Star Attraction at FLIBS 2012

Posted Date: October 18, 2012     By: Sun Sentinel Newspaper, By Steve Waters

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...With Sanlorenzo Yachts, you can buy one of the models the Italian company has on display at the show or build one however you like. The only limitations are your imagination and your bank account balance.

The company, which has its United States office in Fort Lauderdale, builds yachts from 62 feet to more than 150 feet at its two shipyards in Italy. Once a client selects a size, everything else is the client's choice.

"We've never built two yachts exactly alike," said creative director Alastair Callender. "Every single one is totally tailor-made to each client's specifications."

You can decide how many cabins you want and where you want them, so instead of four cabins, you could have two cabins, a gym and a sauna. You can have a formal dining area or a lounge and your choice of kitchen styles and appliances. And it's up to you what type of wood, stone and fabric you want. If you welcome suggestions, Sanlorenzo has experienced in-house designers to help.

Four Sanlorenzo yachts are berthed on the face dock at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center: a 72-, a 94- and a 104-footer with planing hulls and a 92 with a semi-displacement hull. Base prices run from $4.87 million to $12.22 million.

The company's boats, which were first built in 1958, have a reputation for their quality and attention to detail, which is possible because Sanlorenzo builds only 20-30 yachts a year.

The 104 won the Italian Design Award for Innovation and the 94 won the Environmental Protection Design Award for its many green features and was also selected as the Boat of the Year in the superyacht category at the Genoa International Boat Show.

All four of the Sanlorenzos at the show have expansive flybridge decks that are suitable for casual entertaining and dining. Instead of having tenders and davits on those decks, the tenders are stored out of sight in a garage at the stern.

Each interior of the boats on display is different and can be adapted to each model.

"If someone's only looking for a 72-foot yacht," Callender said, "we'll take them on the 94 and the 104 to show them the options."

For example, the 94 has a relaxing lounge in the salon with a bar, sink, refrigerator and icemaker in cabinets adjacent to the entrance, hand-carved stone throughout, a Zen garden, leather-covered stairs and a bed that faces the stern in the master stateroom.

Those interested in seeing the boats can call ahead (954-376-4794) or make an appointment at the show.

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