The Italian designer Luca Bassani Antivari is a passionate and visionary yachtsman. In 1994 he created Wally and changed the entire concept of cruising yachts creating ground breaking designs for sailing and power boats which even now are unmatched reference points in yachting and in the design world.
His concepts combine the latest technology with contemporary design, constantly looking at ways of improving on the water enjoyment with performance, comfort, and style.
His 26m Wallyace is a displacement motor yacht like no other, it features huge open spaces and interior volumes and a degree of light and quality of design unmatched by any yacht in its class.
Now the fourth yacht in the series has been launched and has been christened Wally Casa by her American owners
If anything Wally Casa typifies the Wally approach to yachting innovation as she strives to improve the quality of the life on the water.
Her innovative layout features a huge owners’ suite: a 33 m2 private area aft that has sliding glass doors giving access to the so called; Wally Terrace-on-the-sea, less prosaically called the bathing platform.
Additionally, in this case that platform has been extended by over one meter than that of the previous units, enhancing the feel of a pieds-dans-l’eau beach resort.
The Wally inside-outside concept runs throughout this displacement yacht: the living area under the superstructure is completely surrounded by glass offering a 360-degree view.
As a result, of this huge expanse of glass the interiors are flooded with natural light while reflecting the Wally inside-outside concept to have living areas inside that extend outside and vice versa, firstly introduced with the revolutionary sailing super yacht Tiketitan, in 1998.
The idea of enjoying open-air living beside the sea, is reflected in the on board open-air social areas: 130 m2 of outside space over two decks, larger than any other yacht in her size range. Making good use of this is the outdoor custom hot tub located in the forward social cockpit of the main deck, with sun pads on both sides.
The garage for the 5-metre tender is uniquely located amidships over the engine room with direct access to the crew and service area, and separates the guest and crew quarters for maximum privacy.
Her large interior volumes yield more than 160 m2 of living space with unusually tall headroom. Over 50 m2 of this open space creates a loft-style atmosphere, incorporated into the glass walled superstructure that includes the lounge with large sofas, the dining table for 10-12 guests, and the steering and navigation station.
The accommodation is for seven guests in three cabins (owner’s suite, guest double cabin, guest twin cabin with Pullman) and four-man crew. The interior styling combines walnut wood with grey fabrics.
Whisper-quiet, fuel-efficient diesel engines offer a non-stop from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean range while an exceptional hull design and gyroscopic stabilisation ensure a smooth and stable ride. Her propulsion system is characterised by engines that run at low RPM offering many advantages such as low vibration, low noise, low consumption, little maintenance, and long life.
Wally Casa will cruise around the Mediterranean during this summer, and will head to the Caribbean at the end of the year, as she makes her way to her home port of Baja California, Mexico.
- Length over all 27.33 m
- Load line length 23.92 m
- Length waterline 26.95 m
- Beam 7.75 m
- Draught 1.50 m
- Displacement 104 tons
- Cruising speed 12 knots at 1.500 rpm
- Range 2,000 nm @ 12 knots & 3,800 nm @ 9 knots
- Construction type GRP
- Classification RINA
- Exterior styling & interior design Wally
- Accommodation 7 guests + 4 crew
- Engines 2 x 345 bhp Caterpillar C12
- Propeller 2 x FPP on shaft lines & skegs
- Steering 2 x blade rudders
- Fuel capacity 15,000 litres
- Bow thruster Max Power CT HYD 325/325
- Stabiliser Seakeeper gyroscopic
- Generator 2 x 26 kW
- Fresh water 3,000 litres
- Water maker 1 x 180 litre/h
- Air conditioning 2 x 3 kW (120,000 BTU max)