Sanlorenzo launched its new SL102 Asymmetric yacht design during the Cannes Yachting Festival in September of this year. Since then many other experts have started a series of debates around the ship’s supposedly innovative concept.
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This model was the result of a collaboration between American designer Chris Bangle and Zuccon International Studio. The ship sports a wide body design, the single side deck being matched on the opposite side. It’s also to note that the boat’s guest accommodation is lined up with the bulkhead. The living area is expanded by around 25 square meters, allowing it to have larger windows.
The interior design was left at the hands of brother and sister Bernardo and Martina Zuccon. The duo of designers had the challenge of preserving the Sanlorenzo DNA with an innovative design while being able to effectively hide the asymmetry so that it wouldn’t be visually unsettling.
In an attempt to rethink the well-established layout of a yacht by keeping the deck only on the starboard side, and carrying the portside deck on the roof of the structure, it seems that the main goal regarding this asymmetrical configuration is to try and recover around 108 square ft of its interior space.
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British designer and engineer Clifford Denn has been showing himself very confident regarding the yacht’s concept, despite wanting to deal with issues regarding fendering, cleaning, and crew-circulation. Denn has suggested pushing the design further to go “full beam on the other side” and also to not try to hide the asymmetry that characterizes the ship.
However many other experts have questioned the novelty of this yacht. Naval architect Perry Van Oossanen states that the majority of boats are asymmetrical to some extent. YachtZoo broker Guy Marchal has also stated that despite loving the design there were other shipbuilders that have tried asymmetrical designs past works.