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Summer 2006

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Fabio Petrone


Among Italian shipyards that may be called the absolute top, inasmuch as their production well represents the best in Italian style, we must certainly include Sanlorenzo. This market positioning is indubitably due to Giovanni Iannetti, for a long time the firm's "deus ex machina", because in the range of motoryachts launched by the Ameglia yard he always succeeded in expressing not merely luxury but real exclusiveness. He achieved this through absolute customisation but also with attention to detail in each individual model, typical of high craftsmanship, reproducing on board a level of well being absolutely in line with what we all perceive in our own homes. A mission which is currently being continued to the full by Massimo Perotti, a manager with a distinguished track record in the national shipbuilding sector who took over the yard in 2004 with another long standing top level sailing business operator, Roberto Zambrini.


LOA: 26.75 metres
Beam: 6.75 metres
Displacement (half load): 84 t.
Number of beds for owner and guests: 8 in 4 cabins
Crew's quarters: 4 in 2 cabins
Engines: 2 x MTU 2000 M91
Power: 2.000 HP at 2350 rpm
Invertors: ZF 2555 V
Maximum speed: 30 knots
Cruising speed: 26 knots
Generators: 2 x 27 kW
Air conditioning capacity: 180.000 BTU
Fuel tank: 10.400 litres
Freshwater tank: 2.000 litres
Italian Shipping Register (RINA) Certification: Pleasure craft class 100-A-1.1-Y.

For information: Sanlorenzo, Via Armezzone 3 - 19031 Ameglia (SP) Italy - tel. +39 0187 6181; fax +39 0187 618316 - website: - email:

Restricted production, high quality boats in composite, reliable hulls, maximum customisation of the interiors, design that never goes out of fashion and in turn is little influenced by trends so is rarely subject to restyling. These are some of the guidelines Iannetti laid down for Sanlorenzo, some of the reasons behind its success, the thread linking the yard's past and present under the aegis of continuity. Massimo Perotti, today virtually at the helm of Sanlorenzo, has undoubtedly brought something of himself to the firm, for example a more business oriented and up to date management, and an important opening up to greater internationalisation of the brand (he has reached an agreement with the American firm Viking Custom Yacht which will market the Sanlorenzo range in the States), but he is also steering the yard towards its debut in the semi-displacement composite yacht sector and, even more significantly, the sector of large vessels in steel and aluminium, planing hulls up to 50 metres LOA. But he certainly has not intervened, and will not do so, to upset the very essence of the brand, an asset that is too precious on the national yachting scene to be squandered.

We had tangible evidence of this in observing the Sanlorenzo 88, a boat that has recently undergone considerable updating although in comparison with the previous model there has certainly been no revolution in appearance or content. To ensure maximum continuity with the past and to underline a clear belonging to the Sanlorenzo range, the Studio Della Role of Viareggio was brought in, the yard's usual partner, which came up with a design that is absolutely never extreme, indeed it is decidedly classic though expressed in a topical style. So there is little rotundity in the lines of this motoryacht, a slight exception being made for the lateral uprights (well integrated into the whole, both in the open fly version and the one where the upper deck is protected by a hard top) and aft in the form of the ship's sides and the access stairs to the bathing platform. Much thrust is also given by the contrast between the light-coloured surfaces and the dark ones of the deckhouse, which streamline the side view while equally highlighting the slightly raked effect of the upper deck, a solution which gives a sporty aspect to the whole, suggesting the presence of an internal mid-deck wholly dedicated to the vessel's indoor command bridge.

We go aboard by way of the cockpit, which is vast and protected by the structure of the flying bridge above. The model we saw - and whose interiors we show here - is construction N° 459. As with all Sanlorenzo yachts there is an exploitation of space and a furnishing that are absolutely bespoke with regard to the owner's needs and tastes, representing a fine example of how the yard can satisfy its customers. In this case, take the cockpit: a large oval table with six chairs and a sofa placed athwartship, along the transom. The interior design may be defined as essential, emphasising a twin-tone approach that is perpetuated in practically every environment, playing on the contrasts and nuances of well matched colours as represented by the upholstery. Twin-tone therefore as leitmotif, used also to highlight the form of light-coloured furniture, emphasised by the use of dark profiles.

Like the whole main deck, with the exception of the galley, the saloon has wenge flooring. Going in you find a vast living area with a low table, armchairs and poufs, and L-shaped sofas in feather-filled fabrics. The two volumes opposite, which is to say on both sides aft, create a fine symmetry. When they are opened, by means of retractable vertical doors in solid wenge, they reveal light-coloured American maple furniture that creates continuity with the other saloon furnishings. There is also a 42" Sony plasma TV. Forward we come to the indoor dining room, this time with a rectangular table and seating for eight.

Lighting on this deck and on the lower one, where the night zone is concentrated, has been executed with great care. Over and above direct lighting with classic spotlights there is a sophisticated play of indirect light from optic fibre sources which, for example in the saloon, are oriented towards a parabola in light-coloured wood, a sort of diffuser that illuminates the space in a very natural way.

Over and above the landing and the always handy daytime bathroom, positioned just beyond the stairway that leads to the lower deck, the rest of this deck includes the large galley, created by Schiffini in a dark wenge type wood with granite flooring. From here there is direct access to a service dinette on the starboard side and then, by means of a stairway leading right to the bow of the lower deck, to the crew's quarters which consist of two cabins with bunk beds and private bathrooms.

The owner's and guests' night zones are all on the lowest deck, the owner's being slightly decentred aft, full beam with a central double bed, a sofa along the port side and a dressing table on the starboard side, with a walk-in wardrobe and a large bathroom with double washbasin and separated toilets and shower. Here, as in the other bathrooms, wenge is used, with tops and floorings in white Turkish Aiflon, therefore a further contrast, as in the cabins. There are three guest cabins, all linked, as is the owner's suite, by a corridor in light coloured Sisal. Two are practically identical, with twin beds, wardrobe and bathroom, while the VIP cabin forward is slightly smaller than the owner's but with fairly similar furnishings.

As we said, the bridge is on a mid-deck with the helmsman's seat in a central position. The vast dashboard includes every possible accessory for constant monitoring of this superyacht and its course.

Going up again we come to the flying bridge - the photos here refer to another vessel and are therefore different (Ed.'s note) - and this deck too is very spacious. It houses the tender and handling davits at the aftermost point. Slightly forward, in a central position, there is a large C-shaped dinette and, on the starboard side, a well-furnished bar, then the outdoor bridge, not so extensively equipped as the other but highly complete. The area is rounded off by a spacious rectangular sundeck, set against the port side. Somebody once said that a fine vessel can be judged by its engine room. The Sanlorenzo 88's seems to be really well executed. Accessible from the transom by means of a watertight door, it comfortably accommodates two powerful MTU 2000 M91 engines with an overall 4.000 HP that give the Sanlorenzo 88 a maximum speed of 30 knots and a declared cruising speed of about 26.