Italian designer Pininfarina joins Persico Marine on fourth WallyCento hull
by Simon Hardie
Wally announced the sale of the fourth yacht in its WallyCento series in November 2015 and construction is well underway. Persico Marine has finished manufacturing the mould and is now laminating the yacht’s hull and deck.
The WallyCento#4 is the latest in a series of ground breaking racer-cruisers, and adds itself to the increasing fleet of innovative box-ruled carbon composite super yachts.
Persico Marine is known for large scale composite manufacturing and has been involved in several recent America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race projects.
"Thanks to our high quality production processes”, said Marcello Persico, managing director of Persico Marine, “I am confident that we will be able to optimise the yacht’s weight while complying with the box-rule limitations and the Wally spirit".
Pininfarina has been working with Persico to keep the yacht as light as possible, using carbon fibre and light wood in the interior design to combine sportiness and elegance.
At 30.48m, Wally believes this new racer-cruiser is the perfect size to combine absolute comfort, outstanding performance and racing manoeuvrability. In fact it was the performance and style of the previous yachts in the series that drew in the owner, who is a passionate racing yachtsman, to join the WallyCento club.
The brief from the owner was to produce the most refined high performance solution to the box-ruled WallyCento racer-cruiser. Naval Architect Mills Design has achieved this by optimising the layout to reduce the weight, improving hull stiffness and centralising the heavy machinery to reduce pitching inertias. The new, more versatile hull shape allows for low drag in lighter conditions and increased stability in more wind.
A standout feature is the cutting-edge deck layout that combines the flush-deck with bulwark of Esense with the ramp deck of Alegre. This gives the owner a functional race-layout that fits over the interior accommodation mandated by the class rules. Luca Bassani, the President and founder of Wally believes this perfectly reflects the Wally DNA of improved functionality.
With accommodation for six guests and a dining table for 10, the WallyCento#4 provides comfortable luxury for cruising and the 300hp engine means the yacht can motor at 11 knots between races. The advanced Wally sail handling features also deliver easy control for single-handed sailing.
When it is launched in summer 2017 WallyCento#4 will join the fleet of other WallyCento’s — Galateia, Magic Carpet3, and Open Season. They are all 100ft, ‘Cento’, and built to adhere to the WallyCento class rules.