Superyachts and tenders star at Dusseldorf’s Boot 2020


Sanlorenzo’s new superyacht the 29.1-metre SL96 and the main deck from Princess Yachts’ X95 were among the star attractions in the Superyacht Halls at the Dusseldorf Boot show last week.

Making its debut at the show, the SL96 is the latest addition to Sanlorenzo’s SL series and is slightly smaller than the original SL102. Designed by car designer Chris Bangle, the luxury yacht is one of the largest boats displayed at the show and can reach a top speed of 28 knots with a cruising speed of 24 knots.

Sanlorenzo says that the yacht’s asymmetric design is intended “to create new life scenarios with a better connection to the outdoors”. The asymmetrical configuration of the SL96 retains only the side decks on the starboard side, giving an additional 10 sq metres of interior space. There is room for up to eight guests in four staterooms, all with en suite bathrooms. The lower deck includes two guest cabins and the VIP suite. The master suite is located between two levels with the bathroom and sleeping area on the main-deck and the dressing room on the deck below.

Mock up of the main deck

Some superyacht watchers had been hoping Princess would unveil its new X95 at the show but had to content themselves with a full-scale mock-up of the main deck transported from the builder’s facility in Plymouth, ahead of the vessel’s launch this spring.

The main deck will have a variety of different layout options including the choice between a forward master cabin boasting a 270-degree view or an extended saloon option with a central island and dining table at the forward end of the deck.

Two MAN v12 diesel engines will give the X95 a top speed of 24-26 knots. The luxury yacht has a fuel capacity of 13,400 litres and a bow that extends the waterline forward to give the X95 a dynamic cruising range.

Interior Design Show for Superyachts

This year’s show included a new feature: The Interior Design Show for Superyachts, reflecting owners’ preferences for increasingly luxurious interiors. Laura Sessa, interior designer for the SL96, said: As an interior designer, it is important for me to translate the customer’s requests into an elegant and harmonious design, in the name of harmony between exterior and interior. I develop every project in close liaison with the owner, following every phase of the project, from the start to finish.”

Meanwhile, the nine-day show – which claims to be the world’s largest in-door boat event – attracted more than 125,000 visitors in the first week. Now in its 51st year, the show caters for buyers looking to invest in all types of watercraft from superyachts and their accompanying toys to dinghies.

The Dusseldorf Boot show took place between January 18th to 26th.