FrontRunners: Massimo Perotti

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Massimo Perotti was a happy man during this past fall’s Monaco Yacht Show. The chairman and CEO of Italian boatbuilder Sanlorenzo ( was at the event to unveil two additions to the firm’s line of semicustom yachts. Sanlorenzo recently opened a division in Viareggio, Italy, and that yard’s first model is the 91-foot Sanlorenzo SD92. “What we want to do,” Perotti said, “is create a sense of well-being like you would experience at home.” He appears to have accomplished this goal with the SD92, a $10 million, round-stern vessel called a navetta that can hold eight guests and four crew. The semidisplacement yacht achieves 21 mph and has a range of approximately 2,300 miles. Perotti also debuted the Sanlorenzo 40 Alloy, a 126-foot, $16 million aluminum craft with a planing hull and more muscle than the SD92: It reaches 32 mph. Certain aspects of the 40 Alloy’s exterior styling (such as its narrowed-eye-like windows) could be construed as menacing—a trait that might appeal to security-conscious boaters.

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