SanLorenzo’s noble tradition continues with the 52 Steel

Focus — 06.03.18 BY Steve Chalmers
 

Sanlorenzo’s relationship with the Middle East spans many years and includes seven yachts sold to one Royal Family. With the launch of the first 52 Steel, we expect to see the Arabian Gulf affinity intensified.

It is quite possible for anyone with deep enough pockets to emulate the much loved ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, when it comes to vehicles. His white G63 AMG is one of Dubai’s unofficial icons and the influx of both citizens and expat residents heading to the Mercedes showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road for their own G-Wagon, has made Dubai the joint largest market in the world for the big off roader, according to Mercedes’ chairman.

When it comes to yachts it’s rather more difficult to replicate Sheikh Mohammed. His first choice, M/Y Dubai, is the fourth longest superyacht in the world at 162 metres, and needs a lot more maintenance than an oil change and a coolant check, as her crew of 88 will affirm. However, our ruler’s other yacht, a Sanlorenzo 40 Alloy, although still mega exclusive, does bring the royal lifestyle within reach of the average millionaire. Just to emphasis the fact, there is another Sanlorenzo berthed in the same small marina as the Sheikh’s 40-metre Alloy.

So, Sanlorenzo’s influence in the UAE market is obvious and with the launch of the first 52 Steel, we can expect see it being further cemented, as the five-deck superyacht is arguable one of the finest Sanlorenzo has ever created. Built for a respected Belgian owner, Seven Sins was delivered earlier this year by the Sanlorenzo Superyacht Division, which is set to become one of Italy’s – and the world’s – most prolific yacht builders.

The bold modern silhouette has a raked hull, flowing back into an intricate superstructure.

 
 
Exterior design

Fashioned by Mauro Micheli and his team at Officina Italiana Design, Seven Sins visually manages to portray the lines of a much larger megayacht, while coming under the magic 500 gross tonne threshold. A bold, thoroughly modern silhouette has the raked hull flow back into an intricate superstructure design, which allows unobstructed views of the ocean from the interior, while keeping a sporty look, emphasised by metallic gunmetal grey detailing of the flybridge.

Solidifying Seven Sins’ mini-megayacht design is the rear deck. Far too expansive to be described as merely a cockpit, the 52’s largest outdoor entertainment area features a glass-bottomed pool, surrounded by sunpads, with a sofa and tables forward. What we do like here is Officina Italiana Design’s bold move to shorten the upper deck, which keeps pool-dwellers in constant connection with the sun. We’ve never fully understood covered swimming pools.

Beach club

Down below, the glass bottom of the swimming pool now turns the beach club into an atrium, with the refracted light beaming down on the loose furniture and teak floor.  All is not as it seems though, as the Sanlorenzo Superyacht Technical Department has incorporated four hydraulic struts into each corner, which lift up the teak floor allowing the beach club to be flooded and turned into a float-in garage for the tender. A float-in garage is not a particularly new innovation, but Sanlorenzo’s execution is virtually undetectable when you’re supping an orange juice on the swim platform, or gazing out to sea on one of the lowered lateral terraces. With the foredeck lounge adding a more relaxed setting for Seven Sins’ guests, there’s a definite feel that the 52 is an outdoor yacht.

 
1. The useful fold down balcony, with sunbeds.
2. There is a wide range of shaded and sunlit seating areas.
3. Light floods through the swimming pool into the beach club.
 
Interior

As each Sanlorenzo is a semi-custom build, the interiors can be tailored to the owner’s personality and, having seen a number of the owner’s previous yachts, we were expecting a safe, traditional wood and fabric look. However, Seven Sins is far from classic. Officina Italiana Design has given the main salon a very modern look and feel, using a light and dark colourway that feels like a modern New York penthouse, but with a subtle Japanese twist.

Heading forward we pass through the main deck lobby (which features a glass exhibition case displaying the owner’s chosen artwork) and into the owner’s suite. The suite consists of a private office, colossal full-beam cabin and a magnificent en suite, which features marble selected from the same area as Michelangelo sourced his stone.

Below decks, Seven Sins’ guests are hosted in six cabins, with 10 staff assisting them in their needs. The 52 layout ensures the crew’s service and operational duties can be conducted without unnecessary guest interaction – a handy design trick perfected by Sanlorenzo over its 60 years of yacht production.

Back in the lobby we head to the upper deck, which features the wheelhouse forward and the upper deck lounge aft. Here, a central bar services the dining table to port, with a sofa to starboard perfectly placed for flopping down after a hearty meal. Should the weather be just right, guests can dine al fresco on the upper deck terrace, which, unlike the swimming pool below, is covered for the comfort of diners.

Up on the sundeck, a selection of loose furniture allows guests to either bask in sunshine, or dine under the radar roof. Either way, whatever can’t be prepared at the bar, can be called up via the dumb waiter.

Conclusion

The 52 Steel is the largest superyacht launched to date by Sanlorenzo and it features everything a flagship of the range should. Modern interior and exterior design; a refined full displacement hull with a 4000 range and a feature-packed aft deck lounge and transformable beach club give the 52-metre the presence and feel of a much bigger yacht. Seven Sins now sets the bench mark for the steel and aluminium yacht sector

 
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