2022 Sanlorenzo SL78 Review by Aquaholic

“A Very Interesting Layout”

Credits: Nick Burnham


This is a 2022 Sanlorenzo SL78. It’s a really intriguing layout, so I’m going to take you on board this one, and we’re going to do the full tour. We’re going to start here, and I’m going to tell you about the garage because this will lift up. It’ll take a tender that goes across-ways, and what happens then is the tender slides out onto these tracks or onto this platform. The platform then lowers down into the water, and that’s how you launch the tender. Obviously, the same in reverse to put it away again.


But we’ll head on in. We’re at a fairly busy boat show. That’s not true. We’re at a very busy boat show at Fort Lauderdale down in Florida, so we’re going to push on with this one. Currently, we have a clear run of the interior, so I’m going to take you inside and show you everything. But we’re doing the full tour. We’re doing the crew cabins as well, the engine space, the deck area. It’s a lot, and we’re starting here.

This is very Sanlorenzo, very light, very bright, very contemporary. That looks great, doesn’t it? We’ve got a TV that slides out here [across the saloon seating], so rather than going up and down, it retracts [horizontally]. And then there’s a sideboard [below the TV], so your crockery and that sort of thing can live in there. There’s a fridge in there as well and so forth.

Now what’s interesting is that the access to the flybridge or the upper deck is from inside. There’s nothing out here. So, where those feet are appearing [Nick laughs], that’s where we’re going to go up. But we’ll go down first of all, I think. I’ll show you the lower deck, and then we’ll loop around and up through the yacht.


So what we’ve got down here is this [lobby]. Again, it’s all very light and bright and contemporary, isn’t it? Let’s go right forward, first of all. This is a decent size in here, isn’t it?

Look at this [forward cabin], how nice is that? That works well. And if we come over here [door on the left side of the bed], ensuite is in here, shower and the loo. That’s a nice cabin, isn’t it? We’ve got a TV hidden behind the mirror [across the bed], and there must be some storage somewhere. It looks like there might be some storage here [cabinet on each side of the bed], and the wardrobes, I’m guessing, are down on the lower level. Here we go [Nick opens the wardrobe] like so, [wardrobe automatically lights up] Oh, there we are, illuminated, very nice.

“This boat has four cabins, each with an ensuite, a wardrobe, and ample storage, plus a single crew cabin with two beds.”

If we head on back [lobby] a bit, we’ve got a cabin on either side, so this one is a twin. Wardrobes are behind here [cabinet door across the cabin door]. That’s the AV equipment up at the top that links up to the TV that’s behind the door. And then this cabin has its ensuite here [between the wardrobe and TV].

And if we cross over, we will discover a similar deal: twin beds, wardrobe behind the door, ensuite, and the shower compartment with a big rainfall shower. Lovely.

And then if we come back again, we’ll find the fourth of the cabins down here, and this is the owner’s cabin. Look at this, full beam of the boat. So the footprint here is huge, big wardrobes on either side. [opens the wardrobe on the left side, then laughs, realising it has a small wardrobe due to the stairs.] Smaller wardrobe on this side, of course, because that’s where the stairs go up. It’s clever, isn’t it? The way they fit it all in. Bigger wardrobe on the other side, I’ll show you that in a second.

Dressing table is in here [next to the wardrobe], a bit more storage, and then in here [next to the dressing table], a very nice ensuite. You would expect that, wouldn’t you, in this kind of cabin, and you would get it.

Bedside tables, storage behind here [next to the dressing table], mirror here [across the ensuite]. And if we go all the way around, that’s your full-size wardrobe there. But beyond that, an actual walk-in wardrobe, look at that. It’s nice, isn’t it?


All righty, okay, let’s go and have a little bit more of a look at the main deck. There’s more to show you. I want to show you the crew area as well, and then we’ll head on up. It’s an intriguing layout on this one. Circuit breakers in there [cabinet along the stairs], very good. All right, up we go.

We’ve got the dining area here [main deck], and then we can come forward. Day head is on this one; you don’t always get day heads on a sub-80ft boat on the main deck, so that’s a nice thing to find. This is rather lovely, lower helm position with this little area here [starboard]. That’s a nice little spot to have a bit of breakfast, isn’t it? I like that very much.

And then the galley is up here [helm area] as well. So we’ve got a lot of refrigeration. If I open it from the right side, it would definitely help. That makes more sense to open it from that side, to be fair, doesn’t it? Cooking is here [next to the fridge], sink, dishwasher, usual kind of thing, glasses, and crockery and so forth.

“There’s a day head on this one, which you don’t always find on sub-80ft boats’ main decks – What a nice thing to find.”


And then down here’s [companion doorway] crew cabin. As I said, she is a sub-80ft boat, so we’ve just got the two crew beds on this one in the single cabin, and that’s in here, like so. Decent size there, window in there [next to the beds] as well. And then they’ve, of course, got their own wardrobe here [next to the foot of the bed] and ensuite that’s got a separate shower as well, which is excellent.


Okay, that, I think, pretty much covers off the lower deck and the main deck. I mentioned that the access to the fly was inside, and this is it. Side access door is here [behind the helm], so you can go straight out onto the deck from here, but this is the way up [stairs next to the side access door]. It’s not at the back as you normally find on this size of boat. Now, this slides [flybridge access door], and this is the flybridge.

Hardtop on this one, and you’ve got these louvres which you can angle, so you can have them much more upright to get more light through. You can bring them down completely flat and have that with no light coming through at all or anywhere in between.

And then we can come right back. We’ve got dining up here [port side] and sunbathing at the back. And because you don’t have the access down at the back, this is right across the full width. Normally, you go about three-quarters of the way across and then you have the stairs down. So that does increase the size of that quite a bit.

“The flybridge has adjustable louvres that can be angled to control the amount of light”

There’s a bar area on this side [starboard side]. We’ve got the Bimini up as you can see at the moment, giving this some shade, much needed today. And this is what we find in here [bar area]: the barbecue, the sink, the ice maker, storage, and no doubt there’ll be a fridge in there somewhere as well, and there it is [next to the storage].

And the other thing we have up here is another helm position [port side]. Now, this has got this clear glass that goes in, it’s like a flexible glass, I think. Isinglass is what it often gets called, I think that’s actually a brand name, but it’s that kind of stuff. So you’ve got the helm seat here [port side], and then this [Isinglass} you can take out. You can see we’ve got one panel in and one panel out, so you can have that all out if you want to, or you can enclose this if you prefer. And that’s basically repeating what we saw downstairs. So steering, throttle controls, the multifunction displays, all that kind of thing, and the view out from here, pretty darn good. Superb.

I am going to keep going because, as I say, it’s a busy Boat Show, and we’re going to have people coming on here shortly. I like this little sunbathing area next to it [helm]; you can see how that folds flat. And these are nice steps, actually. They’re not too steep at all. In fact, they’re not steep at all. Let’s just close that behind me ’cause it’s air-conditioned down here. It will be blasting out otherwise. That’s the day head [across the stairs], and I think we can go out this way [side access door]. So, if we head aft, that takes us back down to the cockpit where we came on. But we’ll go forward because I want to show you everywhere on this one. And everywhere includes, of course, the foredeck.


Another lovely social area up here on the bow. Again, we’ve got the Bimini up above it, giving it a bit of shade. And we’ve got the electric anchor winch and the bollards. This foredeck teak looks lovely. That’s how she looks from here [bow angle]. So, we’ve got the windscreen covers on now [lower helm], but that’s where the lower helm was. And then the flybridge helm we saw is up there [port side flybridge]. And we can come right around the whole boat. This is the same on the other side. You can walk right down the full length using this.


So, the only thing we haven’t seen then is the engines. Let’s take you down there. So, if we trundle across to this side [starboard of the saloon door] and this little door here, it’s not the engine access [Nick laughs]. Right, good. Let’s spin around and try the one on this side [port of the saloon door]. 50/50 chance [Nick continues to laugh]. There we go [Nick descends the stairs to the engine room], perfect.

Alrighty, engine space. They put these engines on V-drives. What that means is the shafts come up, go underneath the engines, go through a V-box, and the drive comes back. And the engines sit on top of the shaft. The reason they do that is to position the engines further back in the boat. If you had them in the conventional way with the shafts, gearboxes, engines, the engines would be further forward and you wouldn’t get that beautiful big owner’s cabin in. So, that’s why this has this setup, and it works well.

What you’ve got in here is a pair of MTU V10 engines. They are 1,622 horsepower each, and they’re giving this boat about 22 knots flat out. She’ll cruise around 18 and give you about 300 miles at that speed. As ever, with this kind of boat, if you drop that speed right back to displacement speed, so maybe 8 or 9 knots, you’ll probably triple that range, get up more towards 1,000. If you want to go fast, you have to pay, I’m afraid.

“It has a pair of MTU V10 engines, each with 1,622 horsepower, giving the boat a top speed of 22 knots.”

We’ve got the generators up here, twin generators, engine vents over here [next to the generators]. And then, this is the garage. Obviously, you can’t see it as it is on the other side of the boat. Yeah, you can tell it’s nice. I mean, why can’t you? Look at this, it looks perfect.

And you’ve got some of the electrics controls over here. This is interesting. This is a Glendinning System. What this is, is the shore power cable. These shore power cables are huge, thick, heavy things. They’re very hard to handle. So what’s been developed in this Glendinning System is that it’s powered so you can actually hit a button and wind that out and wind it in, rather than having to try and coil it up. And as it coils up, it coils itself inside that bin. That’s a very, very useful feature. It makes your life an awful lot easier. Superb, you even have access to the operating system of the boat here as well. That’s very good. Okay, we’re going to come out of here. We’ll close that one back up.


And I think just for the sake of completion, we’ll take a stroll up this side [foredeck through the starboard side] because then we really have been everywhere, haven’t we? Because that is the door [side access door] that we came out of when we came out of the accommodation and went forward. So, you’ll recognise this. We’ve been here before.

There we go. And that, my friends, is the Sanlorenzo SL78. That is a very interesting layout. I’m curious to hear your thoughts on that one. But I think that’s pretty damn smart. Massive thanks to HMY Yachts. They have this one for sale, and they organised this tour. I’ll put a link to those guys in the description. And of course, massive thanks to all for watching. Let me know what you think of that, and we’ll catch you on the next one of these real soon. Take care. Bye-bye!

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