Wally launches Kanga, the first WallyAce motor yacht
by Raphael Montigneaux
Wally has kept up its visibility this year with the launch of Better Place, its new flagship, and the launch of Hamilton, the first WallyCento, and now the Italian yard has launched Kanga, the first WallyAce motor yacht.
'Today Wally has once again opened a new route in yacht design,' says an enthusiastic Luca Bassani, Wally founder and president, and indeed the WallyAce is a yacht with unique characteristics. Kanga has an impressive 7.75 metre beam for a yacht of 26.23 metres, giving her not only more stability but also increased volume both inside and out.
Kanga's innovative displacement composite hull is designed to increase performance and reduce fuel consumption. Her naval architecture, by Wally, Allseas and Luca Bassani Design, introduces the Wallybow, a vertical bow with a bulb.
An economical pair of 385hp Caterpillar engines is expected to push Kanga to a top speed of 13 knots, a cruising speed between 11.0 and 11.5 knots, and an impressive range of 3,000 nautical miles at a reduced speed.
Kanga's exterior and interior design by Wally and Luca Bassani Design is also unusual. Large exterior spaces include a sizeable sundeck over the superstructure, the main deck, fore deck and the aft deck, which is connected to a spacious living area inside. Kanga accommodates up to 10 guests in four cabins, all aft on the lower deck, including a master, a VIP with a direct access to the bathing platform, and two double cabins with Pullman berths.
Forward are crew quarters for four, with access to the engine room and tender garage located amidships. This strategic concentration of weight in the centre of gravity also helps stability.
Kanga will be delivered this summer after her sea trials.
Two other WallyAce motor yachts are already under construction with deliveries scheduled for winter 2012 and spring 2013.