Having taken centre-stage this summer at the 2021 Cannes Yachting Festival, the all-new 27-metre WHY200 is not only of interest because of her space-like structure, but because of the visionary engineering and expertise used to create her.
She is the result of the impressive minds of chief designer Luca Bassani, the Ferretti Group Engineering Department, Laurent Giles NA and A. Vallicelli & C Studio – a team that decided to challenge the norm for Wally and push the brand into a new market segment. At 200 GT, the WHY200 can be registered with a sub-24 meters load line length but – as with every ambitious build – still contains the space found in much larger displacement yachts.
This 200 square meters of interior space is amplified further through a clever open-plan layout that surrounds a stylish structural carbon fibre staircase linking the lower deck to the upper deck’s stunning glass-encased sky lounge. Making the most of the entire 7.66-metre beam, the saloon has been made to be 50% larger than most found in this category and dominates the mass of interior living space across the whole yacht.
The second most impressive space on board is the 31-square-metre owner’s suite at the bow, which takes the on-water experience to a whole new level. Those who reside here can wake up to uninterrupted 270-degree views through vast windows in a room that is decorated with a young, fresh contemporary style infused with carbon and titanium – a subtle nod to Wally’s sailing yacht heritage.
All of this forms the basis for an adaptable design for future owners to play with. With the staircase remaining in place for every available layout, the adjoining areas on the main deck are large enough to accommodate features such as a bar, coffee table, high and low seating and a large dining table – even an American-style or show kitchen can be added.
Plus, the en-suite master stateroom can be reworked to include two bathrooms or extra storage space in the form of a smart-looking walk-in wardrobe. Down on the lower deck, the typical footprint for the yacht’s length can be arranged to house either three or four double guest cabins.
Interestingly, for unit number six of the WHY200 – due to be ready in 2022 for the Asian market – a large part of the design has been revised, proving just how customisable the WHY200 is. For her future owner, the yacht’s master suite has been removed to make room for a completely open main deck. Running from bow to stern, this free space will be able to host more people inside away from any daytime heat.
Recognising a shift in owner preferences to reduce exposure to the elements, Wally has provided ample protection throughout the yacht via large overhangs and flanking glass panels within the exterior areas. Outside, owner’s can choose to add utilities such as a bar or Teppanyaki barbeque, and their fair share of toys and 4.15-metre tenders to store in the two concealed garages at the stern.Read More/WHY200: Wally's spaceship superyacht model spotted underway
With such a malleable design, the WHY200 is intended to last, not least because of its futuristic look, but the hybrid performance. Designed to cruise at an impressive 23 knots in hyper displacement mode, the economical yacht can travel further afield to over 390 nm depending on the speed – all of which is kept steady thanks to the fin and gyroscopic stabilisers.
Her adaptive capabilities are made for those owners who want it all: a super-stylish, comfortable, ambitious yacht that can be tailored to suit anyone and be delivered in good time.
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