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Sanlorenzo SL86

Sanlorenzo SL86

Koenig’s First Take:
An elegant, 86-foot Italian motoryacht that can hit 32 knots on the pins? Something tells me Sanlorenzo isn’t going to have to spend a lot of time finding takers on this one.

I really have a hard time imagining how the new SL86 from Sanlorenzo won’t be a hit this boat-show season. For one thing, just look at her. Her designers, Officina Italiana Design, did an excellent job with this vessel’s lines. That’s a truly racy profile for a boat of this size and type. Plus, when matched with that big, dark windshield that covers her pilothouse like the visor on a knight’s helmet, those lines leave a very big impression on anyone that sees her.

Indeed, with this boat, Sanlorenzo attempted to create nothing short of a piece of art. One place where those ambitions really shine through is a floating glass staircase that runs from her main deck up to a lavish, swept-back flying bridge. That ghostly staircase is the kind of detail that should set this boat apart in a particularly competitive market segment where potential owners demand not only well-built boats, but also want to stand out from the crowd.

Another way the SL86 will carve out some space for herself is with her speed. This 86-footer should be able to perform as well as a much smaller, much lighter boat. That’s in large part thanks to a pair of beastly 1,947-horsepower MTU 12V2000 M94s churning away in her engine room. Those powerful engines will have her up and on plane, with the possibility of hitting a spritely 32 knots with the hammer down. That’s a speed that will make people’s ears perk up. And it’s also a claim we may just need to put to the test someday very soon.

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  • Builder: Sanlorenzo
  • Model: Sanlorenzo SL86
  • Year: 2015
  • Base Price: Upon request
  • LOA: 87'9"
  • Draft: 6'3"
  • Beam: 20'9"
  • Displacement: 164,000 lb.
  • Fuel Capacity: 2,219 gal.
  • Water Capacity: 449 gal.
  • Standard Power: 2/1,947-hp MTU12V2000 M94s

This article originally appeared in the October 2015 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.