Rational, understated, traditional, classy—Sanlorenzo builds some handsome craft, and has perfected the knack of making its yachts look modern without any suggestion that their designs will date. There’s a sense of dependability that customers relate to. Carla Demaria, who after ten years at the giant Beneteau Group recently moved to Sanlorenzo to work alongside Max Perotti, her old friend from their years at Azimut, is amazed by what she found: “Client loyalty is incredible,” she told me. “We have customers who are on their fifth or sixth Sanlorenzo.”

You might imagine that a company with that kind of relationship with its customers would have at least one hand tied behind its back when it comes to trying something new, but no. This is the shipyard that invented the fold-down balcony, after all. In 2018 it introduced the radical concept of asymmetry in its SL102A—but did it with such subtlety that unless you look very closely indeed you would never know.

Now it’s the turn of the SL96A. Asymmetry is not a gimmick, but a practical and sensible approach to layout that makes this substantial yacht easier and safer to get around for both guests and crew. It’s not at all obvious at a casual glance, but stand on the well-furnished foredeck, look aft, and it all becomes clear. To port, the side deck leads up and along to a gate in the flybridge by the upper helm; to starboard, you are led down to main deck level, past the doors to the master cabin and galley, and aft to the cockpit. This brings benefits to the main deck, too: Both the salon and the master cabin extend all the way across to the port side, increasing their floor area by around 100 square feet. Glazed cutaway sections of the gunwales forward help to bring daylight into the master, augmented by a forward-facing skylight over the berth. In the salon, meanwhile, a section of gunwale alongside the port picture window can be lowered to improve the view when at anchor.

Sanlorenzo SL 96 Asymmetric

Sanlorenzo SL 96 Asymmetric

It’s not just the palatial main-deck master suite that lends super yacht appeal to the SL96A’s layout. The two-cabin, four-berth crew accommodation is down in the bow, and reached via the galley on the starboard side. A short internal companionway amidships leads up to the raised wheelhouse, while the main companionway from the cockpit up to the flybridge is encased in a cool glass-sided stairwell in a corner of the salon.

With the owner’s cabin upstairs, the midships VIP suite on the lower deck stretches across the yacht’s full 22-foot beam, with a roomy shower and head and the large dressing room arranged along the aft bulkhead, providing extra sound insulation between the accommodation and the machinery space. The two twin-berth guest cabins forward are modest by comparison, but are both fully ensuite. Of course if you prefer, the enormous VIP can be divided longitudinally into two identical guest cabins, turning the SL96A into a five-cabin yacht.

The interior design of this first SL92A was a bold and breezy confection involving quite a lot of stripes by Laura Sessa, while the external lines were carefully crafted by the Zuccon studio. Supplied as standard with two MTU V12s, the SL92’s engine room is also designed to accommodate the V16s, which add another 538-hp between them.

Sanlorenzo SL 96 Asymmetric

Sanlorenzo SL 96 Asymmetric

Sanlorenzo SL 96 Asymmetric Specifications:

LOA: 95’ 4”
Beam: 22’ 2”
Draft: 6’ 4”
Displ: 220,458 lbs. Fuel: 2,734 gal.
Water: 396 gal.
Cruise speed: 24 knots
Top speed: 28 knots
Standard power: 2/1,947-hp MTU 2000 V12
Price: Approx. $8.1 million

Sanlorenzo SL 96 Asymmetric

Sanlorenzo SL 96 Asymmetric

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