Megayacht News Onboard: Sanlorenzo SL104

Posted Date: January 09, 2013     By: Diane M. Byrne,

Megayacht News Onboard: Sanlorenzo SL104

At 104 feet (31.7 meters), the Sanlorenzo SL104 is a yacht model competing in a sea of production and limited semicustom offerings. While those other megayachts are certainly suitable for some buyers, there are still owners wishing to put their own imprint on their yachts. That helps explain why the Sanlorenzo SL104 has been selling since its introduction in 2009.

The Sanlorenzo SL104 pictured here reflects a beach-y casual vibe, in keeping with the way a good number of American owners outfit and use their yachts. The biggest emphasis is still on alfresco living and dining, of course, something that megayacht owners share no matter from what country they hail. Marty Lowe, a longtime yacht-interior designer, works with American-based
Sanlorenzo buyers to outfit their yachts accordingly. For this SL104, she selected a mix of loose furnishings aft of the flying bridge’s arch. The setup is good for lounging or sunning, and definitely for keeping casual conversations going. For comparison’s sake, other owners have requested fixed settees and/or sunpads.

The flying bridge is also the place to be for lunch at the dock or at anchor, given this shaded dining spot. Should anyone want more sun, the hardtop has a sliding panel at its center. And speaking of sliding, the serving buffet in proximity to the table and chairs is also the cooking area. Boffi, an Italian kitchen and bath specialist, designed the prep top to slide outboard, revealing a stainless steel sink and a teppanyaki grill.

For more detailed dishes or big parties, the Sanlorenzo SL104’s galley is well outfitted. It may look a bit narrow, and admittedly it is compared to the country kitchens that some 100-foot-range megayacht buyers like. But, it doesn’t suffer from lack of stowage or appliances. Sanlorenzo taps the expertise of a yacht chef to help design all of its galleys. Note, too, the countertop and backsplash, comprised of a fossilized stone. That same stone appears below decks in the crew mess—an area, it’s important to note, that is doubling as the main galley on many other Italian-built megayachts these days.

Should the weather prevent taking meals outside, this Sanlorenzo SL104 has a clever solution inside her bleached-anigre-paneled walls. Rather than feature a saloon-dining room combination, the megayacht has a large saloon in which a settee forward can convert for mealtime, as the image at right shows. The crew (or an owner-operator) can remove the slipcover and slide the cushions accordingly. Back in solely-saloon mode, the room gives no hint that a table tucks away, feeling fully dedicated to relaxation.

Relaxation is on order for this master stateroom, forward on the main deck. The windshield-like port behind the bed and side ports bring in plenty of light. Some Sanlorenzo buyers might prefer the bed be positioned athwarthships, rather than facing aft, all a matter of personal taste. This particular layout helped enhance the feeling of spaciousness amid the 21’3” (7.05-meter) beam.

Despite the seemingly small LOA, this SL104 has two queen VIPs and two twin guest staterooms, one of which contains a pullman berth. In each guest stateroom, rich-hued wenge wood is used for the headboard and door. It strikes a nice contrast against the bleached anigre paneling. Each also has a “magic mirror” TV, as does the master (a television concealed in a mirror and visible only when it’s turned on). For buyers with fewer friends and family coming along on cruises, as few as two staterooms are available. (Imagine the space possibilities in that configuration.)

The captain and crew (the captain getting a single cabin, upwards of four crew being housed in two cabins) can run the Sanlorenzo SL104 from either the raised pilothouse or the upper helm. The raised pilothouse is outfitted as you’d expect, with an observation settee, plus a big chart drawer/table adjacent to the wheel. Sanlorenzo’s corporate captain prefers the outside helm, because it’s good for socializing with guests. Regardless, powered by twin MTU 16V2000 M93 diesels, the Sanlorenzo SL104 can reportedly top out at 29 knots and cruise at 25 knots. Caterpillar C32s are also available.

Sometimes, choice is a good thing.


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