Not every megayacht owner is stepping up in size these days. That’s the word from Massimo Perotti, managing director of Sanlorenzo. In fact, some of Sanlorenzo’s clients are interested in smaller yachts—but definitely not interested in less volume or lesser features. The Sanlorenzo SL94 allays any concerns about buying something in the under-100-foot mark. Better yet, she offers amenities and a customization level rarely found in her size range.
At 93’8” (28.6 meters), the Sanlorenzo SL94 fits nicely in the model lineup between the SL88 and SL104. In this size range, you’d typically find a combination saloon and dining area directly off the aft deck. Aboard the Sanlorenzo SL94, however, there are some nice surprises. A small library-like entrance precedes the saloon. Carved oak panels and whitened oak soles here and in the saloon set a sophisticated scene. The saloon is fully devoted to lounging and relaxing, because the dining table is actually within a formal dining room forward, as the image below reveals. Accessed on the port side, it’s flanked by windows and not in the least bit confined, despite what the prevailing wisdom holds for a megayacht of this size.
Another amenity that comes as a surprise aboard this megayacht: the main-deck galley. Several Italian and other European yacht builders these days are increasingly placing the galley below decks, and in incredibly tight spaces. Whether Sanlorenzo is embracing a more American view, or simply embracing the fact that the main deck makes the crew’s job easier, it doesn’t really matter. The result is a more practical and well-laid-out galley. There’s a handy pass-through window that lets platters be served more swiftly to the dining room, too. When the chef is cooking, or guests want privacy, a partition (mirrored on the dining room side) keeps the area closed.
The three guest staterooms and master suite below decks are outfitted to owners’ wishes, as usual. The owner of hull number one requested a VIP and two twin cabins for his guests. While this is pretty traditional, so, too, is the way the owner wanted the flying bridge arranged. He requested a second helm forward, complementing the main helm just below. Even with the driving station, the SL94’s flying bridge feels larger than that of comparably sized yachts. That was a primary goal for Sanlorenzo in creating the SL94. Eliminating toy stowage aft plays a large part in this. (The RIB is relocated to a tender garage, stowed athwartships, not fore-aft. It’s launched via a telescoping crane that pivots it for placement into the water.) The rest of the flying bridge features seating and sunning spaces, as well as an alfresco dining area. The owner also opted for the fixed hardtop—a radar arch with bimini is another choice—and requested it be painted in contrast with the rest of the SL94.
Here’s an inside look at how the Sanlorenzo SL94, with her 22’1” beam, went from concept to computer drawings and ultimately to completion. You’ll also see her put through her sea trial paces, where she hit a reported 27-knot top speed with twin 1,890-hp Caterpillar engines.