wallypower58, Wally’s new all-around debuts in Venice

The new wallypower58 is officially presented in Venice during the ‘Serenissima’ Boat Show, from 28 May to 5 June 

The picturesque setting of the Arsenale at the Venice Boat Show was the backdrop for the premiere of the new wallypower58. At first glance the new wallypower58 seems to deviate from the brand’s typical lines, instead it can be considered the natural evolution of the wallypower52. Instead, the understated elegance and style that characterise it can already be glimpsed in the line’s progenitor, the famous wallypower118 launched in 2003.

“As the first wallypower, this model is characterised by clean and essential lines, dominated by the double edge in the hull, design air intakes and the bow that meets the water with a soft and sinuous line,” says Luca Bassani, Wally’s Founder and Chief Designer. “The wallypower58 is dedicated to those who appreciate simple, beautiful lines and who have clear ideas about how to use their yacht. The possibility of accommodating up to four people overnight opens up a new range of cruising opportunities for couples, families and friends who do not necessarily want to spend every night at the dock.”

After appearing in Monaco during the Historic Grand Prix and in Venice for the official presentation, the new 58 will continue its tour again in Monaco for the F1 Grand Prix, then in Saint Tropez during the Rolex Giraglia (12-15 June), in Barcelona (17-19 June) and in Ibiza (21-27 June).

“A striking new feature we introduced on this model is the ‘magic porthole’: considering that side openings usually spoil the aesthetic purity of the hull, we decided to remove them completely and install a camera with 4K resolution and gimbal stabilisation on each side of the boat. The two cameras are connected to two screens mounted on the starboard and port side of the saloon, creating a wide view of the outside despite the absence of portholes. We are very proud of this innovative and effective solution, because it requires less maintenance than portholes, no risk of damaging the glass during an ‘English-style’ mooring and, above all, guarantees maximum privacy, both at anchor and in port,” says Stefano de Vivo, Managing Director of Wally.

In the design of the superstructure, the wallypower58 combines many of the solutions that have made the latest Wally models famous, such as the wraparound, pillarless windshield glazing, the deep manholes connecting bow and stern, and the large social areas that look out over the surroundings while remaining sheltered from sun, wind and spray. The windows offer a unique panoramic view and significantly improve safety when sailing by eliminating blind spots.

The wallypower58 is an all-around performer with great comfort: the cockpit top can be opened electrically to regulate ventilation, while the outside deck area can be air-conditioned during the hottest hours. In colder climates the cockpit can be completely enclosed. Standard features include the large aft sundeck which, in addition to offering multiple sunbed options for four adults, conceals a large locker for water toys. An electric awning can be fitted on request to shelter that area from the sun as well.

Thanks to the folding bulwarks, also fitted as standard, the social areas reach a considerable size: an impressive 25 square metres for the open-air aft area and 12 square metres for the sheltered and air-conditioned cockpit. On the stern of the wallypower58 the hydraulic platform can be requested as an optional extra, which fulfils a dual function: it allows a jet ski or tender of up to 3.25 metres in length to be easily and safely launched or hauled in, and when submerged it transforms into a pleasant and spacious “pied à l’eau” area for an unforgettable experience on the water.

As with the wallytender models, the wallypower58 is equipped with a hydraulic gangway for embarking and disembarking from the stern that doubles as a ladder, so that access to the water is continuous and independent of the hydraulic platform.

Flexibility is the watchword

Throughout the entire outdoor area, the wallypower58 stands out for its great flexibility, designed to meet every need: in the cockpit, 12 to 16 people can sit in the ample seating distributed between the two side benches and the part of the sundeck facing forward. On the starboard side, the open table creates a comfortable dining area, leaving the passageway on the port side free. The galley, divided into two sections, can be configured as desired, choosing from a long list of options, including refrigerators, icemakers, hobs and storage compartments. In the interior, flooded with natural light that enters copiously from above, the concept of modularity is accentuated: the standard version features a full-beam saloon with day head – complete with separate shower – to the left. Natural lighting is provided by a large glass panel recessed into the main deck. In the bow, the master cabin boasts a queen-size bed and a private bathroom with shower. Those who opt for the “flexi-guest” version – which allows up to four adults to sleep comfortably on board – will, on the other hand, have a guest cabin on the port side amidships with direct access to the day head, while the lounge area will be located to starboard. This arrangement is particularly welcome for owners who only occasionally have crew on board, as it does not sacrifice any guest space in favour of the crew. If, on the other hand, the cruise includes a full-time crew, a layout with a comfortable fixed single berth (and en-suite facilities) midships can be chosen instead of the guest cabin. This configuration of the wallypower58 is ideal for those wishing to charter or for those using the boat as a chase-boat for larger yachts, as it offers comfortable fixed accommodation for the crew that does not interfere with guest space, including a dedicated guest toilet in the lower deck saloon.

As with previous designs in the line, Wally has equipped the wallypower58 with the Volvo Ips system, which provides an easy transition for owners arriving from a smaller boat with the same propulsion configuration. The system features joysticks, dynamic positioning and Volvo assisted mooring software to facilitate manoeuvring. On this new model, Wally opted for a smaller-block triple Ips configuration instead of the larger, conventional twin unit to give the yacht a shallower draft, a better distributed ratio/weight ratio and greater redundancy. As a result, owners benefit from a wider and more balanced range of engine options, being able to choose between the triple Ips700 and Ips800 units, both on the D8 engine block. Both profiles guarantee a long-range cruising speed of over 30 knots.

As far as naval architecture is concerned, the wallypower58 features the usual ultra-deep V-shaped hull, in line with Wally’s design philosophy that prefers to offer a fast and comfortable cruising pace in all marine weather situations, rather than aiming for extreme speeds in limited sea conditions

wallypower58 – Main technical data

Length overall ISO 8666  17.3m
Construction length ISO 8666 17.2m
Length at galley (fully loaded) 15.6m
Maximum width 5m
Dive under propellers (fully loaded) 1.7m
Displacement when empty and dry 24.5t
Displacement at full load 29.5 t
Maximum number of persons on board 12
Design category Directive 2013/53/EU A
Certification modules B + F

(wallypower58, Wally’s new all-around debuts in Venice – Barchemagazine.com – May 2022)