While most boat shows occur in warm-weather destinations, one of the largest shows in the world happens every January. While it covers the gamut of boat sizes and gear, it still is a place to see “small” superyachts. The show is Boot Düsseldorf, and Sanlorenzo selected it for the global premiere of its SL96 Asymmetric, the latest model in this new megayacht series.
Announced last spring, the SL96 Asymmetric is full beam on the main deck on the port side, about 22 feet (6.76 meters). This pushes out usable volume, gaining about 108 square feet (10 square meters), without eliminating the need for crew to have all-around access. In fact, the side deck rises up over the saloon to port. In addition, a slide-down section of the hull on the starboard side (shown below) enhances the views while guests are dining at the table just opposite. It allows the floor-to-ceiling glass to really bring the seagoing experience inside.
Naturally, buyers can customize the interior design as they see fit. Sanlorenzo selected Laura Sessa to fashion the staterooms for eight, lounging areas, and more with clients. For hull number one, expect Sessa to incorporate tones reminiscent of the Mediterranean, yet also vibrant accents. Also aboard the 95-foot (29.06-meter) megayacht, expect the saloon furnishings to sit in ideal proximity to a fold-down balcony. Between this and the above-mentioned glass opposite the dining area, guests might decide to spend as much time inside as they do outside.
Of course, every yacht owner and guest spends abundant time outside. The Sanlorenzo SL96 Asymmetric has a sundeck for lounging, stretching out, and generally enjoying the day. The swift speeds the yacht should be capable of can truly be enjoyed up here, too. Sanlorenzo says to anticipate a 26-knot top end with the standard MTU package. Upgrade to the optional, more powerful MTUs for a 28-knot top end. As for cruising speeds, the yacht should hit 23 knots with the standard engines and 24 with the optional ones.
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