The world is a lot prettier place thanks to Luca Bassani Antivari. President of Monaco-based maritime design company Wally Yachts, a company he founded in 1994 to “satisfy the needs of other experienced and dissatisfied yachtsmen”, Luca has poured 40 years of sailing experience into filling the waters with some of the worlds’ most aesthetically pleasing boats. Wally Ace is the latest beauty to come to life in Luca’s shipyard.
As complex, groundbreaking and striking as all of its predecessors, the carbon fibre Wally Ace is a motoryacht like no other. Spanning 26.23 metres, that’s 86 feet, and with a beam of 7.75 metres or 25.4 foot, she has huge open spaces and is flooded with light and design excellence that puts every other yacht in this class in the shade. Totalled up, the entire square metreage of 282m² is more than 30% greater than its nearest competitor for this length. These Wally designers are magicians.
Choosing to put the owners’ suite to the aft giving it direct access to a terrace overlooking the sea, Wally Ace has a massive 128m² of outside social space spanning two decks as well as an interior saloon of 41m² – the size of most studio flats. And, whilst up to eight guests can be pampered and cosseted in comfort, the crew of four haven’t been compromised on space. The galley and crew quarters are unusually roomy and a happy crew means you are too. Meanwhile the onboard garage is generous enough to accommodate a six metre tender plus all the water-skis, diving gear and inflatables your heart desires.
Equipped with two CAT C12 287 bkw engines, Wally Ace will not win awards for her speed, she maxes out at 12 knots, but she may do for her whisper-quiet cruising and incredible fuel efficiency. Her range is so great that you can go from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean nonstop whilst the clever hull design and gyroscopic stabilisation ensure a smooth and stable ride.
The first Wally Ace hull is in final stages of build and nearing sea testing. Two more are in build and will make their debut in the second half of 2012. Under Luca’s guidance Wally continues to innovate and is today the only two-time winner of the world’s most important prize for industrial design, the Compasso d’Oro, in 2004 and 2008.