Italian Stallion, Sanlorenzo SD92 Americas Edition

Posted Date: August 20, 2012     By: Sea Magazine (California, USA)

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Sea Magazine - September 2012 issue
Sanlorenzo SD92 Americas Edition *
By Chris Caswell

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Though the name may not be familiar to many boaters on the West Coast, Sanlorenzo has served as a benchmark to European skippers for more than half a century. The builder has established a reputation for luxurious yachts in fiberglass, aluminum and steel up to mega-yachts larger than 164 feet. 

The Sanlorenzo SD92 Americas Edition, which arrived at Stan Miller Yachts in Long Beach, Calif., over the summer, is a fine example of Italian craftsmanship in the middle of the builder's range, but it is far larger than its length might suggest.

For starters, the SD in its title means "semi-displacement," and with more than 23 feet of beam, it has the sheer volume to easily handle the spacious four-stateroom layout, each with an en suite head. No guest on a Sanlorenzo SD92 will feel like a second-class citizen.

Even more important is that the yard calls it a "navetta," which means "little ship" in Italian. And that's exactly what it is, since Sanlorenzo builds it "with many of the systems and details found in 150-foot and larger yachts.

The SD92 is built to Rina C Maltese Cross certification using high-strength vinylester resins with closed-cell PVC sandwich coring for the hull and superstructure. Like much larger yachts, the SD92 has a structural double-bottom that not only provides storage for diesel and fresh water but also creates an internal waterproof second hull for safety - which should provide some peace of mind during those long crossings its 2,OOO n.m. range affords.

Other mega-yacht-like touches on the SD92 include the extensive thermo-acoustic insulation to suppress both sound and vibration, the lead-foil sandwich materials that encapsulate the engine room, the vibration absorbers the engines and generators are mounted on, and even the soundproofing in the ventilation ducting. The result is a yacht that redefines the word "quiet."

From the outside, this Sanlorenzo is the very essence of classic elegance, with softly curved lines and a graceful sheer. Inside, the decor is by American designer Marty A. Lowe, who clearly has a talent for blending the best of Italian artisans with American demands for function and space. Drawing on the design house of Hermes, the yacht is finished throughout in shades of blue and crisp white for a peaceful and casual lifestyle.

One design feature that will surprise visitors is the owner's suite, which, rather than being tucked on the lower deck, fills the entire forward section of the main deck with a comfortable and airy living space. Surrounded by wrap-around windows, the king-size bed faces forward and otters a panoramic view of the world. The en suite head is large enough for twin sinks, and there is a walk-in closet plus built-in bureaus lining the suite.

Guests have their own deck, accessed by a gracious curving stairwell atrium leading to the lower toyer. The VIP stateroom is aft, and it spans the full beam, giving it the appearance of the owner's stateroom on most yachts.

There is another walk-in closet, a large private head with a shower, plus built-in bureaus and a vanity. Oversized ports on each side provide both light and a view.

Just forward, two mirror-image guest cabins also have been thoughtfully arranged with their own en suite head, hanging lockers, and large windows that add to the cheerful decor.

The Italians appreciate the yachting lifestyle, and the living area on the SD92 blends seamlessly from the teak-planked cockpit through curved sliding doors to the salon with its lime-washed woodwork. A formal dining area for eight is forward, separated by low dividers, while the entertainment area is aft with a wrap-around couch, loose chairs and a pop-up large-screen TV. In the cockpit, four loose teak chairs and a built-in settee surround a cocktail table, all shaded by a bridge deck that has no supports to intrude on the view. For those who crave sun, the foredeck has a wrap-around sunpad and a couch.

The galley is just forward of the salon, and it has been finished and equipped to satisfy the most demanding gourmet.  From the stainless steel counters and appliances to the ample storage, it is restaurant-quality throughout. The galley has a door to the sidedeck, allowing direct loading of provisions as well as service to guests without intruding on the cabin.

Above the galley is the compact pilothouse, with a centerline helm surrounded by panels of navigation and communication electronics as well as systems monitors. The crew area is forward, including a private captain's stateroom with an en suite head, plus a cabin for three crew with another head. There is also a private mess area with a dinette and mini-galley.

The Italians also understand the alfresco lifestyle afloat, and that passion clearly shows on the flybridge, which will surely be the gathering place for guests in pleasant weather. Protected by a fiberglass hardtop from over the forward helm station aft to the dining table for eight, the area is served by a full wetbar to starboard with a sink, a refrigerator and a counter, plus another console to port with a double grill and more storage. Aft, there is ample space for sun lounges.

But, you ask, where is the tender? It is cleverly stored and easily launched from a transom garage that still allows for a comfortably wide swim platform across the stern.

Power for the Sanlorenzo SD92 Americas Edition is a pair of MAN V-12 diesels of 1,200 hp each, which give the yacht a top speed of more than 17 knots and a cruising range of 2,000 n.m. at a comfortable 11 knots. Two 40 kw generators provide power for the four separate tropical-capacity air-conditioning systems with individual controls throughout.

As you'd expect on a yacht designed to be a small ship, the SD92 is equipped with a long list of standard equipment, ranging from a hydraulic variable-speed bow thruster to sophisticated ship-monitoring systems and from a hidden passarelle for boarding to Trac stabilizers.

Because the SD92 Americas Edition is clearly aimed at the North American market, everything from the appliances (Viking, Miele, Wolf) to the impressive Furuno and Simrad electronics are designed for easy serviceability wherever it cruises.

A delightful combination of elegance with a casual lifestyle, the Sanlorenzo SD92 Americas Edition is built and finished to world-class standards.

Put it on your short list, and prepare yourself to be spellbound.


LOA 90 ft., 7 in.
BEAM 23 ft., 6 in.
DRAFT (HALF LOAD) 5 ft., 11 in.
(HALF LOAD) 98 tons
FUEL 4,227 gals.
WATER 660 gals.
HOLDING 264 gals.
TOP SPEED 17+ knots
RANGE 2,000 n.m.@11 knots

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