wallywhy150, plenty of room

Beautiful, clean and technological, the outline of the new wallywhy150 is defined by a few simple and elegant lines that provide a pleasant visual experience. Powered by three Volvo Pentas of 1,000 hp each, it reaches speeds of over 22 knots

by Mariateresa Campolongo and Angelo Colombo – photo by Gilles Martin-Raget

The Wally yard is good at being ahead of the times but without losing its identity, with boats that always become points of reference in the world of yachting. The wallywhy150 is the company’s latest creation, and like its big sister, the why200, it has a very compact exterior design with a decidedly high bow that provides plenty of headroom below. The power grey livery changes colour with the way the sun’s rays fall on it and produces very beautiful reflections from the waves. The tonal gradation is a tribute to the unforgettable 118wallypower, a yacht that marked Wally’s debut with powered craft. The wallywhy150 has been created by the Wally-Ferretti Group Engineering team in association with Studio A. Vallicelli & C, who designed the interiors.

Smaller and more compact than the why200, the wallywhy150 features a number of innovations, including an open day area on two levels: a dining area that opens onto the cockpit, and a living area with a sofa on another level.

The size of the exteriors and interiors and the careful use of space are the features that most struck us about the wallywhy150. The aft deck can be converted into a genuine waterside terrace with a multiple-use ladder and hydraulic platform. This area can be fitted out with fun outdoor furniture and the space means that a range of water toys and a large (3.90 metre) tender can be carried.

Inside, you never lose direct contact with the sea, which feels very close: if you add the view from the bow cabin to that from the saloon in the stern, you get a beautiful 360-degree panoramic view.

The stern area differs from that on the why200 by not having two closed, lateral garages, but rather a central platform for launching and recovering the tender. Once the room has been freed up, the platform can be stopped at the desired height – whether at water level, just above it, or even completely submerged. The cockpit sofa, which is simple and elegant, means you can face aft or forward according to requirements.

«With a length of 24 metres and a displacement of 150 gross tonnes, the wallywhy150 is a versatile boat, perfect for experienced Wally owners who understand and appreciate the careful layout of the rooms, the significant amount of usable space and the unmistakable character». Stefano de Vivo

The main deck has an innovative open-space day area covering two levels: the dining room merges into the cockpit, and higher up there is the living area with the sofa. The curved ceiling exceeds 2.5 metres in places so there is more of a feeling of empty spaces than full ones. The considerable full-height windows mean there is direct contact with the sea, so that if you are sitting on the Essential sofa by Edra or the Zefir seats by Baxter you get the same view as on the sundeck, and what is more it is in complete silence and well protected from the wind and high temperatures. The living area is also enhanced by the Innesti coffee tables by Bonaldo, which fit in perfectly with the approach taken for the interiors.

With just a few, simple lines, the interior design of the wallywhy150 reaches top levels of quality and elegance. «The innovation at the basis of the internal architecture lies, rather than in stylistic charm, in solutions that have been created to maximise comfort and the way that the interiors can be used», explains Michelangelo Vallicelli, who continues: «Rather than covering up the boat’s features to make it look like a contemporary villa, the interiors of the why150 have been conceived to elegantly integrate all of its elements into the furnishing, including the most technical, such as the bow mooring device, for example».

Behind the Essential sofa, there are three access points: to the left is the way through for the crew, from the middle door you get to the lower deck, while the right-hand one leads to the master cabin. This lacks nothing of the master cabin on the wallywhy200: the dimensions are slightly more contained but it has the same 270-degree panoramic view, a significant innovation in the “why” range. In the master bathroom, there is an interesting contrast between the natural wood used for the floor, the tops of the two washbasins, the seat in the shower and the black opaque ceramic of the bathroom fixtures.

The aft deck can be transformed into a real waterfront terrace with a multi-purpose ladder and hydraulic platform.

When inside you never lose the feeling of being in direct contact with the sea, which feels very close: when you add the view from the bow cabin to that of the stern salon, you get a beautiful, complete 360-degree view. The lower deck can be set up with a VIP stateroom, a double guest cabin and a twin one – or there is an alternative layout with two VIP rooms. All of it bathed in light, thanks to the large windows. The interiors, with great stylistic continuity, are bright with the use of yellow as an accent colour and the contrast of dark surfaces with neutral ones.

The open sundeck is one of the strengths of the wallywhy150 design. Here you will find a dining area complemented by all kinds of accessories – a C-shaped sofa shaded by the overhang and a large sunpad in the stern.

The masterful use of space has enabled the creation of a real dining area on the sundeck, complete with every accessory, including a bar/galley with grill, fridge and all of the comfort items that allow you to fully appreciate life outdoors. And you can also relax on the shaded C-shape sofa, or the large sun pad area going aft. Forward the dining table, you can see the super technological helm station that is located on the mezzanine level and enclosed in clear windows that make it a beautiful space, almost as if it were a jewellery box. M.C.

Our test
We went on board the new wallywhy150 to see how well it performed on the water and, more importantly, because our test lasted long enough to get to know more of the boat than just its performance. The test was made pleasant by a day of calm sea and little wind between Porto Rotondo and the islands of Soffi and Mortorio, with even the lunch break entrusted to the dynamic positioning system, which means that you don’t have to drop the anchor but can still stay in one place thanks to the combination of motors and thrusters that only work to correct any drifting.

«The challenge was to incorporate some of the elements of the 200 in a smaller space and at the same time open the door to innovative solutions for a boat of this size. In particular, we have maximised the exterior areas, which are very large and untried in this market segment».
Luca Bassani

Thanks to the use of three 1,000-horsepower Volvo Penta engines and IPS transmission, we have achieved a top speed of 23 knots. The hull is very efficient in both planing and displacement mode, thanks to the work done on the structure and the choice of materials to reduce weight.

The stabiliser fins and Humphree tabs work in conjunction with the fins when underway. This means that stability is excellent both in motion and when stationary, and a Seakeeper G26 helps too.

Despite its size and large window areas, the yacht’s centre of gravity and overall weight mean that it can still deliver extremely interesting levels of performance. When it comes to management weight underway, there is a 2,000-litre day tank that is aimed at keeping the diesel in the middle so that the two side tanks don’t cause trim changes as fuel is used up. On a boat like this, the thrill of being at the wheel isn’t determined by quick moves, brutal acceleration or bouncing off waves – rather what we seek to assess are the dynamic qualities of the size and overall weight of the yacht, so safe and effective manoeuvrability at both high and low speeds.

With three IPS propulsion systems (which are also managed by the Volvo Penta joystick) things are really easy, the efficiency of the system means you can moor, turn and move around and makes everything easy and intuitive. We would say it is properly calibrated and makes safe (and never too wide) turns, as well as very effective manoeuvres at slow speeds. The only thing we liked less was the height of the engine room, which is a little low for comfort when accessing the equipment, although it is very tidy, neatly laid out and the engines are all accessible, laid out with the kind of care associated with a maxi yacht. One of the things we particularly liked was the large number of interoperable devices, a very nautical approach.

Engine room
The engine room has three Volvo Penta D13 engines each developing 735 kW, with six cylinders in line and 12,800cc. The transmission is with IPS 1350 systems, and the top speed is 22 knots. Range at 12-knots economy cruising speed is around 600 nautical miles.

Via Ansaldo, 7
I-47122 Forlì
T. +39 0543 787511

Wally-Luca Bassani (exterior) • Wally-Vallicelli Design (interior) • Wally (naval architecture) 

LOA 24,05m • Maximum beam 6,78m • Draft 2,00m • Light mass displacement 85.000 kg • Full mass displacement 98.000 kg • Fuel tank volumes 9,000 l • Water tank volume 2,000 l

3 Volvo Penta D13 – IPS 1350 • 735 kW (1,000 hp) • Number of cylinders 6 in line • Bore & Stroke 131mm x 158mm • Total swept volume 12.800 cc • Compression ratio 245o rpm • Weight 2.458 kg 

EC Category A • RINa Classe Lloyd

Starting price: 6,150,000 Euro (tax excluded) (October 2023)

(wallywhy150, plenty of room – Barchemagazine.com – October 2023)