WINNING THE SPACE RACE WITH THE 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 motor 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 NA and interior design provided by A. Vallicelli & C Studio.
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. 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 sunloungers 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. Of course, fun in and on the water is a key attraction to the yachting lifestyle, and the WHY200 brings this in abundance.
Beyond the lure of the enhanced living space on board, the WHY200’s adaptive performance capabilities are compelling. As today’s fast-paced schedules afford us less time for extended trips, the speeds offered by conventional full displacement yachts can restrict cruising plans. At the other end of the spectrum, many owners of planing yachts are being turned off the concept of cruising at eye-watering speeds of 30 knots, both from an environmental and economic perspective.
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 planing 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.
- Length overall: 27.05 m – 88’ 9”
- Load line length: 23.97 m – 78’8″
- Beam max: 7.66 m – 25’2”
- Draught (half load): 2.0 m – 6’ 5”
- Displacement (half load): 118 tons
- Maximum number of people onboard: 2