The latest arrival from this highly traditional Italian yard, the Sanlorenzo SL86 has a surprising amount of tricks up its sleeve

It’s fair to say that there was a lot of expectation surrounding the launch of the Sanlorenzo SL86, after all its predecessor, the SL82, had been a part of the Italian yard’s portfolio for more than 20 years.

So when it was announced at Dusseldorf back in January that Sanlorenzo was replacing the SL82, it was big news.

Eight months later, and the newcomer was on the water, just in time for the 2015 Cannes Yachting Festival.

Sanlorenzo SL86 - ForedeckThe SL86 sees Sanlorenzo partner up with Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta of Officina Italiana Design, the team responsible for styling most of the modern Riva collection.

This new hull is 9ft (2.5m) longer than the SL82 and that extra space allows for plenty of new ideas. Foremost of which is the class-leading 41m2 flybridge, which can be covered by a slatted bimini and fitted with an optional hot tub.

Sanlorenzo SL86 - StaircaseThis area is connected to the main deck by an internal “floating” staircase (pictured right).

Sanlorenzo has pulled off this clever effect by suspending the wooden steps between two chunky panes of glass, which not only adds to the wow factor, but also increases the amount of light coming into the saloon.

But the design tem’s quest for a bright saloon doesn’t end there, as the SL86 also features a cutaway sheerline, meaning guests can get a great view of the sea, even when seated.

In terms of layout there are two main options: either with an enclosed galley on the main deck, just behind the helm (as is popular on the American market) or with a galley set down in the bow-end crew quarters to leave an open-plan saloon.

Below decks accommodation includes a full-beam master suite (pictured below), a VIP double and two twin cabins, all of which get their own en-suite heads compartment.

Sanlorenzo SL86 - Master cabinThe garage is large enough to house a 12’7” (3.85m) tender, but for those with a larger dayboat, the bathing platform can be extended from 1.2m to 1.6m to take a 14’7” (4.45m) tender, leaving the garage free for PWCs and other water toys.

A C-shaped foredeck lounging area with its own removable sunshade completes the layout of the Sanlorenzo SL86.

Three MTU engine options are being made available, for a top speed of 28-31 knots and a cruising speed of 23-26 knots.

Sanlorenzo has said that the standard set by the SL86 will trickle up to all of its planing GRP range, so what we have here is not just a highly desirable motoryacht, but also a blueprint for Sanlorenzos of the future.

To see more pictures of the Sanlorenzo SL86, click on the slideshow above.