Wallypower 58 conjures up her iconic pedigree at the Venice Boat Show
I am at a loss for words. I know, that’s a pretty crazy way to explain – with words! – my first reaction seeing pictures of the new wallypower 58 which has just made its debut at Venice Boat Show. But, since writing about innovative Italian yacht designer Luca Bassani and his groundbreaking sailing and motor yachts since he founded Wally Yachts in the 1990s. And since he continues to be one of the most innovative and influential yacht designers in the world, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the wallypower58 took your breath away as did the wallypower 118 when it was launched 20 years ago.
And since I don’t know what else to say, why not let Stefano de Vivo, Managing Director of Bassani and Wally Yachts, explain their new creation.
“As on the first wallypower118, the wallypower58 has pure lines dominated by the double chines of the hull and the air intakes”, explains Luca Bassani, founder and chief designer of Wally. “The bow meets the water with a smooth, swooping line that extends all the way to the stern.”
“At Wally, we often say that our yachts are 20 years ahead of their time,” says de Vivo. “That’s very much the reality as the new wallypower58 honors the aesthetics of the revolutionary wallypower118. its class for many years to come.
“For example, to minimize side-opening windows that typically mar the lines of the hull, we decided to remove them altogether and install gimbal-stabilized cameras with 4K resolution on each side of the hull. Both cameras are connected to two screens mounted to port and starboard in the saloon, creating a wide exterior view without having portholes.We are very proud of this innovative and efficient solution which requires less maintenance than portholes, no risk of damage windows when docking and above all maximum privacy both at anchor and in port.
“The wallypower58 is for those who appreciate essential, simple and pure lines, and who understand how they will really want to use a yacht,” adds Bassani. “Her overnight capacity of up to four people opens up a whole new realm of cruising possibilities for couples, families and friends who may not want to spend every night ashore.”
It’s no surprise that the wallypower58 features the design features that recent Wally vessels are known for. Walls of curved glass windows provide panoramic views. Wide and deep walkways connect the bow and stern. Large shaded areas for guests provide both protection and connection with the surroundings.
In fact, the adjustable cockpit top features a power hatch to allow for increased ventilation when needed, while the covered outside area can be air-conditioned to offer relief from hotter conditions at anchor or in port. When cruising in colder climates, the cockpit can be fully enclosed by glass insulation for protection against the cold.
The large aft deck sundeck comes standard, with lounging space for four adults looking across the stern alongside four seated adults facing forward, with a voluminous toy storage unit below accessible by two butterfly doors. This aft deck area also benefits from the optional shade provided by an innovative electric awning.
Throughout the exterior, the wallypower58 offers flexibility for all kinds of customer needs and configurations. In the upper cockpit there is generous seating for 12-16 guests on the two side benches and on the forward facing part of the sundeck. To starboard, a large table opens to create a seated dining area while allowing unimpeded passage from the port cabin area. The galley is split into two sections, allowing for independent configuration of spaces from a long list of options including fridges, ice makers, hobs and storage.
On the lower deck, where natural light floods in from the ceiling, the flexibility continues. The wallypower58 comes standard with a full beam “double saloon” for guests and owner, with a day head incorporating a separate shower to port. Natural lighting is provided by a large suspended glass panel integrated into the main deck. Forward, the master cabin has a queen-size bed and an en-suite bathroom with a large stand-alone shower.
If the owner’s planned cruising schedule requires a full-time professional crew on board, the wallypower58 can also be fitted out with a comfortable, fixed single berth with adjoining facilities amidships instead of the guest cabin. This configuration is ideal for charter boats and large chase yachts, as it provides suitable fixed accommodation for the crew without interfering with daytime guest spaces, including a dedicated guest at the helm of the lower deck saloon. .
And yes, the wallypower58 would be as fast as it looks. I just can’t wait to find out for myself.