Italian superyacht builder Sanlorenzo celebrated 60 years of operation on the weekend, while also celebrating the future with the launch of the first of its latest explorer yacht series plus announcements of new models and partnerships.

The celebration, apart from the launch and new announcements, included a gala dinner with over 600 guests, trials available on the entire Sanlorenzo range, art displays and a museum presentation covering the past 60 years.

Throughout the weekend, CEO Massimo Perotti emphasised that the new models being announced followed the core Sanlorenzo DNA feature of ‘tradition and innovation’.

Now positioned in the top three of the global superyachts builders league, Sanlorenzo has shown, over recent years, a consistent strategic course of developing new models working with a number of different designers and supported by a large investment programme covering both facility upgrades and product development.

At the 60th anniversary, new models played a key role in the celebrations. Firstly, the company launched its first SL 500EXP model which has been built for a mainland Chinese client. The vessel was sold through Simpson Marine, Sanlorenzo’s Asian dealer for the past three years.

The order was originally based on the SL 460EXP model that Sanlorenzo launched. However, because of several changes that the owner required, an extra 4m (13ft) was added to the original 43m (142ft) to reach the 47m (155ft) of the SL 500EXP. As a result of the changes made, Sanlorenzo has now stopped making the 460EXP and is focusing on the 500EXP.

As to new models, Sanlorenzo is maintaining its growing reputation for innovation by introducing the new SL Asymmetrical 102 motor yacht. It also presented more information about the SX72, which has previously been referred to.

Sanlorenzo suggests that asymmetrical offers an advanced approach to livable spaces, use and enjoyment of the sea on board of a yacht that goes a step further than others. Perotti described it as “a bold and innovative project but also a risk”. Despite the latter, he pointed out that four, with a fifth seemingly close, have already been sold to “good friends of Sanlorenzo”.

With the aim of obtaining greater usability of the interior spaces and better access to the exterior, the SL102 rethinks the well-established layout of a yacht, only keeping the deck on the starboard side and eliminating the port side one, which is carried on the roof of the structure, allowing through this asymmetrical configuration, never tried before, to recover about 10sq m of area to benefit the interior.

Sanlorenzo is offering various asymmetric layout solutions for the SL102. The European one proposes the owner's suite at the bow of the main deck with a choice of a potential collapsible balcony and the living room with different seating configurations. In all cases, the guest cabins on the lower deck are four symmetrical double rooms.

The American layout uses the forward area of the main deck for a large country-kitchen, which is connected to the dining room located at the border towards the stern. In the hall, near the door to the cockpit, there is a bar counter. The owner's suite descends to the centre of the lower deck and there are three guest cabins, a double VIP and two doubles with single beds.

The decor and furnishings are taken care of by the Zuccon International Project studio, through the sophisticated choices of Martina Zuccon. Like all Sanlorenzo vessels, the SL102 is also built according to the tastes and needs of each owner, in accordance with the "made to measure" motto of the house.

The SL102 comes with two MTU power options:

  • 16V 2000 M86 of 1,630kW/2,216hp, classified by the German company for “fast vessels with medium load factors" for a maximum speed of 28kt and a fast cruising speed of 25kt
  • 16V 2000 M96 of 1,790kW/2,434hp, classified for “fast vessels with low load factors" for a maximum speed of 29kt and a fast cruising speed of 26kt

The SX72, eight of which have been sold off plan, is a smaller version of the SX88 which was launched at Cannes last year. Perotti said: “This is a smaller model of our successful SX88 and it has been hard to incorporate the same features. We have sold 12 of the SX88s so far and we are looking at two larger models for this series but we have not yet decided on the exact sizes.”

Sanlorenzo also announced that Piero Lissono had been appointed art director of the group and that the collaboration would not only cover the yacht and superyacht models, but also the redesigning of the factory exteriors plus the new expansion at Ameglia.