January 5th 2012. By Diane Byrne.

Sanlorenzo SL104: Flexibly Fine

The noted Italian builders continue their tradition of allowing customization with this adaptable yacht.

Sanlorenzo recently celebrated the launch of the fourth SL104 from its facility in La Spezia, Italy. It was more than just a christening with champagne. The occasion marked a certainty in anything but certain times: Despite previous beliefs, megayacht buyers do want to put their imprint on models even toward the small end of the scale.

The Sanlorenzo SL104 is powered by twin 2,400-hp MTU 16V2000 diesels. Cruising speed is 25 knots.

One thing the Sanlorenzo SL104 permits that other yacht builders’ models do not is flexibility in the number of staterooms. The SL104 is available with three to five cabins, including the owner’s suite. The owner of the SL104 that debuted at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in 2011 chose the largest number of staterooms. Naturally, the master is forward on the main deck and a full-beam affair. Because the en suite head is situated fore and aft alongside the sleeping area, the customary walk-in closet wasn’t possible. Rather than suffer, the suite actually gains something because of this: A glass wall separating the sleeping area from the sink and shower area makes for far more light in this master than most. For privacy, the glass outboard can turn opaque.

Two queens and two twins lie belowdecks, one of each forward and aft. The forward twin cabin also contains a pullman. While both forward staterooms are slightly smaller than their counterparts, large windows help brighten the spaces. The same is true of the pale-tone anigre wood used here (and throughout the yacht) and the terrific 6’7” headroom.

The full-beam saloon doesn’t include a dedicated dining area, giving it the feeling of a larger yacht.

Knowing that American buyers enjoy a different style of cruising than Europeans, Sanlorenzo has an Americanization package available for the SL104. To start, the air-conditioning is more powerful at 288,000 Btu, but even this is open to customization. The owner of the SL104 at Fort Lauderdale kicked in another 50,000 Btu, solely to cool the flying bridge, which is also shaded by a fixed hardtop. The flying bridge is where the owner and his guests enjoy all of their meals. The table expands to seat 12 when crowds come aboard.

This means that this SL104 has no formal dining area inside—in fact, there isn’t even an informal one. Instead the majority of the main deck is devoted to the saloon. It works well, making you feel as if you’re aboard a far larger yacht.

Interestingly, the general arrangement still allows for a main-deck galley. This is something that’s unfortunately disappearing from other Italian-built yachts, where the galley is now often situated belowdecks. The SL104 galley benefits from a good-size port, plus a host of appliances unheard of for a yacht of this LOA. Sanlorenzo tapped a professional chef for input: There’s a steam oven, a convection oven, a speed oven, even a tepanyaki grill.

Sanlorenzo 104 specificationsAdditional cooking takes place on the flying bridge, thanks to a grill. If the grill is not in use, a sliding countertop provides excellent space for staging platters. No one will want for a meal aboard this boat.

No one will want for fun cruising, either. The Sanlorenzo SL104 has a reported 29-knot top end, thanks to twin 2,400-hp MTU 16V2000 diesels. TRAC stabilizers that work at rest and at speed smooth out the seas, too.

Sanlorenzo has staked its reputation on building semi-custom yachts that are more custom than you’d think. Given the number of buyers increasingly drawn to its offerings, it’s filling the niche nicely.

For more information, visit Sanlorenzo.



Diane Byrne
Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she contributes to Super Yacht World, Superyacht Business, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and a founding member of the U.S. Superyacht Association.