After more than 25 years of creating some of the world’s most revolutionary new designs, Wally Yachts has created an innovative compact superyacht that measures roughly 80 feet in length but offers the comfort and space of a much larger yacht. .
It’s called the WHY200, the latest motor yacht to come out of the team led by the founder of Wally Yacht and legendary chief designer Luca Bassani alongside the engineering department of the Ferretti group, with naval architecture by Laurent Giles NA and interior design provided by A. Vallicelli & C Studio.
And as you can see, the design challenged preconceived notions of what a yacht should be and how it can be used. “It’s a platform that can be enjoyed by the whole family or groups of friends, without compromise,” commented Stefano de Vivo, CEO of Wally. “By keeping yacht registration under 78 feet, we have been able to optimize operating and berthing costs, while providing the space and volume advantages of a much larger vessel through to its innovative widebody design.
By absorbing the precious space traditionally used for exterior walkways into a single full-beamed living room, the contemporary open-plan 656 square foot living space of the WHY200 is dramatically increased. Being 50% larger than most lounges in the yacht category, the expansive space benefits from a central structural carbon fiber staircase, connecting the lower deck accommodation to the magnificent glass sky lounge on the upper deck.
Meanwhile, superior technology has enabled the design team to create a huge owner’s suite (398 square feet) that gives the lucky owners 200-degree views through expansive windows. “It’s a real wonder to see, we are particularly proud of what has been achieved with this revolutionary arrangement,” commented Luca Bassani, Founder and Chief Designer of Wally.
Recognizing a shift in homeowners’ preferences to reduce exposure to the elements while still taking advantage of the outdoor environment, Wally has also provided ample protection from sun, wind and rain on its 1,550 square feet of outdoor decks.
Of course, being closely connected to the water is the reason people buy yachts like this! And I guess the WHY200’s folding wings that widen the beach club area to superyacht sizes with three-sided sea access are going to be a big hit. She also has two concealed garages, which provide unparalleled storage capacity for the yacht’s size class, ingeniously stowing a four-meter tender and plenty of water toys.
And as today’s fast schedules leave less time for extended voyages, the speeds offered by conventional full-displacement yachts can restrict cruise plans. And the faster semi-displacement hulls have an environmental and economic impact and generally require a compromise on living space to reduce their weight.
The WHY200 is Wally’s hybrid yacht. It is optimized for full displacement and semi-displacement cruises, it sits perfectly between large but slower full displacement yachts and faster semi-displacement yachts. And by combining advanced naval architecture and an adaptive multi-propulsion system, the WHY200 has been designed to sail at 20 knots in hyper displacement mode, providing more time to explore further and reduce the time between anchorages or trips. at the port. And when speed is less important than efficiency, the yacht also operates economically in long range travel mode.
“We are always striving to push the limits of what is possible in yachting and in doing so we seek to lead the way for the next 20 years,” says De Vivo. “The design of the WHY200 has been a truly exciting process. We took a step back and wondered why owners of yachts of this size love spending time on their ships, and how it could be improved. Space and time are two of the biggest factors on everyone’s wish list, and I think we’ve delivered them in abundance on the WHY200, ”concluded De Vivo.
The WHY200 will debut during the Ferretti Group private preview in Monaco in early September 2021.