above: the newly refined design of the original Wally WHY Superyacht
Remember the incredibly blogged about WHY Yacht by Wally in collaboration with luxury brand Hermes? The cgi images and video of the modern sustainable superyacht were on almost every luxury and design site in 2009 and the drool-worthy vessel made just about everyone's dream wish list.
Well, it's been almost a year since the spectacular modern luxury superyacht received enormous press coverage, so what's happened since then?
As the yacht has come closer to being finalized, design and engineering refinements have been made to the 58 x 38 version and Wally has also introduced a 37 x 24 version to accompany the original, both of which are shown in this post. The association with the Hermes brand seems to have fallen by the wayside, except for the visible H seen on the helipad /pool deck of the larger version.
WHY Yachts unveils smaller 37x24:
above: the new smaller Wally Why Yacht (37m long and 24m wide)
The new "littler" superyacht.
The new WHY 37x24 (121.39 feet long and 78.74 feet wide) is developed to complete the range, offering the same concept in the smaller segment. Like the larger 58x38 (190 feet long and 125 feet wide), the hydrodynamics of the 37x24 are designed by Roar Ramde, the Norwegian naval engineer who developed the Ramform vessels, Mauro Sculli and Claudio Cicconetti, naval architects.
The WHY 37x24 is designed to deliver the WHY concept in the 700 ton range of displacement (as opposed to the 2,400 ton displacement of the larger WHY yacht). She outperforms all traditional "slender' yachts similar in displacement, not only in sustainability but also in terms of available guest surface area which comes close to 1,000 sq meters (3,280 feet) for WHY versus 650 sq. meters (2,132 sq. feet) rarely reached within benchmark yachts.
The New WHY 37x24:
WHY 37x24 provides for the same unique and unparalleled characteristics as the WHY 58x38, from every point of view: design, stability, sustainability and volumes. This model features three decks and accommodates up to 10 guests and 15 crew.
The living area is 3,280 sq. feet (1,000 sq. meters). The target price is between $51.5 and $56.5 million (or 42 and 46 million EUR).
Now, The Newly Refined Larger Wally WHY 58x38:
Since the successful launching of the Why in September 22, 2009, the innovative project has focused on unprecedented stability, unparalleled volume and sustainability, and has been further developed improving the design, introducing the new Why 37x24, and finalizing the engineering as well as the construction plan.
As a result of the eight month sustained activity of the design and commercial departments, the highly acclaimed WHY is entering the operating phase according to schedule.
WHY has so far generated hundreds of contacts and press articles worldwide: a huge and extraordinary coverage for the yachting industry. To fully exploit this success, Wally has signed a business partnership with brokerage houses YCO and Yachting Partners International (YPI Group) to develop and organize the customer plan of the breakthrough concept which may well be set to revolutionize the luxury yacht market.
above: the full size mock up of the Why in Anacona, Italy.
The 1:1 mock-up of WHY58x38 was built in Ancona, Italy as an essential tool of the intensive R&D programme. The possibility to test the innovative design ideas in real size, has lead to some modifications of the original project.
Changes to the Wally WHY 58x38 Luxury Yacht:
The Design Team has improved five different main features since the initial reports of the superyacht in 2009:
1. the shape of the Venetian blind sliding roof that support the 900 sq. meter photovoltaic panels, has been changed to a flat surface rather than rounded as it was before.
The new design maximizes the efficiency of the panels and provides for the full exploitation of the living areas of the terraces. As a result, the roof now includes fixed parts (wheelhouse roof and lateral sections of each terrace roofs) and seven movable parts (three identical ones on the Upper Deck roof and on the Owner’s deck roof, and one on the Wheelhouse Deck roof that can be only orientated but not retracted)
2. the interior area aft the Wheelhouse has been fully exploited: the new layout of this area features two guest lounges along with the Captain and the First Officer cabins.
3. the proportion between interior and exterior volumes of the Upper and Owner decks has been revised to further increase the interiors: the new accommodation layout provides for the Owner’s suite with two double cabins, and six guest cabins, for a total of 16 guests.
4. the deck walk-around has been improved reducing the gradient to 8 degrees max; the result has been obtained by lowering the Wheelhouse deck level of approx 40cm and by moving the start of the ramp aft
5. the forward swimming pool has been widened by reducing the bulwark and moving slightly aft the helipad.
The complete and exhaustive preliminary technical dossier of the 58x38 that includes the ProShip and RINA plans, is ready to be submitted and quoted by the three selected shipyards (one in the USA, two in Europe). The outcome of the consultations defining price and building times, is expected for July 2010.
To see interior shots, a video and the original version, go here.
thanks to Wally Why Yachts and Super Yacht Times for info and images.
The ISA 120 really is one of a kind. The sophisticated looking and technologically advanced yacht was built in the 45,000 square foot International Shipyard in Ancona, Italy. It is a streamlined, slim design with 3 decks and spacious, well-designed interiors. The ISA 120 has avant-garde propulsion and stabilization systems, and truly exceptional performance in addition to its stunning looks.
I really couldn't care less about yachts until I saw this one. The Wally Power 118. So amazingly designed, inside and out, it's become the object of my yearning.
The 118 WallyPower is a high performance superyacht integrating technology with design, resulting with unique and marked characteristics like the vertical bow, the air inlets, and the deck superstructure.
Above: The technical solutions contribute to the yacht appeal, like the shape of the bow that allows for a 50 per cent reduction of the vertical acceleration, and the superstructure design that features flat surfaces in order to be transparent.
Above: The yacht displaces only 95 tons thanks to the sophisticated building technology that used a hybrid structure to save weight while reacting in a very sound manner, without transmitting shockwaves therefore making comfortable the rigidity of the composite hull.
Above: The bottom of the hull is built in solid fibreglass. Topsides from the waterline are hybrid fibreglass/carbon composite with balsa core. On deck this becomes a Nomex/full carbon composite. The deck superstructure is made of laminated glass with carbon frames. The interior bulkheads and cabin soles carry no structural loads: they are constructed entirely of thin wood and laminate veneer skins with cores.
Above: The hull form is a deep V of 22 degrees at the stern, with a straight stem bow designed to perform as a wave piercing.
Above: The chameleon-like paint finish is metallic dark green and changes reflections and colour depending on the light and landscape.
Above: The dining and lounging cockpit is forward of the superstructure, to provide maximum privacy as well as being in the coolest area at anchor.
Above: The deck, cockpit, navigation, dining and saloon areas have been conceived as one continuous element. Inside the superstructure, the atmosphere if that of a New York style loft. The open space incorporates three areas, from stern to bow: the saloon, the dining/seating area, and the navigation cockpit.
Above: The carbon fiber dining table seats eight people. The port and starboard teak cabinets serve for storage of china, silverware and glassware.
Above: The engineering, start-up, and monitoring console.
Above: The owner's stateroom is forward, featuring a king size bed. Plenty of storage is provided by the side cabinets. A 20" plasma screen is mounted in the aft bulkhead. The cabin has plenty of natural light coming for the top skylight.
Above: The spacious galley encloses the crew mess with 15" plasma screen. The galley is equipped with professional oven and stove, as well as plenty of fridges.
Above: The deck is flush and features from bow to stern: the tender garage, the social cockpit, the glass superstructure, and the aft cockpit. Large open areas are designed to comfortably and safely move around the deck when at anchor.
Above: The pure lines of the 118 WallyPower are enhanced by the absence of visible cleats, mooring winches, radar antenna, TV dome, anchor system: everything is perfectly and neatly concealed and hidden without sacrificing functionality.
Above: The propulsion system consists of three gas turbines generating 16,800 HP, driving water jets - two steerable outboard and a non-steering on centerline. For maneuvring and long deliveries, the steerable water jets are powered by two diesel engines of 370 HP each. The exhaust system is made of titanium that saves weight while being very resistant to the high temperatures generated by the gas turbines.
Above: The superstructure is accessed through a sliding door aft and through a lifting door forward. The large and clear aft area can be fitted with dining table and lounge chairs to become a cockpit on-the-water.
Click below to enlarge and see the specs:
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