O is for Opulence

The first Sanlorenzo SD112 has Italian furniture, terraces and circular staircases.

[Sanlorenzo][] ’s company motto says it all: “Made to ­Measure.”  So a test and review of a yacht from this Italian builder is rarely about standard features because, well, the features aren’t really standard. We like to think of Sanlorenzo as an Italian tailor, which made our introduction to O, the name of the first SD112, all the more revealing.

First you should know that the SD112 as a model fills a gap in the company line of semidisplacement yachts between the SD92 and SD122 (which recently was extended to 126 feet). The 112 is an entirely new hull, not a stretched or sawed-off version of an existing mold. And, judging by the casual comments of the captain of our test yacht — which was caught in the Gulf Stream in square-edged 6- to 8-footers on an early shakedown — it’s as seaworthy as it is eyeworthy.

Sanlorenzo’s design team created a profile that, at first glance, appears to be a well-proportioned two-deck yacht, but the SD112 is a trideck with a raised (or lowered) pilothouse and a sumptuous main-deck owner’s suite.

Tanganyika is the wood of choice for O. This extended planked overhang is chic. The master suite in the forward section of the house has great vistas.

The owner of O is an architect who arrived with a sheaf of ideas, and several changes were made from the base layout. For example, the SD series usually has curved doors from the afterdeck to the salon, but this owner wanted more deck space, so fully opening sliding doors were moved closer to the salon, allowing room for a hidden bar as well as a large TV in an open-air salon extension. In the salon, the owner and interior designer Marty Lowe drew from Italy's best furniture companies with Edra, Minotti and Paola Lenti sofas, and placed them within a light-and-bright decor of whites and Penelope Oggi leathers setting off the Tanganyika woodwork. There is no formal dining table, but instead, a stylish table can be placed between the two white couches that sit crossways here.

Those Edra couches are fascinating, using wedge-shaped backrests so guests can sit facing forward (­toward a wall-mounted, 65-inch TV to create a two-row media room) or aft toward the stern. The wedges can also fit sideways, allowing guests to enjoy the opening terraces on each side (see “Open Spaces: A View from the Terrace”). It’s another nod to Sanlorenzo’s versatility, and, though I was prepared to disbelieve, it really is comfortable.

The owner’s suite fills the forward section of the house with entry through a dressing area that resembles a Loro Piana boutique, with stitched suede covering drawers with pull tabs. An Hermès freestanding hat rack accents this area. The master head is paneled in soapstone, including the shower, and the vanity is also soapstone (see “Trending Now: Soapstone”). Three additional items are of note in the owner’s suite. First, the wraparound windows give a 180-degree view forward and to the sides.

The owner’s suite fills the forward section of the house, with entry through a dressing area that resembles a Loro Piana boutique.

Worried about privacy? A discreet stainless-­steel gate on each side deck behind the stateroom windows can be closed to alert the crew. Second is the planking behind the couch forward that gives the effect of a curved ship’s hull, and third is a pantograph door opening to the side deck. This door provides access to a bow sitting area with a table for the owners.

Four guest cabins are on the lower deck and each is en suite, with mirror queen staterooms aft and a pair of twin cabins with pullmans forward, making this a good layout for extended families with children. Access to the lower accommodations as well as the upper-deck sky lounge is via a curved stairwell in the port entry foyer, and at first glance, it is a striking sculpture of polished stainless steel, glass and a three-deck bulkhead of soapstone “bricks” that create an interesting texture. When you use the stairwell, you discover there are no handrails. At all. This was the owner’s design, and Sanlorenzo will of course add handrails on future builds if owners want them.

Trending Now: Soapstone The Background: We first heard of soapstone when the inmate in The Shawshank Redemption made a chess set with it. Interior yacht designer Marty Lowe says we’ll be seeing it more often in galleys and heads, as on the Sanlorenzo SD112. Why it Works: Architectural-­grade soapstone has three enviable properties. First, it doesn’t stain. Second, it’s acid-resistant so there are no worries about spilling lemon juice or vinegar. Third, it’s heat-resistant, so you can put hot pans on the surface. A Little Advice: The resilience of soapstone is why it’s used for science lab counters, but it’s softer than marble, so chefs should use a cutting board. Soapstone usually comes in gray but can be darkened with a few coatings of mineral oil. — c.c.

The pilothouse is three steps below the sky lounge level and separated by a bulkhead to ­minimize distractions. O's captain has a handy office to port with desk, files and a swivel chair, and a settee is to starboard. Aboard this SD112, Simrad electronics in a three-monitor package was the gear of choice, as were CMC electric stabilizers to avoid piping hydraulic fluid through the yacht.

The sky lounge is relaxing, with nubby Angiuoni fabrics on the couches and a planked wood overhead as a reminder that this is a yacht, not some New York penthouse. A partially covered afterdeck has a table for alfresco meals plus access to the flybridge. One of the design features I liked is the faux funnel that provides a good-­looking mount for the electronics while remaining classic in style. Just forward is a spa surrounded by seating and sun pads, while the afterdeck is open for chaises and couches made for kicking back.

If you prefer dinner with a view, the Sanlorenzo SD112’s dining space will put a smile on your face in any direction you look.

Power for this SD112 is a pair of 1,450-­horsepower Caterpillar C32s (detuned from 1,600 horsepower), which reduces the maximum rpm from 2,350 to 2,150. Given reasonable care, these engines should run forever under these loads.

Yet O is no slouch when it comes to speed, topping out around 17 knots and having an extended range of 2,750 nautical miles at 11 knots, giving her long legs for cruising. Construction on the SD112 is superlative, with flawless joinerwork, hand-stitched leathers that practically shout Italian craftsmanship and metalwork that is pure eye candy.

Six SD112s have already been sold, with three of them well into construction, which in Sanlorenzo terminology means they’re currently being “made to measure” for their future owners.