Onboard The Yacht Being Dubbed The ‘Ferrari’ Of The Seas

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Almost two decades after the launch of the wallypower118, Monaco-based shipyard Wally is back with its biggest head-turner yet. Launched during the Venice Boat Show, the eye-catching wallypower58 was the most talked about boat on the water – and for good reason, as I was to discover.

As the wallypower58 pulled up to my lagoon-side hotel, a murmur of excitement rose amongst the crowd of guests waiting for water taxis. People inched closer to take photos as the striking, angular yacht lined up with the dock – casting a unique silhouette that stands out against the sea of traditional wooden boats that dominate Venice’s waterways. As we, the lucky few, boarded we felt like VIPs – the envious crowd continued to snap her sleek exterior as we sailed away.

Heads continued to turn as we snaked through Venice's many islands on our way out of the lagoon. From the guests and crew onboard passing yachts to local teenagers on their motorboats and paddle boards, everyone paused and stared, almost mesmerized. The wallypower58 is certainly a yacht for those who like to attract attention, as well those who appreciate strong design and modern technology – a large percentage of currently Wally yacht owners are from the design and tech worlds, the brand told me.

Stepping onboard, she feels immediately like a Wally, albeit a touch sleeker than previous models. “If the wallywhy200 is like a Mercedes-Benz Vito van, the wallypower58 is like a Ferrari,” Luca Bassani, founder of Wally, said, pointing out her “pure lines dominated by the double chines in the hull and the air intakes.”

The contemporary vessel is being marketed as a day boat and she’s certainly got the space to entertain. We started the day sunbathing on the bow and ended it napping on the 25sqm aft deck (made larger thanks to folding bulwark ‘wings’), where a large sun pad has an optional awning that can be raised at the touch of a button if the sun gets too hot. Guests feeling the heat can also cool off in the air-conditioned 12sqm cockpit, which is open yet covered, or go for a dip off the boat’s innovative hydraulic platform which lowers into the water.

Below deck, there’s an overnight cabin for up to four people, enabling owners to turn a day trip into a getaway. Here is also where you'll Wally’s newest innovation, a window-like “magic porthole” which gives guests an external view of the world outside in real time.

“To minimize lateral openings that usually spoil the lines of the hull, we decided to remove them completely and to install on each side of the boat a camera with 4K resolution and gimbal stabilized,” explains Stefano de Vivo, Managing Director of Wally and CCO of Ferretti Group. “The two cameras are hooked up to two screens mounted to port and to starboard in the saloon, creating a wide outside view without having any portholes. We are very proud of this innovative and effective solution that requires less maintenance than portholes, no risk of damaging glass while docking alongside and, above all, maximum privacy both at anchor and in the port.”

When we exited the lagoon and hit the sea, the boat really came into her own – she features Wally’s signature, efficient deep-V hull, delivering efficiency, stability and a commendable cruising speed of 35 knots.

“At Wally we often say that our yachts are 20 years ahead of their time and, in this case, that’s very much the reality as the new wallypower58 honors the aesthetic of the ground-breaking wallypower118, some two decades after it was introduced to the world,” de Vivo says. “Of course, we have also incorporated the manifold technical and practical innovations we have built up since 2003, ensuring the wallypower58 leads the way for yachts in its category for many years to come.”

The yacht is the brainchild of Bassani, who continues to hold the role of Wally’s chief designer after he sold the company to Italian boatbuilding powerhouse Ferretti Yachts in 2019. Bassani has spent the last three years working with the Ferretti team, led by CEO Alberto Galassi, to expand the fleet. “On one side, I have Bassani, a volcano of ideas, and on the other, I have the atomic battery who is Galassi – he doesn’t stop," says de Vivo. "It’s great to have them both because a battery on its own has nothing to propel and a volcano has no direction. I’m in the middle to bring them together."

Wally is currently preparing to launch several additional new models which it'll unveil over the coming months, including the 58X (in late 2022), two new Wallywhys (in December 2022 and September 2023) and a custom Wally 101 racing cruiser (in 2023).

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