Sanlorenzo SX88

The Italian builder gives American buyers a taste of the Med with features more at home in the U.S.

At 87 and a half feet long, the Sanlorenzo SX88 Americas Edition qualifies as a superyacht, but the SX88 is a bit difficult to nail down as one kind of yacht or another. It’s more of a crossover between a flybridge motoryacht, an expedition yacht and a sport or express yacht (and maybe a tinge of wakesports boat).

Its high bow protects a social zone that consists of a C-shaped settee around a table, and from there the bulwarks slope subtly downward as they move aft to a cockpit that is big, open and versatile. Underway, the 323-square-foot area can accommodate a 15-foot tender and a PWC. With the tender and PWC deployed — using a davit that is hidden in the bulwark/handrail — the area can host multiple tables and chairs. Then, a section of the cockpit — aft, middle, about half the width — can be lowered into the water to create a submerged beach. A built-in ladder deploys as the platform lowers.

Up five stairs to either side is the upper cockpit, with a table for up to eight people, and through two doors in an all-glass bulkhead is the Sanlorenzo SX88’s main cabin, where owners can opt for a salon aft and a master stateroom forward or an open plan throughout. Either way, massive windows dominate.

Belowdecks are four or five cabins and, depending on the main-deck arrangement, the galley.

The flybridge includes the only helm (a doublewide driving seat has an identical companion to port), a large L-shaped settee, a bar with three stools, an entertainment center and two large settees aft with chaise lounge options. The hardtop covers the forward half, and there are options for a full or partial enclosure.

A stout fiberglass hull is complemented by a carbon-fiber superstructure, and triple Volvo D13 IPS1050 diesels provide a top speed of 23 knots. The Sanlorenzo SX88 Americas Edition comes with an American standard 220v/60 Hz power system and many other features U.S. boaters demand, including full AC, two 29 kw gensets, VHF with U.S. channels and much more.

Stan Miller Yachts (stanmilleryachts.com) is the West Coast Sanlorenzo dealer.

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