Maximizing volume and thereby making better use of deck areas for leisure is driving decisions in yachting today. Wally is the latest to offer a megayacht model as a solution. The Wally WHY200 claims to give you 50 percent more living area than similar-size motoryachts, along with more benefits.
Set for her formal premiere in September, the yacht measures 89 feet (27 meters), with a volume of 200 gross tons. For perspective, that gross tonnage characterizes much larger motoryachts, some around 135 feet (41 meters) LOA. Equally noteworthy, the yacht’s load-line length is just under 79 feet (24 meters), so she adheres to different operational costs and requirements. Stefano De Vivo, Wally’s managing director, says, “Through the WHY200, we are challenging preconceived notions of what a yacht should be and how it can be used.”
The primary way the Wally WHY200 gains volume and the extra usable space is through a full-beam (25-foot/7.66-meter) saloon. Specifically, it encompasses 656 square feet (61 square meters). The master suite (below) benefits from the full beam, too, forward on the main deck. In terms of measurements, it’s 398 square feet (37 square meters). The location and dimensions are yet more notable differences for a yacht of her size. Luca Bassani, Wally’s founder and chief designer, credits advances in carbon fiber construction, as well as collaboration with Laurent Giles’ naval architects. “Imagine the feeling of waking up to uninterrupted 200-degree views through vast windows in the bow, as if you are floating above the water,” he says.
Overall, 2,153 square feet (200 square meters) of internal relaxation and entertainment areas characterize the WHY200. The options include three or four guest staterooms below decks, a galley below deck or on the main deck (like a show kitchen, too), and three cabins for up to five crew.
Of course, the team, which includes A. Vallicelli & Co. for interior design, also provides a beach club for owners and guests. It has fold-out sides for more enjoyment. The glass-enclosed sky lounge, meanwhile, additionally includes Wally’s first enclosed bridge. And, two garages handle tenders and toys.
Tank tests helped finalize the WHY200 hull design. Wally says Volvo Penta IPS propulsion should deliver a 20-knot cruising speed for more enjoyable travel between destinations. The same propulsion system is proven to be fuel efficient as well, benefitting, for example, relocation trips by the crew.
“We took a step back and asked ourselves why owners of yachts in this size bracket love spending time on their vessels, and how this could be improved,” De Vivo says. “Space and time are two of the most important factors on everyone’s wish list.”
A. Vallicelli & C. vallicellidesign.it
Laurent Giles laurentgiles.co.uk