ON THE HORI­ZON

The Sanlorenzo SL102 em­braces the con­cept of asym­me­try to en­hance crew and guest sep­a­ra­tion.

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SANLORENZO GOES ASYM­MET­RI­CAL WITH ITS SL102

Sym­me­try is about bal­anced pro­por­tions. It de­notes a sense of bal­ance, which is what most yacht de­sign­ers strive to achieve—and Sanlorenzo is go­ing be­yond it, in the case of the SL102.

The builder sought to ad­dress a long­stand­ing prob­lem: Wide-body yachts of around 100 feet length over­all with a raised pi­lot­house don’t have the space for ded­i­cated ser­vice pas­sage­ways. The omis­sion presents an op­er­a­tional prob­lem for the crew. How does a deck­hand move be­tween the bow and stern quickly dur­ing moor­ing? He has to go through the guest ar­eas, a path that is far from ideal.

Sanlorenzo worked to solve this prob­lem with car de­signer Chris Ban­gle and Zuc­con In­ter­na­tional Project, in­tro­duc­ing the con­cept of asym­me­try into the SL102’s de­sign.

On the main deck, the salon (with open­ing bal­cony) 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.

None of this asym­me­try is im­me­di­ately no­tice­able to the ca­sual ob­server. It can be seen by look­ing at the yacht from di­rectly ahead or astern.

“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.”

Four units of the SL102 have been sold, and Sanlorenzo plans to ex­tend the asym­met­ric lay­out to its SL112 line, in­clud­ing ad­di­tional lay­out op­tions for the U.S. mar­ket. The first SL102 is ex­pected to de­but at the Cannes and Monaco boat shows in Septem­ber.

For more in­for­ma­tion: san­loren­zoamer­i­cas.com

top: The asym­met­ric ex­te­rior lay­out of the SL102 is vir­tu­ally in­vis­i­ble in profile. It only be­comes ap­par­ent when viewed from astern or head-on (right).

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