t have the space for dedicated service passageways presenting an operational problem for the crew moving between bow and stern.


With a wide sports body on the main deck, the salon and master stateroom are full beam to port, but a companionway runs the length of the superstructure to starboard. Similarly, the flybridge has not just the standard staircase down to the cockpit, but also a staircase to port that leads to the bow, giving crew direct access to the windlass.


“The real challenge was to make a difference while respecting the strong identity of the brand,” designer Bernardo Zuccon says. “We disguised the asymmetry by playing with the light and shadow of the overhangs; if it had been obvious, we would have gone against the elegance and balance that is all part of Sanlorenzo’s design DNA.”

The SL102 disguises its asymmetry in the skillful design of the walls, which bear the same lines on both sides, and in the highly skilled masking game of the upper port side deck protected by a handrail that is also on the starboard side, more as a decorative than protective element.


The two passage areas to the bow, the one on the upper port side and the one on the lower starboard, were symmetrically adjusted, within the asymmetry, with the light-dark visual play of the windows of the bow and the roof of the superstructure, in a sort of “trompe-l’oeil” which requires the viewer’s careful eye to decipher volumes, passage areas, and movements.



Several different layouts are available, but the core design will remain the same with the owner’s suite on the main deck, with the remaining four guest cabins below. The crew area meanwhile, which accommodates a staff of four in two twin bunk cabins and a mess, is situated forward on the lower deck.


The SL102 offers a top speed of around 28-29 knots and a cruising speed at around 25 knots.


For further information visit SanLorenzo




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