ome yachts blend into the harbor like everyday scenery. Others make an impression that’s memorable no matter how many harbors they visit. The Sanlorenzo SX88 is the latter. Her exterior has a commanding profile. Her forward half resembles an oceangoing explorer vessel with a near-vertical axe bow, a metal-capped knockdown rail that wraps around the bow, and a hard chine that begins halfway up the bow stem and rakes aft. Configured to control the pitching of the yacht as well as spray, the design is geared to bust through waves with an easy motion. The superstructure’s styling is also dramatic. Corners and edges are softened to blend with the overall curves and flowing fore-aft lines. A single-pane, reverse-raked forward window — atypical on recreational yachts — juxtaposes the vertical rounded flybridge windshield. The sheer line sweeps aft to the stern, ending in arches that flank the swim deck. Cleverly, the port arch is also a davit for the water toys. Enjoying the outdoors is designed into the SX88 in other ways too. The foredeck has a U-shaped settee with twin tables. Split sun pads on bow boxes double as stowage for fenders and lines, and they may be the best seats in the house. Not only are the side decks wide enough for walking without twisting or turning your body, but the gunwales are angled outward a few inches, giving extra space to those, like me, with healthy girths.