Wally develops larger wallywind sailing superyachts
The Ferretti Group brand has developed the wallywind130 and wallywind150, with the latter boasting a remarkable aft owner’s suite with seaside terrace.
Wally has released the first renderings of its wallywind130 and wally150 sailing superyachts, which follow the announcement that the first wallywind110 is under construction.
Luca Bassani, who founded Wally in 1994, heads the brand’s in-house design team, which has developed the new models with Germany’s Judel/Vrolijk for naval architecture and Italy’s Santa Maria Magnolfi for the interiors.
Both models are entirely built in carbon-fibre composite, so are light enough to start sailing in light winds and have huge speed potential. True to Wally tradition, the models have a clean, sleek exterior with a sheerline that runs from the plumb bow to the open ‘terrace-on-the-sea’ transom, dipping at the last moment.
The foredeck is totally free of obstacles or features that could challenge the eye, while the low profile, glass-set coachroof barely troubles the exterior lines.
Stefano de Vivo, Managing Director of Wally, said: “Wally is re-affirming its sailing roots with the launch of these designs. Alongside the wallywind110, the wallywind130 and wallywind150 represent the pinnacle of carbon composite construction for blissful cruising and exhilarating racing.
“We liken the boats to the Gran Turismo cars – powerful and supremely comfortable. I believe these are the best round-the-world sailing machines ever created.”
The design of the bulwarks is such that the coachroof hides a huge, raised saloon that flows smoothly into the cockpit without a single change in levels.
At least three social zones occupy more than a third of the boat’s length to create an entertaining space that is unparalleled on yachts of this size. Among them is the ‘terrace-on the sea’ that Wally pioneered in 1998 with Tiketitan.
Twin helm stations are discreetly positioned just inside the raised bulwarks, with sail controls and navigation displays set midships, although there’s barely a rope to be seen.
Wally’s original Magic Trim system means the main and self-tacking jib are set and adjusted at the push of a button, using hidden hydraulic rams, while there are large, custom-made spinnaker sheet winches on the quarter.
Wallywind150 foredeck lounge and tender garage
Beneath the foredeck is a tender well for storing a generously sized tender – up to 4.5m on the wallywind130 and 5m in the wallywind150. On the larger superyacht, this well doubles as a forward guest cockpit that can be converted into a cushion-lined dining area or lounge. In the transom, the hydraulic passarelle stows flush and can be angled up to the quayside or down for elegant access to the water.
The full carbon lay-up ensures exceptional hull stiffness, rapid acceleration and great response on the helm. Full pre-preg vacuum lamination with careful post curing at 85°C ensures flawless lamination and reduced weight.
A retractable keel system allows both yachts to switch from performance to shallow-waters cruising mode, while the twin-rudder setup balances fingertip control under way with easy access. A variable pitch propeller provides thrust under power while folding under sail to offer almost no drag.
Bow and stern thrusters round out the manoeuvrability of the new wallywind line, which uses Wally’s underwater anchor launching system to keep the purity of the lines around the bow and move the weight aft to reduce pitching.
Central to both boats’ design is Wally’s ‘double deck’ layout, which puts the key social areas up under the spectacular coachroof, combining carbon ribs with vast curved panes of glass and delicately lit panels. The result is a panorama that takes in the whole horizon, plus the sails overhead.
Below decks, both the wallywind130 and the wallywind150 offer comfortable accommodation for guests – up to eight in the 130 and 10 in the 150. The 130-footer gives the owner the choice of a cabin forward or right aft, where the broader beam allows facilities including a private TV lounge and a vast his-and-hers bathroom.
On the wallywind150, the cabin is always aft to provide access to the owner’s private cockpit, which can be left open to maximise alfresco living or closed off to create an indoor/outdoor space between the owner’s quarters and the exterior.
With room for walk-in wardrobes, a private office and multiple seating areas, the breathtaking owner’s suite is more akin to those found on 200ft yachts. The TV or playroom forward can also be easily converted for kids or a nanny to create a fifth cabin.
Bassani, Wally’s founder and Chief Designer, said: “The wallywind150 is the natural evolution of the Wally144 Kauris IV launched in 2020. It includes some Wally iconic features, such as the cockpit protected by the high bulwarks, the terrace-on-the-sea and the raised saloon
“On the other hand, it also introduces a few more revolutionary features such as the forward guest area, which doubles as a tender garage when not in use, a truly private owner’s terrace aft, and a new interior layout to enhance flexibility for the owner.”
Finish is a matter of taste for the eventual owner, but Wally’s renderings show what can be achieved with the sort of clean, natural styling for which the brand is famous. Teak, fine woods and neutral upholstery combine to create a sense of space, wellbeing and casual sophistication.