Wallywind110: the new Wally cruise-racer range revealed
The first unit of the wallywind110 model is already under construction and launch is planned for May 2024
The first details and images of the new wallywind range by Wally have been released. The three sail boat models measure from 110 to 150 feet in length (LOA) and offer owners an ample choice of not only adrenaline and performance but comfort. The first unit of the wallywind110 model is already under construction and launch is planned for May 2024.
The hull, in carbon fibre, will be impeccable in every aspect, thanks to the undisputed experience of the Wally laminators, who have always been at the forefront in this type of technology. It will also be equipped with the famous Wally easy-sailing system (simplified sail management), now adopted throughout the sector.
The project once again unites Wally’s know-how with the naval architecture of judel/vrolijk & co, the studio that has designed some of the fastest sloops currently sailing. The result of this partnership is a vessel with essential and elegant lines, typical of the brand, capable of offering astounding stability and performance
“The wallywind110 – says Stefano de Vivo, managing director for Wally – is the equivalent of a Gran Turismo in the automobile industry. It is a long-range ‘cruising machine’, powerful yet fluid and always ready, for those who wish it, to be transformed into a tenacious racer. The ideal boat for an expert sailor, who comes from a background with vessels of 60-80 feet and who wants to jump to 100 feet for more comfort.”
“The 110 – notes Luca Bassani, founder and Chief Designer for Wally – is a true hybrid, because it brings together the space and comfort of a yacht with deckhouse with the spirit and performance of a flush-deck racing ship. The high bulwark, blocks very effectively, camouflaging the raised living area, which, under the surface, hides the engine room, giving all the advantages of a deckhouse without compromising aesthetics.”
Faithful to Wally’s founding principles, the yacht is a perfect mix between a blue water cruising boat, ideal for those wanting to sail anywhere autonomously and safely, and a racing boat with exceptional sporting performance. Technology, which according the brand’s philosophy needs to always add value to the sailing experience, is the undisputed protagonist. In addition to the hull, even the high performance fittings are in carbon fibre and there is the option of three different types of keel: one 4.5-metre fixed, a telescopic 3.95-6.10 metres and a hi-tech lifting keel of 4.50-6.80 metres. It isn’t surprising therefore, that the ballast/weight ratio is equivalent to 40%.
Other fundamental technical updates are the use of light lithium ion batteries and auxiliary equipment, as well as the presence of multiple high pressure hydraulic pumps and a dual wheelhouse, to which are added the underwater Wally anchor and Magic trim hydraulics to regulate the mainsail and jib lines.
The pure lines embrace ample space dedicated to socialisation, beginning with the enormous 80m2 cockpit (double the size of those usually present on vessels of this size) which develops over a single level and extends to full beam, up until the high, safe bulwark which replaces the classic guard rail. The layout can be completely personalised and offers seating for 15 people. The only fixed elements are the carbon fibre twin wheels on the helm and the crew hatchway.
One of the most interesting aspects of the layout is the removable furniture, inspired by the golden age of large sail boats: every seat, bed, lounger or table can be removed to prepare the wallywind110 for competition. Another design element in pure Wally style is the deep and sheltered “terrace on the sea” on the stern, while an enormous hidden room under the deck can hold a tender of up to 4 metres. In this manner the transom remains unencumbered and available to passengers, who can comfortably go for a swim using the hydraulic ladder which disappears in to the hull.
Thanks to the engine room located under the living area, passengers have a large and refined open space, with a window that longitudinally crosses the entire lower deckhouse. In addition there are 3 guest suites, 2 crew cabins, the captain’s cabin, and the large owner’s cabin to the bow, which has a number of layouts, including a wardrobe, separate bathrooms for him and her, and one with relaxation areas. For furniture and finishings, Wally offers a sporty interior in whitewashed wood with carbon fibre details, even though the final decision is in the hands of the owner, who can personalise it to their liking.
The biggest yachts of the wallywind range are 130’ and 150’. The first, with a deckhouse that works as a raised living area, creates a singular space between the interior and exterior, created for owners who come from a background of boats around 100 feet. The second, instead, marks the beginning of a new epoch for large sailing yachts. Indeed, as only Wally has the experience and skills to build a vessel of this size in carbon fibre, the wallywind150 will have unbeatable performance especially with little air: while vessels of this size usually need over 12 knots of wind to sail, the 150’ will only need 6-7 knots of air, thanks to its exceptionally light displacement.
“The 130’ and 150’ – concludes Stefano de Vivo – are clearly for owners with a passion for sailing and who want to sail anywhere in the world in comfort and with 5-star services alongside great performance, but they will also certainly attract young people who who love speed and see themselves in Wally’s brand values.”
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- 28 September 2020