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Wally Launches a New Era of Yachting for Wallypower

The new wallypower58 ushers in a new generation, offering the aesthetics of the iconic wallypower118 with the practical features developed on recent wallytenders.

Jun 02, 2022 | By John Higginson

Officially premiered at the Venice Boat Show (May 28-June 5) with upcoming stops at Saint Tropez (June 12-15), Barcelona (June 17-19) and Ibiza (June 21-27), the all-new wallypower58 is the first wallypower model launched by Ferretti Group since it bought Wally, an acquisition announced at Boot Dusseldorf in January 2019.

The wallypower58 takes design cues from the recent wallytender48 and wallytender43, such as the angular profile, wraparound fender and single-chine hull, but also recalls the stealth-like wallypower118 launched in 2003.

Stefano de Vivo, Managing Director of Wally, said: “At Wally we often say that our yachts are 20 years ahead of their time and that’s very much the reality as the new wallypower58 honours the aesthetic of the groundbreaking wallypower118, some two decades after it was introduced to the world.

“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.”

New features include the ‘magic portholes’, one on each side, featuring 4K-resolution cameras hooked up to two screens to port and starboard in the saloon, creating a wide outside view without having any portholes.

The wallypower58 retains many of the brand’s renowned superstructure features including pillarless curved glass, wide and deep side walkways linking the bow and aft, and ample shaded guest areas that are open to the surroundings while providing protection from the sun, wind and water. The pillarless windows offer panoramic views that enhance navigational safety by eliminating blind spots.

The adjustable cockpit top features an electric hatch to allow for increased ventilation as needed, while the covered exterior area can be air-conditioned to offer relief from warmer conditions at anchor or in port. When cruising in chillier climates, the cockpit can be fully enclosed by isinglass for protection against the cold.

The aft deck’s large sunpad comes as standard, with lounging space for four adults looking across the stern alongside four adults seated facing forward. There’s also a toy storage unit located underneath and accessed via two gullwing doors. This aft deck area also benefits from optional shade provided by an innovative electrical awning overhead.

The folding bulwark ‘wings’ as standard increase entertaining space by a dramatic 25sqm of open aft deck space and 12sqm of covered and air-conditioned open cockpit space.

At the stern, the wallypower58 can be optionally specified with Wally’s innovative hyd

raulic platform, which lowers into the water to serve a dual purpose. Firstly, the platform can descend low enough underwater to quickly and conveniently launch or retrieve a jetski or tender up to 3.25m. Secondly, when submerged just below the surface, the platform creates a pied à l’eau area for guests to enjoy a safe, fun experience in the water.

As also seen in all wallytender models, the wallypower58 is equipped with a hydraulic passarelle at the stern that also serves as a swim ladder, providing access to the water regardless of whether the hydraulic platform is being used for jetski or tender stowage.

A flexible layout

In the upper cockpit there is generous seating for 12-16 guests across the two flanking benches and on the forward-facing portion of the sunpad. To the starboard, a large table opens to create a seated dining area while still allowing unobstructed passage from the cabin area on the port side.

The galley is split into two sections, allowing for independent configuration of the spaces from a long list of options including fridges, icemakers, cooking tops and storage.

On the lower deck, where the natural light floods from overhead, the flexibility continues. The wallypower58 comes as standard with a full-beam ‘double saloon’ for guest and owner use, with a day head incorporating a separate shower to the port side. Natural illumination is provided through a large overhead glass panel that is embedded in the main deck. Up front, the master cabin features a queen-size bed and en-suite bathroom featuring a large, standalone shower.

With the ‘flexi-guest’ layout, a guest cabin is located on the port side amidships with the saloon to starboard. Allowing comfortable overnight accommodation for up to four adult guests, this configuration’s second cabin has direct access to the day head, while there is also overhead access via a hatch in the floor of the galley above.

This dual-access, dual-use layout is practical for owner-operators who might only occasionally take on crew for longer voyages, busy periods, charters or deliveries, as it eliminates any loss of guest space to a dedicated crew rest area.

Should the owner’s expected cruising programme call for full-time professional crew onboard, the wallypower58 can also be laid out with a comfortable, fixed single crew berth with en-suite facilities amidships in lieu of the guest cabin. This configuration is ideal for charter boats and large-yacht chase boats, as it provides appropriate fixed crew accommodation without interfering with the day guests’ spaces, including a dedicated guest WC off the lower deck’s saloon.

As with previous models in the line, Wally has equipped the wallypower58 with the Volvo IPS system. The intuitive system features Volvo’s proprietary joystick manoeuvring, dynamic positioning and Assisted Docking software.

On the new model, Wally has opted for a smaller-block triple IPS configuration in lieu of the larger, conventional double unit, to give the yacht a shallower draft, a better-distributed power-to-weight ratio, and increased redundancy. As a result, owners benefit from a more balanced range of power options, choosing between the triple IPS700 and the IPS800 units, both on the D8 engine block. Both power profiles deliver a long-range cruising speed of over 30 knots.

The wallypower58 features the brand’s customary ultra-deep-V hull, with Wally prioritising a fast-cruising pace in all environments, rather than higher speeds in a more limited range of sea conditions. The outcome is that owners can cruise at 35 knots in waves that would cause other yachts to slow down considerably.

Luca Bassani, Wally founder and Chief Designer, said: “As on the first wallypower, the wallypower58 features pure lines dominated by the double chines in the hull and the air intakes. Its bow meets the water with a smooth, swooping line that extends all the way aft. The wallypower58 is for those who appreciate essential, simple and pure lines, and who understand how they really want to use a yacht.”

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