Wally has earned a reputation for powerful cruisers that are equally suitable for racing. Now part of the Ferretti Group fold, it’s introducing a semi-custom superyacht taking the concept up a notch. The Wally 101 promises relaxation areas more like a larger yacht. Plus, she incorporates a lifting keel, the Wally Magic Keel, that doesn’t affect living areas and can detach in case of grounding.
The Wally 101, so-named for her 101-foot (30.8-meter) length, comes from the mind of Luca Bassani, Wally’s founder. He collaborated with Pininfarina for styling, and Judel/Vrolijk for naval architecture. The profile includes a funnel-shaped glass roof over the low-profile deckhouse.
Although the design team is still finalizing details, you can expect a few things. First, the Wally 101 offers more alfresco areas than similar sailing superyachts. In fact, Wally claims nearly 629 square feet (58.4 square meters) of deck space from the aft sunning area to the deckhouse entry. It’s nearly 59 percent more than what Wally says similar-size sailing yachts offer. The Wally 101 offers single-level deck space, too. For safety, the cockpit bulwarks are about 20 inches (50 centimeters) high.
More space awaits inside the yacht as well. This comes from a generous 23’9” (7.3-meter) beam and flexible general arrangement. Six to 12 people can stay aboard, in three to five staterooms. Similarly, four to six crewmembers can stay aboard. For example, with four staterooms, you can have a saloon and a gym. With three, you can add a kids’ playroom, or office, or other suitable space. The combinations are up to you. Regardless, you further get a garage for a 13-foot (4-meter) tender.
The combinations in the cockpit, such as tables and sunloungers, are further up to you. They remove for racing. Speaking of racing, the Wally Magic Keel aboard the Wally 101 offers several advantages. For instance, it allows draft to vary upwards of six and a half feet (2 meters) while on the course. Since the saloon is raised, the keel doesn’t impact it when you’re relaxing. Feeding your competitive spirit, the Wally 101 should see an upwind speed of 12 knots in 12 knots of breeze, with a 75-degree tack. The builder pledges 20 knots downwind, too.
However, if you’ll cruise more than you’ll race, the Wally Magic Keel still benefits you. Although draft figures aren’t available, the builder says shallower waters will be accessible. And, a “dumping feature” is incorporated to keep you safe in case of grounding.
Judel/Vrolijk & Co. judel-vrolijk.com