San­lo­ren­zo ce­le­bra­tes wi­th the asym­me­tri­cal


Superyacht - - WHAT’S ON - by Cor­ra­di­no Cor­bò

This year San­lo­ren­zo’s six­ty six­th an­ni­ver­sa­ry coin­ci­ded wi­th the yard’s an­nual mee­ting held wi­th ow­ners, bro­kers and jour­na­lists. And the­re we­re loads of plea­sant sur­pri­ses.

San­lo­ren­zo brand sup­por­ters of­ten say that San­lo­ren­zo does not fol­low trends, but crea­tes them. And that is a ve­ry plea­sing re­mark if ever the­re was one whi­le being al­so an ef­fi­cient slo­gan. Ho­we­ver it but gra­sps on­ly part of the equa­tion: how si­gni­fi­cant ha­ve the yard’s six­ty plus years been to Ita­lian yachting hi­sto­ry. Be­cau­se, even when being sty­li­sti­cal­ly in­te­re­sting and com­mer­cial­ly use­ful, we know trends ine­vi­ta­bly are not meant to la­st long, whi­le what this com­pa­ny has rea­li­zed up to da­te con­sti­tu­tes a sort of ma­na­gea­ble mo­del whi­ch plan­ted its po­li­cies in the realms of sta­bi­li­ty and lon­ge­vi­ty six de­ca­des ago, and has th­rou­gh the cour­se of ti­me been grea­tly imi­ta­ted. Sin­ce 2005 when Mas­si­mo Pe­rot­ti took the helm as CEO, Pre­si­dent and ma­jor share­hol­der, San­lo­ren­zo has been hi­ghly crea­ti­ve and vi­tal but al­ways in li­ne wi­th its con­so­li­da­ted prin­ci­ples con­cer­ning na­val ar­chi­tec­tu­re and en­gi­nee­ring. Wit­nes­ses to this are the men who’ve been sum­mo­ned to de­li­ver their pro­fes­sio­nal con­tri­bu­tion ti­me af­ter ti­me in the cour­se of ma­ny years. They’re au­then­tic gu­rus and ma­sters of their own fields: Ch­ris Ban­gle (con­si­de­red as BMW’S ge­nius), Til­li An­to­nel­li (foun­der of the Can­tie­re Na­va­le Adria­ti­co, Per­shing and Wider yard), Pie­ro Lis­so­ni (Ales­si’s, Be­net­ton’s, Cas­si­na’s and Pol­tro­na Frau’s “sty­li­st”)and al­so the Zuc­con fa­mi­ly wi­th their re­no­w­ned ar­chi­tec­ts’ stu­dio that ha­ve dra­wn up so­me of the mo­st fa­mous su­pe­rya­ch­ts in the world. And de­ser­ved­ly, two young de­si­gners of the fa­mi­ly Mar­ti­na and Ber­nar­do Zuc­con born in 1980 and 1982 re­spec­ti­ve­ly ha­ve pro­du­ced what is in mo­re ways than one a real re­vo­lu­tion in the world of de­si­gn and Pe­rot­ti’s ex­pe­ri­men­tal na­tu­re did not igno­re the pro­ject de­si­gn of the fir­st asym­me­tri­cal ya­cht in hi­sto­ry. The in­te­re­st for this was su­ch that eve­ryo­ne in­vi­ted at the “Eli­te Days”- the na­me gi­ven to the year­ly event at­ten­ded by ow­ners, the press, and ma­ny mo­re at San­lo­ren­zo’s shi­pyard in La Spe­zia, all real­ly wan­ted to see ‘so­me­thing’ and they we­re sho­wn the fir­st mo­del in con­struc­tion, the SL102 dra­wn up by the two young ar­chi­tec­ts. “I’m ve­ry mo­ved right now. I can hard­ly stand still” com­men­ted Ber­nar­do Zuc­con who then loo­ked at the au­dien­ce and ad­ded wi­th a brea­king voi­ce “Our fa­ther is he­re but so is our mo­ther”. Pao­la Ga­leaz­zi re­cen­tly pas­sed away but was able to see the pro­ject’s ini­tial pha­ses. “This ya­cht is an in­cre­di­bly fa­sci­na­ting ex­pe­rien­ce for us sin­ce we ha­ve al­ways be­lie­ved that re­sear­ch, the ex­plo­ring of new grounds is part of our work so as to of­fer the luc­ky few the chan­ce to use the­se beau­ti­ful ya­ch­ts” ad­ded Ber­nar­do. Va­rious ta­kes of the SL 102’s ren­de­ring we­re being sho­wn on a me­ga screen as Ber­nar­do’s words fa­ded. We and eve­ryo­ne el­se we­re di­so­rien­ted and lo­st our foo­ting for a se­cond, sin­ce at fir­st glan­ce the­re was no­thing asym­me­tric to our eyes and in this sort of ar­chi­tec­tu­ral ma­gic whi­ch can hi­de an asto­ni­shing in­ven­tion so well, to then re­veal the ta­lent that went in­to a pro­ject whi­le the ob­ject of whi­ch was to ob­tain a tan­gi­ble ad­van­ta­ge in terms of ac­crued li­ving spa­ce si­mi­lar to a wi­de-bo­dy con­fi­gu­ra­tion but wi­thout the li­mi­ta­tion im­po­sed by the lack of of walk around deck spa­ce that this wi­de bo­dy con­fi­gu­ra­tion brings wi­th it along the lon­gi­tu­di­nal sec­tions whi­ch af­fec­ts guests’ li­fe on board ju­st as mu­ch as

the crew’s. Whi­le ma­noeu­vring, crew mem­bers of­ten need to da­sh for­ward and back. So, loo­king at Zuc­con’s pro­ject we find that one si­de of the en­ti­re su­per­struc­tu­re, port si­de in the gi­ven ca­se is per­fec­tly ali­gned wi­th the top­si­des whi­le the star­board si­de co­mes in a lit­tle to lea­ve an ade­qua­te pas­sa­ge way along whi­ch to mo­ve free­ly from bow to stern and vi­ce ver­sa. In this way, the sa­loon and ma­ster ca­bin to­ge­ther share about 25 squa­re me­tres of ac­crued spa­ce in ad­di­tion to a spec­ta­cu­lar view over­loo­king the sea when com­pa­red to the sa­me ya­cht wi­th stan­dard con­fi­gu­ra­tion. All of this is sur­pri­sin­gly per­for­med by ma­ster­ly il­lu­sion. Zuc­con ad­ded “We’ve tip­ped the sca­les to one si­de, but I am su­re that this de­ci­sion will al­low users to li­ve the sea and en­joy the ya­cht from di­ver­se poin­ts of view in the true sen­se. May­be a lit­tle di­so­rien­ted and ‘lo­st’ in the be­gin­ning be­cau­se we’ve be­co­me too ac­cu­sto­med to fin­ding things and pas­sa­ges in the sa­me pla­ces”. Ano­ther new ya­cht pre­sen­ted by the fa­mi­ly’s youn­ger ge­ne­ra­tion in the cour­se of the “Eli­te Days” year­ly event is the SX 72. In this ca­se the ‘sur­pri­se’ is not brought about by things asym­me­tri­cal, but by the sa­me bra­ve sha­pes that ha­ve ma­de the SX88 cros­so­ver prin­ci­pal­ly de­ve­lo­ped by San­lo­ren­zo’s sty­ling de­part­ment led by Lu­ca San-

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