Wally, which is part of the Ferretti Group portfolio, has pushed the boundaries of possibility with the creation of its first full-wide-body superyacht. It goes by the name of WHY200 and makes expert use of design, combining the interior living space of a 165-foot superyacht with the speed of a semi-displacement yacht. Lucky owners thereby get the best of both worlds as they experience luxurious volume and comfort without sacrificing power and performance
Wally’s visionary founder Luca Bassani and the Ferretti Group Engineering Department collaborated with Laurent Giles NA Ltd for naval architecture and Studio A. Vallicelli & C for interior design to create a bona fide “space” ship and thanks to the added width and height, it delivers the space of a much larger displacement yacht.
Running down the WHY200‘s glorious features is enough to put a little drool at the edge of one’s lips. Take the 37-square-meter master suite, for example, which innovatively sits within the framework of a 4.7-meter-high glazed bow, with an uninterrupted 270-degree view of the horizon. Besides elevating the onboard experience, it’s situated on the opposite side of the yacht from the engine room so as to keep noise to a minimum.
In addition to the master cabin (which has two separate bathrooms on the main deck), the WHY200 features a VIP suite along with two guest cabins on the lower deck. Connecting all three decks (upper, main, and lower) is a lightweight and load-bearing staircase of laminated carbon, described by Wally as an architectural masterpiece that allows having an open space living area in the main deck.
Main Deck and Upper Deck
Recent developments in technology have enabled the creation of a wrap-around main deck in glass, which has vicariously unlocked extra interior volume. The upper deck is similarly futuristic, featuring sleek glass, a carbon dome, and an extended structural top with no supporting pillars. It’s a direct callback to the sharp and angular aesthetic of Wally’s previous masterpiece, the iconic 118wallypower.
A yacht owner’s dream come true, the WHY200 offers indoor-style comfort even when you’re in outdoor terrain. Its extended overhang delivers substantial protection from the elements (sun, wind, rain, etc) across the 144 square meters of its exterior main decks. Along with the extension comes a larger upper deck, giving you more room to lounge or dine.
Unprecedented Water Access
What good is a swanky new yacht if it doesn’t connect you with the sea? That’s the thinking behind a number of key features, such as the WHY200′s innovative folding beach club bulwarks. Not only do these bulwarks enable access to the sea on three sides, but they expand upon the size of the living area, turning it into an epic over-water terrace of unparalleled proportion.
Epic Storage Capacity
The WHY200 features two large garages, which can hold a 4.15m jet tender, wave runner, SEABOB, paddleboard, and other kinds of big boy water toys. Their impressive storage capacity is yet another innovative feat for a yacht of this size.
Speed Plus Stability
Wally’s first unit to run on four Volvo Penta D-13 IPS 1350 engines (1000 hp each), the WHY200 can cruise up to 23 knots whilst sustaining a stable and horizontal position. As a result, high speeds don’t come at the expense of comfort for all the guests onboard. The yacht’s generous width ensures even greater stability, as do its fin stabilisers, which come as a standard feature and can be deployed at anchor or whilst cruising.
Form Meets Function
Wally yachts are nothing if not ambitious and the WHY200 provides living proof of their forward-thinking vision. It was designed with the aim of striking a perfect balance between form and function, cultivating an elegant aesthetic whilst redefining the possibilities of performance.
“We are very proud of WHY200, a yacht so innovative that was a bit of a gamble but that today rewards us with a result that exceeds our expectations,” said Stefano de Vivo, Wally’s managing director. “With its widebody design, this 200 GT yacht offers far larger volumes compared to traditional motorboats of the same size, plus great living space and stability . It essentially provides all the advantages of a catamaran but has none of the limitations, namely the lack of volume linked to the main central hull and mooring problems.”
Wally founder and chief designer Luca Bassani added, “Like all Wallys, which for 25 years have been ahead of their time and the setters of new standards in yachting design, the new WHY200 carries the ‘Wow’ factor engraved in its DNA. The new WHY200 expresses all its innovative power through new architectural elements, which represent a break with the past and with the typical clichés of a motor yacht.”