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Custom 30.8m Wally 101 sailing yacht takes shape

17 February 2022• Written by Tom McGhie

Wally's 30.8 metre custom-built sailing yacht has reached a major construction milestone as the carbon fibre hull emerges from its mould at the shipyard in Forlì.

The Wally 101 was sold in April 2021 to a European client and is the first sailing yacht project to be built by Wally since the brand was acquired by the Ferretti Group. The lightweight sloop is designed by Wally and Santa Maria Magnolfi as a high-speed racing yacht inspired by the Wallycento with naval architecture courtesy of Judel/ Vrolijk.

The custom Wally 101 sailing yacht is taking shape in Italy

Speaking about the milestone, Wally's managing director Stefano de Vivo said: "This is the moment her concept takes material shape for the first time and you get a glimpse of the vessel she will become.  It is thrilling to watch. In this case, her purposeful bow and powerful lines promise exhilarating performance and spellbinding looks.”

After her demoulding, the hull was laid in a cradle and moved back under cover for the next stage of its transformation. The Wally team are now installing the bulkheads that will divide up the interior space with wiring, piping, tanks and other engineering foundations. 

The custom Wally 101 was the first sailing project sold by the builder following its acquisition by the Ferretti Group

The Wally 101 is built from a carbon fibre sandwich and weighs nearly 20 per cent less than other yachts in her class. A lifting keel increases the draft from 4.7 metres to 6.8 metres for increased upwind performance and is responsible for 40 per cent of the boats total weight.

The yacht features naval architecture by Judel/ Vrolijk

Built entirely from carbon fibre, the Wally 101 is designed with a "family-friendly layout" featuring an open deck plan, with a dining table big enough for eight guests located in the spacious cockpit. Accommodation is for a total of six guests across an owner's cabin and two further guest cabins. Two ensuite cabins for four crew are found in the service area, which includes a crew mess, laundry and galley.

Wally founder Luca Bassani added: “We are delighted to be one step closer to welcoming a fabulous new custom Wally into the world. Our laminators have been with Wally since the brand’s first days, and are among the best in the world." 

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