Wallypower58 revives iconic line – and heads to Asia
Set to arrive in Singapore this summer, the wallypower58 renews the iconic wallypower range in Wally’s new era within Ferretti Group, offering ultra-clean hull lines, an enormous beach club, covered dining and ‘magic portholes’.
Words: John Higginson
Photos: Gilles Martin-Raget (Exterior) & Toni Meneguzzo (Interior)
The wallypower58 has an ‘ultra-deep-V’ hull
It’s not often you’ll see a 56ft-plus hull without windows. And Wally is probably the only yacht builder that can get away with it, as shown by its wallypower58, which had its US debut at February’s Miami International Boat Show following its world premiere at last year’s Venice Boat Show. Hong Seh Yachting has since secured the first sale in Asia, with the yacht set to arrive in Singapore by July.
As embodied by the revolutionary wallypower118 launched 20 years ago and series sisters like the 80, 70, 58 (first) and 52, Wally is renowned for its clean, pure hull lines – and the new wallypower58’s double-chined hull is about as pure as you can get.
It reaches 38 knots with triple 600hp IPS800 inboard engines
For starters, there’s no wraparound fender as seen on the wallytender48 and wallytender43 (and their ‘X’ outboard versions), Wally’s first motor yacht models since the brand joined Ferretti Group in 2019. And when the optional and removable guard rails aren’t fitted, the hull lines are as clean and sharp as a knife.
Starting from the vertical bow, you need to look closely to notice barely discernible lines framing the pop-out anchor locker. Run your eyes back along the smooth hull and the first vertical lines you’ll see are the air intakes, reminiscent of shark gills. Just aft are the fold-down bulwarks that transform this open sport cruiser to a beach club extraordinaire.
“For those who appreciate essential, simple and pure lines”
As Luca Bassani, founder and Chief Designer of Wally, says: “The wallypower58 is for those who appreciate essential, simple and pure lines, and who understand how they really want to use a yacht.”
Above the hull, the angular dome made of carbon-fibre and glass is a classic Wally superstructure, fronted by a curved, one-piece windscreen and flanked by curved, one-piece side windows. The pillarless windows offer clear views and reduce blind spots, important when you’re running at close to 40 knots, when the yacht still provides a secure, grounded ride due to the ‘ultra-deep-V’ hull.
The slightly tapered, vertical bow contains the pop-out anchor system
Like the wallytender48, the wallypower58 uses Volvo Penta’s IPS system and features a triple configuration to reduce the engine block size and draft, which is 1.7m.
With the standard 550hp D8-IPS700 engines, the yacht has a top speed of 36 knots and a cruising speed of 30, while the 600hp D8-IPS800s add two knots to each category, with both engine options giving a 320nm-plus range at cruising speed. The IPS system features Volvo’s proprietary joystick manoeuvring, dynamic positioning and Assisted Docking software.
SIDES, STEPS & SHADE
At anchor, this is a boat all about aft deck space and waterside living. Wally is proud of its role in pioneering drop-down sides and the wallypower58’s aft bulwarks fold down beside the aft deck to create a three-sided beach club in a similar layout to the two current wallytender models.
The drop-down sides create a huge waterside beach club
The optional hydraulic aft platform can be submerged at the touch of a button to deploy or retrieve a tender or jetski up to 3.25m or other water toys, while also providing easy access to the water for guests. In addition, Wally’s customary hydraulic passarelle is included as standard, with this retractable portside stairway able to double as a bathing ladder.
Like the wallytender48, the wallypower58 features an adjustable island sunpad, which can be configured to offer multiple lounging options for up to four adults, while it also incorporates a forward-facing sofa for four people. It doesn’t end there.
The island sunpad includes toy storage and can be covered by a stylish electric awning
Underneath is a large toy storage unit that’s accessed via two gullwing doors, while another exciting feature is a striking electrical awning that swings up out of the deck and over the sunpad like the roof of a soft-top car.
The area forward of the sunpads is covered by the hard top and features two symmetrical, parallelogram-shaped bench sofas, which combine with the sunpad’s forward sofa to offer three-sided socialising for up to a dozen guests.
The hard top covers the dining area
By the starboard sofa is a lengthways table that follows the parallelogram theme and has an anti-sliding surface. It can fold out to become a full dining table, with foldable chairs to port completing the set-up.
Forward, the open, full-beam galley is split across port and starboard sections, and allows the owner to select the configuration of the cabinets and spaces from a long list of options including fridges, icemakers, cooking tops and storage.
A personal favourite on the unit viewed was the cutlery and crockery drawers in the counter beneath the two tall helm seats, which are the same type as used on the 89ft wallywhy200 and face twin Garmin screens.
The facing sofas and foldable table follow a parallelogram theme
The adjustable roof features an electric hatch that can open for increased ventilation and the covered area can even be air-conditioned to offer relief against heat. When cruising in chillier climates, the cockpit can be fully enclosed by isinglass.
However, if the weather’s nice, there’s another outdoor area in the bow. The wide, deep side decks include three long steps up to the foredeck, where integrated sunpads wrap around the deck hatch and skylights above the master cabin. Using the foredeck is only advisable when the boat’s stationary, due to the completely flat surface and low bow rails.
WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS
By the helm, forward stairs lead down to an elegant, almost airplane-like interior with a midships zone offered in two configurations. The standard layout features a full-beam, symmetrical ‘double saloon’, where each side has a sofa and stylish, leather-handled overhead lockers. Forward to port is a day head with shower.
Forward view of the full-beam ‘double saloon’ option
The optional layout includes a cabin on the port side. The guest cabin set-up has a double bed aft and direct access to the port bathroom, while the room can also be used as a crew cabin with overhead access via a hatch in the floor of the galley, a suitable option for charter boats and large-yacht chase boats.
In these two-cabin layouts, the saloon contains a single starboard sofa facing a TV screen installed on the port cabin bulkhead. Options for the downstairs area include space for a microwave or fridge. As there are no hull windows, natural light is provided through a long overhead glass panel embedded in the main deck under the windscreen, while the ceiling has strip lights and spotlights.
The lower saloon features a ‘magic porthole’ screen relaying the outside view
And for views? Wally has come up with ‘magic portholes’ on either side of the saloon. These are much larger than the word ‘porthole’ might suggest and offer an interior screen featuring imagery of the exterior as relayed by images from gimbal-stabilised cameras with 4K resolution.
The master cabin is in the bow and features a queen-size bed below a forward mirror and under a deck hatch and two skylights. Both sides of the cabin have the same overhead lockers as seen in the saloon, while there’s a cupboard to port, Samsung TV and starboard bathroom featuring a large, standalone shower room with a wooden bench seat.
The owner’s suite in the bow benefits from skylights
Recent Wally deliveries in Asia include units of the wallytender43 to Hong Kong and Singapore, with the latter soon to also welcome the region’s first wallywhy200 (sold by Thailand dealer V Yachts Asia) along with the wallypower58, offering a spectacular cross-section of the brand’s three motor yacht ranges in the Ferretti Group era.