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Sanlorenzo to Debut 500EXP at Monaco Yacht Show

Evolving from its highly popular EXP line, Italian yacht builder Sanlorenzo is set to stun the yachting community with an extended vessel – meaning its longer on luxury and larger on adaptability.

The beautifully crafted 47.2m yacht has an extended aft deck offering the ability to land a small helicopter, in addition to an increased toy carrying capability.

Due to be unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show 2018 from September 26-29, the vessel retains the trademark Sanlorenzo stamp of the EXP’s style and volume of the advanced superstructure toward the bow, while reflecting its extreme care for aesthetics and timeless architecture.

The 500EXP, reflecting its gross tonnage of 500GT, is a result of the Italian shipyard’s long look and analysis of the popular Explorer and Expedition Vessel range, for those discerning ship owners who love sailing independently to far-flung destinations.

Powered by MTU 8V 4000 M63 engines, the vessel can reach top speeds of 16 knots and can accommodate ten people and eight crew.

An indoor garage can accommodate a tender up to 7m, while additional openings increase the beach area significantly to foster a complete connection with the sea.

Sanlorenzo’s new E-Motion technology allows the yacht to be propelled by a full diesel-electric power source combined with lithium batteries and cutting-edge power management software.

This allows the yacht to function in greater silence and enables the yacht to visit areas previously inaccessible due to environmental regulations.

The first unit, Ocean Dreamwalker III, was launched in May at Sanlorenzo Superyacht‘s site in La Spezia to coincide with the company’s 60th anniversary. The vessel was floated following a Buddhist ceremony to reflect the traditions of the young Chinese ship owner.

Three more 500Exp vessels are being built at La Spezia’s shipyard, one of which is an Ice Class for a Dutch owner.

The 500EXP will help redefine the superyacht’s role as a luxury vessel that embodies the spirit of adventure and suited to cruise around the planet.

Andy Probert

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