August 27th 2013. By Diane Byrne.

Sanlorenzo SL104: Swift, Sleek, Semi-Custom

Sporty, sleek styling characterizes the Sanlorenzo SL104.

Some shipyards have had trouble during the recession selling flying-bridge-equipped planing yachts, but seemingly not Sanlorenzo. While the Italian builder employs a variety of styles plus three major hull materials, the eight-model-strong SL series, fiberglass yachts with a good turn of speed, remain the bulk of the offerings. Equally important, Sanlorenzo’s entire SL series is semi-custom. (Read our story about hull #4, Sanlorenzo SL 104: Flexibly Fine.) You wouldn’t expect semi-custom in something as “small” as the entry-level SL62, and, if you’re familiar with the megayacht market, you wouldn’t even expect it of the Sanlorenzo SL94, nor the Sanlorenzo SL104.


Note the sharp rake of the bow, and the contrasting color of the fixed hardtop and navigation instrument mast. They all fit well with the yacht’s reported 29-knot maximum speed and 25-knot cruise speed, powered by twin MTU 16V2000 M93 diesels. Caterpillar C32s are also available.


The aft-deck seating/dining area aboard the SL104 gets put to good use, far more than the interior dining area. See the stairs forward to port, beyond the open smoked-glass door? They lead to the flying bridge. With the door closed, there’s the illusion of a full wall of smoked glass.


For times when the owner does prefer dining inside, Sanlorenzo designed this creative table. It emerges from a settee cushion, so when it’s stowed, the majority of the SL104’s 23-foot-wide main deck is devoted to lounging, TV watching, and the like. Buyers can, of course, opt instead for a traditional combination saloon-dining area.


The galley in the Sanlorenzo SL104 is a bit narrow, an L-shaped area tucked to port on the main deck. However, it is still on the main deck; some other Italian builders relegate the galley below decks. Sanlorenzo also works with professional yacht chefs to ensure needed—and desired—equipment is installed, and counterspace is good. That’s fossilized stone on the backsplash and countertops.


One of the nicest surprises aboard this Sanlorenzo SL104 is the forward-most port in the master suite, on the main deck. Other megayachts in this size range usually don’t have 180-degree views here. Once again, remember that each SL104 is open to customization, so you can reposition the bed, or even make the area an extra lounge, with a settee snugly situated forward, and put your stateroom below decks.


To find two VIPs plus two twin staterooms aboard a 104-footer is another nice surprise. This SL104 equips one of the twins with a pullman berth, too. For buyers who like to treat their friends and family like royalty, Sanlorenzo can lay out the below decks for just two guest staterooms, or with four queen beds.


The floating staircase to the raised pilothouse is yet another example of Sanlorenzo’s flexibility with the layout of the SL104. Some owners have requested traditional stairways tucked behind bulkheads. This floating setup is a nice architectural element. You also get a good sense of the contrast between the bleached-anigre paneling and the rich-hued wenge wood soles used throughout the yacht.


Loose furnishings allow for a good deal of flexibility on the flying bridge. This SL104 emphasizes lounging, sunning, relaxing, and chatting. Huge sunpads, a mixture of settees and sunpads, and more are all options that can be explored. Sanlorenzo showcases some of them on the SL104 section of its website, as a starting point.


The hardtop of the Sanlorenzo SL104 has a sliding center section, so keep it open or closed depending on your mood. If you enjoy frequent entertaining, there’s room for a larger dining area. The buffet you see aft of the table was designed by Boffi, an Italian kitchen and bath specialist. The prep top slides across to port, so your stews and chef can access a teppanyaki grill and a stainless steel sink.

Specifications: LOA: 104’0” • Beam: 23’1” • Draft: 6’6” • Displacement: 125 tons (full load) • Fuel capacity: 2,193 gallons (approx.)

There’s a lot to be said for putting your own style on your yacht. After all, you know how you like to live and play on the water better than any builder can conceive. There’s also a lot to be said about a builder that offers semi-custom construction at a level that goes well beyond merely picking wall paneling, in a size range that is increasingly becoming fully production. The trick, of course, is allowing a good deal of freedom yet not so much that buyers do themselves in. Sanlorenzo, and its SL104, strike that balance.

For more information, read our review Sanlorenzo SL104: Flexibly Fine, or contact Sanlorenzo.

Diane Byrne

Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the daily updated website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she also contributes to Yachts International, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the U.S. Superyacht Association.