Wally WHY200: Design, space and speed

The Wally WHY200 is a motor yacht that combines the comfort and space of a larger displacement yacht with the speed and performance of a semi-displacement yacht.

Developed by the Wally design team led by Luca Bassani, together with the Ferretti Group Engineering Department, the Wally WHY200 sees the collaboration of Laurent Giles NA for the naval architecture and Studio A. Vallicelli & C for the interior design.

Wally WHY200

“We are deeply proud of the WHY200, a yacht we have bet on and which today pays us back with a result that even exceeds our expectations,” says Stefano de Vivo, Wally’s Managing Director. “Thanks to its widebody profile, this 200 GT yacht offers both much more generous volumes than conventional powerboats and a living area and stability far superior to any other competitor. In fact, it has all the advantages of a catamaran but without its limitations, namely the lack of volume provided by the centre hull and the difficulties of mooring”.

The new WHY200 expresses all its innovative strength through new architectural elements, which represent a break with the past and with the typical clichés of a motor yacht. Ferretti Group has made possible the realisation of a concept that has been close to my heart for some time, believing in the success of a bold design that will improve the owner’s experience on board and represent a turning point in the motor yacht market” said Luca Bassani, Founder and Chief Designer of Wally.

WHY200 features a 4.7-metre-high glazed bow housing a 37-square-metre master suite overlooking the sea, with uninterrupted 270-degree views of the horizon. In addition, this cabin is exceptionally quiet thanks to a layout that places the engine room at the opposite end of the boat.


“Like all Wally yachts, which have been setting new standards in nautical design for the past 25 years, the new WHY200 compact superyacht has the ‘Wow’ factor engraved in her DNA”. Luca Bassani.
Wally WHY200

The upper deck is also visually striking, with its futuristic glass and carbon dome, a distinctive Wally feature that echoes the clean, angular look of the legendary Wallypower yachts. Also on the upper deck, the elongated, structural, pillarless top is a masterpiece of design and engineering for its exceptional stability and robustness.

The first unit, in an exclusive “Wally Silver” colour, features a four-cabin layout: the master with two separate bathrooms on the main deck, a VIP and two guests on the lower deck. An absolute novelty is the spectacular one-piece laminated carbon staircase which, as well as having a load-bearing function, connects the three decks with extreme lightness and makes the bulkheads in the huge 61 m2 open space salon superfluous, enhanced by a practical show-cooking kitchen. Open-pore teak was chosen for the furniture. Teak is also used for the walkways in the two salons and the lower deck corridor. The colour palette is restful and natural, with neutral and sandy tones for a refined and timeless effect.

Thanks to the 5G wireless network connection with home automation control, guests can comfortably manage all the audio/video systems through mobile devices, both outside and inside the yacht and control – through the integrated Naviop system – also the data related to navigation, keeping constantly under control the yacht’s progress and parameters. The first unit features a latest generation 55″ TV in the upper salon and a 5.1 Premium audio system on the main and upper decks, while a sophisticated Sonance audio system serves the outdoor areas.

Wally WHY200
The WHY200 boasts two garages with a large storage capacity, capable of accommodating a 4.05m jet tender, wave runner, seabob, paddleboard and all kinds of water toys.

The folding beach club sides not only allow access to the sea on three sides while also expanding the living area to 32 square metres, making it a true terrace on the water which, in terms of size and characteristics, is unrivalled even among larger yachts. The WHY200 also boasts two garages with a large storage capacity, accommodating a 4.05 m jet tender, wave runner, seabob, paddleboard and all kinds of water toys.

Wally WHY200

Her high-performance hull, tested in a naval tank, like all Wally hulls, and capable of cutting through waves without pounding and thus reducing pitching to a minimum, is coupled in the case of the first unit to four Volvo Penta D-13 IPS 1350 engines with 1,000 horsepower each. Thanks to these characteristics, WHY200 is able to navigate at any speed (the maximum is 23 knots) while maintaining a horizontal trim without ever changing the comfort of the guests on board. Moreover, its width, together with the stabilising fins that can be activated both at anchor and while sailing, which are supplied as standard, and the two Seakeepers, ensures superior stability.

Wally WHY200
WHY200 – Technical details
Length overall: 27.03m
Load line length: 23.98m
Maximum beam: 7.66m
Draft (half load): 2.00m
Displacement (half load): 118t
Gross Tonnage: 199 GRT
Standard propulsion: 4 x Volvo Penta D13 IPS1200 power 900 mhp / 588 kW
Max speed 21 knots
Range at cruising speed 390 nm @ 18 knots*
Optional propulsion: 4 x Volvo Penta D13 IPS1350 power 1000mhp / 735 kW @ 2400 rpm
Max speed 23 knots
Range at cruising speed 370 nm @20 knots*
Standard/optional Extended Range 1000nm @ 10 knots*
(Extended range achieved with 4 x motors @ 1100RPM or 2 x motors** @ 1500RPM)
** requires OPT drive pumps
Design: Wally / Ferretti Group
Naval Architecture: Laurent Giles NA
Interior Design: A. Vallicelli & C.
Standard passenger capacity: 8 guests in 4 cabins
Optional passenger capacity: 10-12 guests in 5 cabins
Crew: 5 members in 3 cabins; crew mess
Maximum number of people on board: 20
Fuel tanks: 12,000 l
Water tanks: 2,200 l
Category Directive 2013/53/EU EC: Cat A

Credit photo Wally – Ferretti Group

(Design, space and speed, here is the Wally WHY200 – Barchemagazine.com – November 2021)