The sea trial was pubblished on Superyacht 32 – spring 2012

Without a shadow of doubt this is a Sanlorenzo, for the features highlighting this Italian yard’s new SL94 motor yacht which has been thoroughly tailor made

This new project is fruit of in depth analysis masterly carried out by the yard’s technical design studio whose principal guidelines were to come up with a project according to company policy which translates into something which formally underscores Sanlorenzo’s tradition. The choice to maintain therefore, the yard’s timeless and traditional guidelines unaltered remains and so does the familiar look about some of the stylistic and technical details which are typical of this Italian boat yard.

Francesco Paszkowski’s Design team with the yard’s own technical staff are responsible for the external layout which has been partly inspired by the flowing lines of the larger SL104.

The end result of this project is aesthetically pleasing to the eye, well balanced and harmonious with the ample fly bridge overhead which is customarily totally tailor made as per clients’ wishes according to how and for which purpose the space available is to be exploited. Still on the subject of the fly bridge, one can opt for a hardtop, rather than a roll-bar with a soft top.

This model sports an opening transom which reveals a large garage area for tender and toys thus leaving more exploitable space to the fly bridge area. Furthermore thanks to the technical staff’s ability the garage in the stern can house a 4.30 metre tender set across by deploying a specially designed recovery and stow system installed therein.

All of this entails use of two lateral stairways connecting the stern deck to the cockpit without overly sacrificing space inside. A lifting beach platform completes the stern area and facilitates access to and from the water for guests as well as for the recovery and launching of water toys. Let’s now move along to the interiors which have also been designed by Francesco Paszkowski Design team according to the owner’s wishes and taste for this first model we are describing to you.

The style is modern and sober in that the materials chosen are fruit of some dedicated research as for example some of the wood work treated three ways, with whitened English oak bulkheads, while some joinery is purposefully made to resemble cloth, and the lacquered metal looking panels and to the existing modern style.

The saloon takes up part of the main deck with a convenient day head, and stairway leading down to the lower deck which divides the saloon from the dining area, both these areas enjoy considerable natural light coming from large lateral window panels set into the surrounding superstructure.

The dining room has been situated in a secluded bow section of the main deck between the connecting living/saloon area aft and galley forward of it. The forepeak of the main deck contains the galley as well as the crew mess, and adequately comfortable lounge, next to which there are the crew ‘s quarters themselves which have been carefully separated from the owners’ and from those dedicated to guests.

The owner of this first model has chosen to place the night quarters as is traditionally classic with his master stateroom set slightly aft of centre and at full beam, followed by two guest cabins with single beds and forward of which we find a VIP cabin all of which with dedicated bathrooms. The owner’s suite is ‘open space’ and is made up of an office corner, shower cabinet, and in a separate area to convey rightful privacy a bathroom.

This we find an appropriate solution most of all when cruising. As for the fly bridge like the rest of the yacht is fully customizable as already mentioned earlier on. The owner of this first SL 94 model has also chosen to place lounge and dining areas ‘al fresco’ with ensuing sofas, coffee tables, wet bar, outside and a large dining table set lengthwise. A characterizing trait which is common to every version is the location of the helm/controls station set to starboard on the fly bridge with the main station set along the bridge at centre directly below offering great visibility for its central location.

From a technical standpoint the SL 94 has been equipped with several eco- friendly devices designed to reduce pollution, thus fulfilling “Green Plus Platinum” requirements. The technical solutions adopted in fulfilling such requirements have also allowed for considerable weight reduction thereby enhancing lower fuel consumption and exhaust emission. Another eco-friendly solution adopted in this instance is the use of Intersleek anti fouling applied to the hull bottom which is biocide free and longer lasting.

To reduce on board lubricants, electrically operated stabilizer systems have been installed as well as joystick controlled bow and stern thruster propellers. The joysticks are installed at both helm /control stations. Steering too is no longer hydraulically performed but electrically distributing power as required and independently to each of the propellers which is useful in facilitating manoeuvres in restricted waters.

All of this depends on two separate battery banks, while in case of an emergency rising or a failure a ZF manual control system the yacht is equipped with can be activated. Two options are available to power the yacht as follows: 2×1,890 HP Caterpillar C32 ACERT engines which will push the SL94 to a top speed of 27 knots and a cruising speed of 25 or 2×2,100 HP MTU 16V2000M92 engines with which top speed rises to 29 knots with a cruising one of 26.

This yacht is no doubt state of the art for its contents, performance and beyond for its lower consumption, reduced impact on the environment, high level of comfort while cruising as well as everything else which make it such a quality yacht.

One may perhaps expect more exploitable volumes of space from a 94 footer motor yacht, but the choice of an opening garage in the stern transom offers considerable advantages to be enjoyed up on the fly bridge, which in summer is surely more exploited than inside, and also makes launching and recovery less invasive for guests. This is a choice we wish to share and approve of if seen from the point of view of the yacht being used mainly during the summer season.

For further information Via Salvadori 58 – 55049 VIAREGGIO (LU) +39 0 58438071 [email protected]

Angelo Colombo

LOA: 28.60 m – LWL: 23.90 m – Beam: 6.73 m – Draught: 1.93 m – displacement fully laden: 104.00 t – berths: 8 – crew berths: 4 – engines: 2×1,890 HP Cat C32 or 2×2,100 HP MTU; drives: V-drive; top speed: 27/29 knots; cruise speed: 25/26 knots; deadrise: 16° – fuel tank capacity: 10,400 litres – tender size: 4.30 m jet – construction material: GRP.