August 9, 2007 The Wally 50m is the first mega yacht of this size completely built with advanced composites and after the sale of the Wally 101 last April and the Wally 100.3 two weeks ago, the Wally 50m yacht (the largest Wally so far) has already been signed. A blue-water sloop combining all the comforts and amenities of a mega yacht with the Wally performance and ease of handling, the Wally 50m will feature PBO rigging and a lifting keel, increasing the draft to 6 m when sailing, from 4.2 meter when motoring, anchoring and entering ports. This mega sailer features a light displacement (only 230 tons – 485,017 lbs) and in 8 knots of true wind, the Wally 50m will perform 11 knots upwind and 14 knots reaching. In 20 knots of true wind she will do 14 knots upwind and 20 knots reaching.
The sail plan includes the self-tacking jib for easy handling and the propulsion system is diesel-electric to reduce consumption, noise and vibration while improving the energy management of the mega yacht and providing a more efficient layout. Three diesel generators supply the power for the propulsion and for all the services. Other features of the Wally 50m are the two separate engine rooms for safety and the Wally anchor-system.
On deck, the Wally 50m is characterized by large lounge areas including the forward cockpit, the flying bridge, the aft deck and the terrace on the sea. The foredeck features a 2.4x2.4 m (7’10”x 7’10”) Jacuzzi tub and two hidden tender garages. The flying bridge/sun deck contain the navigation and helm stations, plus a lounge/dining area for 16 people with sofas and BBQ area. The Wally features a deckhouse with 360° of transparent glass providing the guests with the view and open-air feeling when they are in the salon. All the living spaces are characterized by the open loft and flexibility concept to change configurations according to the use and requirements of different moments.
The accommodation is in the lower deck and includes the 65 sqm (700 sqft) immense owner’s suite aft opening into the vast terrace on the sea: this layout provides for the owner’s maximum space and maximum privacy. The interiors feature four double guest cabins (two aft and two forward the engine rooms), all with en-suites. The crew and service area is forward with pantry, laundry, galley, crew mess and five crew double cabins.
The construction of the MCA classified Wally 50m uses the latest advanced composite technology with pre-preg carbon. The yacht is being built at its WallyEurope facility in Fano, Italy, and the delivery is scheduled for spring 2010. With this new order, WallyEurope is currently building five sailing yachts from 50 to 30 meters (from 164 to 100 feet), and the new 70 WallyPower 2007 that will be launched at the end of August.