January 29, 2021

Project: Wally 27-meter WHY200

 

What happens when you take the living space and lifestyle advantages of a 33-meter superyacht and fit them into a vessel that is 27 meters? The outcome is Wally’s exciting new WHY200, the latest compact super yacht to come from the visionary team headed by chief designer Luca Bassani at the renowned Monegasque brand alongside Ferretti Group’s Engineering department, with naval architecture from Laurent Giles and interior design provided by A. Vallicelli & C Studio. After more than 25 years of creating some of the world’s most revolutionary yachts, Wally has turned its attention to the compact superyacht market in creating the WHY200, which measures 200 gross tons and can be registered under 24 meters load line length but conveys the comfort and space of a much larger displacement yacht alongside the speed advantages of a semi-displacement yacht. By absorbing prized space conventionally used for exterior walkways into a unique, full-beam salon, the WHY200’s 61-square-meter 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 fibre staircase, linking the accommodation on the lower deck to the upper deck’s stunning glass-encased sky lounge. Additionally, an informal show kitchen can be fitted as an optional layout. The numbers speak for themselves in showing why this yacht is so remarkable. The WHY200 provides more than 200 square meters of indoor living space, including a 22-square-meter upper deck interior and a 100-square-meter main deck interior. The lower deck has a typical footprint for the yacht’s length, given over to three or four double guest cabins, but the crew and service quarters have the largest capacity for the class, with the galley and three cabins for up to five crew members spread over 32 square meters. Recognizing a shift in owner preferences to reduce exposure to the elements while enjoying the outdoor environment, Wally has provided ample protection from the sun, wind and rain across its 144 square meters of exterior decks. An extended pillarless overhang above the main deck aft and flanking glass panels provide shelter to the alfresco dining and lounging area, which has unobstructed views on three sides and seamlessly flows into the main salon past sliding full-height doors. This extended overhang translates to a larger upper deck aft, too, offering space to recline on sun-loungers or sit at the shaded dining table. Through a large sliding door, guests make their way into Wally’s first enclosed bridge, encompassing the wheelhouse and sky lounge, which are stylishly encased in glass with a carbon superstructure that echoes the clean, angular aesthetic of the brand’s legendary Wallypower motor yachts. Access to the foredeck is provided through side doors in the wheelhouse. Of course, fun in and on the water is a key attraction to the yachting lifestyle, and the WHY200 brings this in abundance. Fold-out wings expand the beach club area to the kind of magnitude seen on a superyacht, spanning 32 square meters with access to the sea on three sides, creating a whole new level of enjoyment at the waterline. With not one but two concealed garages, there is unprecedented storage capacity for the yacht’s size category, ingeniously stowing a four-meter tender and numerous water-toys. Beyond the lure of the enhanced living space on board, the WHY200’s adaptive performance capabilities are compelling. The WHY200 is the first Wally Hybrid Yacht: optimized for both full- and semi-displacement cruising, it sits perfectly between the voluminous but slower full displacement yachts and the restricted but rapid planning yachts. Combining advanced naval architecture and an adaptive multi-propulsion system, the WHY200 has been designed to cruise at an impressive 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, for example during relocations made by the crew, the yacht also performs economically in long-range displacement mode. In terms of naval architecture and engineering, the WHY200 meets all the expectations that come with the respected Wally name. Statistically, guests spend more time on yachts when they are at anchor than underway, so a roll-free at-anchor experience is essential for comfort on board; with its stable, beamy hull complemented by both fin and gyroscopic stabilizers, the WHY200 is as steady as they come. After exhaustive testing at the Solent University’s towing tank in Southampton, UK, the yacht’s functionally-led hull form has been optimized to deliver a comfortable experience at a wide range of speeds, thanks to the close collaboration between Wally, Ferretti Group Engineering and Laurent Giles naval architecture studio. And as one of the foundations for the WHY200’s design concept, its Volvo pod propulsion system is central to delivering an engine room that maximizes living space on the lower deck, while also providing easy and safe manoeuvring from the helm. The WHY200 will debut at the Ferretti Group Private Preview in Monaco at the beginning of September 2021.

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