Since Luca Bassani founded the brand in 1994, Wally has pioneered groundbreaking solutions that have transformed technologies and aesthetics to the extent that today it is hard to identify any aspect of large yacht design that has not been influenced by his creative vision. We’ve put together a round up of seven innovations that have since been absorbed into mainstream yachting.
Everything from bicycle frames to champagne bottles is made of carbon
In 1994, Wallygator II (now Nariida) even had carbon
2. Lifting keel
When the Wally 77 Carrera (now Lyra) was launched in 2000, she was the first cruising yacht to have a hydraulic lifting keel with bulb (as opposed to a daggerboard or swing keel) for better performance under sail and easier access to shallow bays. Again, the engineering systems have been continuously upgraded and improved. Wally’s first canting keel appeared on Tiketitan in 1998, unheard of for anything expect ocean racers at the time.
3. Submarine anchor
Luca Bassani first introduced a ‘bomb bay’ anchor
4. Easy sailing
Wallygator was both the catalyst and prototype for many developments that are now commonplace. These included simplifying the sailing systems with a self-tacking jib, swept-back spreaders
The fully automatic sail trimming system developed in collaboration with Cariboni effectively meant that even the largest yachts could be handled single-handed. Wally has continuously improved and refined the automation technology, so that on the WallyCento Tango, for example, the jib can be furled/unfurled in just 8 seconds.
5. Beach Club
A beach club or terraced main deck aft that brings guests into closer contact with the sea are
6. On-Deck Living
Closely allied to the inside-outside concept
The mirrored glass salon aboard Tiketitan ushered in another innovation that has since become commonplace: the extensive use of structural glass. The first strip skylight integrated into the length of the deckhouse on a sailing yacht appeared in 2003 on the Wally 80, and Better Place was the first megasailer to have full-height superstructure windows.