San­lorenzo SX88, Carver C34 Coupe, Rio 60 GTS, and more.

Power & Motor Yacht - - IN THIS ISSUE - Ja­son Y. Wood San­lorenzo Amer­i­cas, 954-3689052; san­loren­zoamer­i­cas.com

Ilook at the Cannes Yacht­ing Fes­ti­val as an in­dus­try-wide Charyb­dis, a mael­strom that catches boat­builders, their boats, and a multi­na­tional slew of buy­ers in a swirling cur­rent of ex­cite­ment and so­phis­ti­ca­tion. And last year, at the cen­ter of it all, was the San­lorenzo SX88, be­calmed on a dock in the Vieux Port. Turns out ac­cess to her was rather tightly con­trolled and the pier that led to her was a fortress.

Her pro­file was noth­ing if not eye­catch­ing in that prom­i­nent perch and one can see echoes of many of the de­sign at­tributes that at­tract San­lorenzo fans.

But she is dif­fer­ent, too. San­lorenzo is adding to its tra­di­tional prod­uct lines, which com­prise the plan­ing se­ries in sizes from 78 to 118 feet LOA, and a semidis­place­ment se­ries from 92 to 126 feet. The su­pery­acht range in­cludes the steel hull and ex­plorer lines from 133 feet with de­signs up to 209 feet.

“It was a lit­tle con­tro­ver­sial for San­lorenzo to build an­other fly­bridge mo­to­ry­acht and not com­pete with it­self,” says Ge­orge Jousma, pres­i­dent of San­lorenzo Amer­i­cas, who knows a thing or two about the line and its de­vel­op­ment. “So that’s where the SX came from: to try to do some­thing in­no­va­tive. We kept it very much un­der wraps un­til its in­tro­duc­tion.” I didn’t know what to ex­pect. Then I paid a visit to the aft plat­form beach—and there is no other word for it, other than maybe boat­yard, for its abil­ity to ship nu­mer­ous ten­ders and toys. The beach/boat­yard is book­ended by arches built into the aft bul­warks, but the port side arch is a cam­ou­flaged davit. “One of its main fo­cuses is the aft plat­form area, to have the equiv­a­lent toys of a 140- to 150-foot boat, only on an 88-footer,” he says. “That was a big part of the project.”

While the boat de­fies def­i­ni­tion to some de­gree, Jousma ex­plained the con­cept. “The SX88 is the first in what will be a new se­ries,” he says. “Next will be the 72, which will come out at Cannes [in Septem­ber] and then we’ll have some­thing in a larger range as well. But we’re call­ing it fast dis­place­ment, while some are call­ing it a cross­over.” The SX88 has a sin­gle helm sta­tion on the fly­bridge, with a fixed-glass wind­shield for­ward, though the large glass side win­dows power down to open the top deck.

When I stepped in­side, my en­tire con­cep­tion of what a yacht can be—or more ac­cu­rately, what one can have as an in­te­rior—shifted. If the goal was to show­case the yard’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties in cre­at­ing some­thing cus­tom, it suc­ceeded. The main deck is an open plan—it felt like a loft apart­ment—with huge side win­dows. Most fas­ci­nat­ing: The raked, re­verse-pi­lot­house wind­shield did not sur­round a com­mand cen­ter for the cap­tain. In­stead it was an­other so­cial space.

While a lay­out of­fer­ing a main-deck mas­ter is avail­able, nei­ther Hull No. 1, built for Europe, or Hull No. 2, bound for the U.S., has it. In­stead a four-state­room lay­out welcomes owner and guests with an amid­ships mas­ter, two dou­bles, and a VIP for­ward. “I love that lay­out on Hull No. 1 to show as a pro­to­type,” Jousma says. “Bring­ing a boat into the States [for Hull No. 2] we did a four­cabin lay­out down be­lowand a more tra­di­tional main deck.” Jousma pointed out that, of 12 boats sold at presstime, seven lay­outs have been de­signed. Af­ter the first one with the loft feel the re­main­ing six are equally di­vided—three have a main-deck mas­ter, and three have ac­com­mo­da­tions be­lowdecks.

The first two hulls of the SX88 show that San­lorenzo can think as far out­side the box as boaters may want to—and build to suit. —

LOA: 88'0" BEAM: 23'6" DRAFT: 5'5" DISPL.: 158,700 lb. FUEL: 2,245 gal. WA­TER: 541 gal. POWER: 3/800-hp Volvo Penta IPS1050 CRUISE SPEED: 20 knots TOP SPEED: 23 knots PRICE: Upon re­quest

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