Published: Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Yacht-builder Sanlorenzo has chosen to embark on a new collaboration with Volvo Penta for the SX series, in confirming that an Inboard Performance System (IPS) model is an ideal choice for its new ‘crossover’ yacht line.

Sanlorenzo Chooses Volvo Penta Ips For Sx Series 

(Photo: Volvo Penta - SX88)

The SX series is a combination of a flybridge and compact explorer yacht, and the first vessel, the SX88, is making its global premiere at the Cannes Yachting Festival.

Italian boat-builder Sanlorenzo has created the first in a new line of yachts that is aimed at transforming boating. The SX88 has only one helm station, in order to maximise space, and will cruise at 20 to 21 knots. 

Design development manager at Sanlorenzo, Luca Santella, explained the concept: “The vision of SX comes from deep knowledge of life on the water. I imagine people sharing with family and friends, all the possibilities of space to live really close to the water – with no barriers between the boat and the water itself.”

Massimo Perotti, chief executive officer and chairman of Sanlorenzo, said the company wanted to create a yacht that had plenty of space for on-board living as well as having the performance of a fast displacement vessel.

He said: “This boat is made for connoisseurs – people who respect the sea and love to go boating; people who like nature and sport and want to interact with the water.”

This boat can be filled with a lot of extra equipment, like a bigger tender, a jetski and items for windsurfing and diving, so that a family and their friends can really enjoy their contact with the water.” 

Sanlorenzo makes several vessel lines, including planing motor yachts, semi-displacement motor yachts, the new fast displacement SX line, and superyachts.

In order to achieve the desired performance and layout space, Sanlorenzo selected triple Volvo Penta D13-IPS1050 to power the yacht of the new ‘crossover’ SX line. 

“We felt that we wanted to be innovative with the propulsion system, and so we chose Volvo Penta IPS because we think this is a smart way to go,” said Perotti.

“It is silent, there is reduced vibration, it is easy to install, and the fuel consumption is very efficient. We also wanted to create something modern, more young and dynamic, and easy to drive without bow and stern thrusters. With just a joystick, you can maneuver and dock the boat, easily.”

Volvo Penta D13-IPS1050 is a complete package, powered by a 13-liter common-rail diesel engine with a twin-entry turbo and supercharger, for low rpm response. Its matched IPS pod features twin forward-facing counter-rotating propellers, for superior grip in the water below the hull.

Volvo Penta IPS links all elements from helm to prop, and the individually steerable pods, directed via the Electronic Vessel Control and joystick systems.