After more than 25 years of creating some of the world’s most revolutionary new designs, Wally Yachts have created an innovative compact superyacht that measures just about 80-feet long but delivers the comfort and space of a much larger yacht.
It’s called the WHY200, the latest motor yacht to come from the team headed by the Wally Yacht founder and legendary chief designer Luca Bassani alongside Ferretti Group’s Engineering department, with naval architecture from Laurent Giles NA and interior design provided by A. Vallicelli & C Studio.
And as you can see, the design challenged the preconceived notions of what a yacht should be and how it can be used. “It is a platform that can be enjoyed by the whole family or groups of friends, without compromise,” commented Stefano de Vivo, Wally Managing Director. “In keeping the yacht registration under 78-feet we have been able to optimize the costs of running and berthing, while still providing the space and volume benefits of a much larger vessel thanks to its innovative full-wide-body design.”
By absorbing prized space conventionally used for exterior walkways into a unique, full-beam salon, the WHY200’s 656 square feet open-plan contemporary living area is increased significantly. Being 50% larger than most salons found in the yacht’s category, the expansive space benefits from a structural central carbon fiber staircase, linking the accommodation on the lower deck to the upper deck’s stunning glass-encased sky lounge.
Meanwhile, superior technology has allowed the design team to create an enormous (398 square foot) owner’s suite that provides lucky owners with 200 degree views through vast windows. “It is a genuine marvel to behold, we are especially proud of what has been achieved with this revolutionary layout”, commented Luca Bassani, Wally Founder and Chief Designer.
Recognizing a shift in owner preferences to reduce exposure to the elements while enjoying the outdoor environment, Wally has also provided ample protection from the sun, wind and rain across it’s 1,550 square feet of exterior decks.
Of course, being closely connected to the water is why people buy yachts like this! And my guess is the WHY200’s fold-out wings that expand the beach club area to superyacht sizes with access to the sea on three sides is going to be a big hit. It also has two concealed garages, that provides unprecedented storage capacity for the yacht’s size category, ingeniously stowing a four-meter tender and numerous water toys.
And since today’s fast-paced schedules allow less time for extended trips, the speeds offered by conventional full displacement yachts can restrict cruising plans. And faster semi-displacement hulls have an environmental and economic impact as well as usually require a compromise on living space to reduce their weight.
The WHY200 is Wally’s Hybrid Yacht. It’s optimized for both full- and semi-displacement cruising, it sits perfectly between the voluminous but slower full displacement yachts and the faster semi-displacement yachts. And by combining advanced naval architecture and an adaptive multi-propulsion system, the WHY200 has been designed to cruise at 20 knots in hyper displacement mode, providing more time to explore further afield and to reduce duration underway between anchorages or trips into port. And when speed is less important than efficiency, the yacht also performs economically in long-range displacement mode.
“We always strive to push the limits of what is possible in yachting, and in doing so look to pave the way for the next 20 years,” says De Vivo. “Designing the WHY200 has been a genuinely exciting process. 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. Space and time are two of the most important factors on everyone’s wish list, and I believe we have delivered these in abundance on the WHY200,” concluded De Vivo.
The WHY200 will debut at the Ferretti Group Private Preview in Monaco at the beginning of September 2021.