She can not deny being the heir of an experimented yard
Yacht Class n°7 (dec-jan-feb 2017)
Announced in 2015 as the replacement of the 72', the SL76 arrived in Cannes with two additional feet and the initials SL78 proudly displayed on her sides. She fulfills with brio her role as the new entry-level of this range. And, as our test proved it, she is the proud heir of this famous brand…
Text : Alain Brousse - Photos : D.R.
As the second builder of units over 24 metres in the world, the Italian shipyard Sanlorenzo can show some serenity. And so did it in Cannes, whilst remaining cautious about the future. Massimo Perotti, president and owner, explains these good results partly by the commitment to renew the range as often as possible, while remaining true to Sanlorenzo's DNA. Of course, many other aspects contributes to the company good health. In all cases, the SL78 was highly awaited in Cannes. And under no circumstances, we would have declined the invitation to climb onboard. First, we stand reassured ! The silhouette of this 24 metre is in perfect harmony with the "spirit of the house", positively displaying innovant and timeless lines. Keep in mind that a Sanlorenzo seeks to preserve her personality and appreciates recognition. And the SL78, penned by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta from the famous studio Officina Italiana Design, is no exception.
The hull, designed by the in-house research and development department, belongs to the "planing" category, propelled by traditional thermal diesels with shaft line. It only takes a glance in the engine room to appreciate the accurate fitting of her 2 x 1 520 hp (MTU 10V2000 M93). Note that the SL78 is equipped with a pair of submerged fin electrical stabilizers (CMC SE40 Electra). In contrast with the gyroscopic system, only efficient after a 30-min "warm up", these models immediately reduce to a large extent the heel at a standstill (Zero Speed). Her 3 040 horsepower rev up to her top speed : 29 knots at 2 450 rpm. However, the high levels of consumption on the navigation screen led us to opt for the cruising speed : 20,5 knots at 2 000 rpm, which gives the boat a 261 miles range. For a greater autonomy, the owner will need to opt for a larger fuel tank, which can have negative impacts on efficiency. Finally, regarding noise level, the SL78 is within the average with a decibel range between 54 and 62 dBA. And they are the most discreet in the wheelhouse, in the front part of the main deck. Note that this three-deck also has an outdoor helm station on the flybridge, fitted with a double bench and a rather complete dashboard. This place is also partially protected by a electrically-powered hardtop, made of aluminum blades, that can let the sunrays through, including on the dining table for eight - a design model that only lacks a central leg to avoid vibrations in high revs. Facing it, we discover a tasteful kitchen cabinet in teak, not in white polyester as most of the time. As a matter of fact, this exotic marine wood is omnipresent on the fly, which can host on its aft a jacuzzi.
As we safely reach the foredeck (large gangways and balcony at a correct height), we discover an area of relaxation, popular for a snack or sunbathing sessions, with a vast solarium and a lounge with a height-adjustable table. Conviviality is also on the menu in the cockpit with its sofa and its coffee table, entirely protected by the flybridge. On demand, this place could easily act as an outdoor dining room. The interior layout reminds us of the SL106. Despite windows starting from the first third of the height up, the room is bathed in natural light. This configuration made it possible to fit a low piece of furniture on starboard and a comfortable sofa on port side. The dining room for eight is located near to the partition separating this place from the independent kitchen and its two entrances. Naturally the contemporary decoration, almost minimalist here, remains at the request of the owner. We will mainly assess the high quality of the materials and their shapes, a priority for Sanlorenzo. Sitting on the saloon sofa, our eyes appreciate the fine and aesthetic structure of the glass staircase leading to the flybridge. It faces more traditional steps that go to the lower deck where are gathered all the cabins. Let's head first to the full-beam master with its bathroom "running" along the port side shell plating. The WC and the walk-in shower are independent and concealed while the two washbasins, underneath the portholes, are hidden by a sliding door. This layout allows space to be saved in the hull lengths, which also hosts a double cabin and two twins, plus the small crew area (two bunk beds). The shipyard also propose a master with the bathroom behind the headboard, but at the expense of the fourth cabin that becomes much smaller.
In conclusion, the SL78 brings new touches through her details (exterior and interior design). But first of all, she is a fine example of the high competence of the shipyard regarding conception, realization, comfort and discreet luxury. She was one of the revelations of this 39th Cannes Yachting Festival.
- Overall length : 24,64 m
- Max beam : 5,74 m
- Draft : 1,80 m
- Fuel : 5 100 l
- Water : 1 500 l
- Displacement : 66 tonnes
- Material : polyester
- Engine : 2 x MTU 10V2000 M93
- Power : 2 x 1 520 ch (2 x 1 115 kW)
- Max speed : 29 knots
- Cruising speed at 2 000 tr/mn : 20,5 knots
- Price : 4 799 999 euros H.T
- Naval architect : Sanlorenzo
- Exterior designer : Officina Italiana Design
- Interior designer : Officina Italiana Design
- Builder : Sanlorenzo Yachts
- Importer : Sanlorenzo France & Monte Carlo