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Wally Yachts Reveals First Hybrid Yacht: The 88ft WHY200



Monaco-based yacht builder Wally has revealed the design of their first-ever hybrid yacht – the spacious 88ft WHY200, offering 50% more living space compared to traditional designs of the same length.
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Wally Yachts new hybrid WHY200 “compact” superyacht. Credit: Wally/Ferretti Group

After more than 25 years creating some of the world’s most revolutionary sailing and power yachts, Italian based Wally Yachts has turned their hand to the “compact” superyacht category and have created the 88ft (27m) WHY200 – their response to the demand for a spacious design without the speed concessions of a displacement yacht.

Led by Wally founder and Chief Designer Luca Bassani and Ferretti Group’s engineering department, Wally Yachts worked alongside interior design firm A.Vallicelli & C Studio to create a streamlined design offering up to 50% more living space than a traditional yacht of the same length.

Wally WHY200 Yacht Starboard
Designed to offer up to 50% more living area than a traditional yacht of the same length. Credit: Wally/Ferretti Group

“In keeping the yacht registration under 24meters (78′ 8″) load line, we have been able to optimize the costs of running and berthing, while still providing the space and volume benefits of a much larger vessel thanks to its innovative full-wide-body design,” shared Stefano de Vivo, Wally Managing Director.

One of the design methods Wally enlisted to achieve more than 2,153 square feet of indoor living area was absorbing the space used for exterior walkways into a full-beam salon. This use of space created a significantly larger open-plan living area and, when joined to the glass-encased sky lounge by a carbon fiber staircase, makes a seamless transition between living spaces.

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Main living area connected to the sky-lounge above via the carbon fiber staircase. Credit: Wally/Ferretti Group
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Wally WHY200 upstairs sky lounge area accessed via the internal staircase. Credit: Wally/Ferretti Group

Another stand-out feature of the Wally WHY200 is the owner’s suite located at the yacht’s bow. Wrapped on all sides by glass, the oversized owner’s suite offers a 200-degree view as far as the eye can see.

“Providing owners with an elevated experience onboard has always been central to our mission at Wally. We have had a longstanding vision to create a wrap-around main deck in glass that would provide so many lifestyle benefits to the owner and now finally the technology has made this possible, unlocking game-changing extra interior volume on this deck”, confirmed Luca Bassani, Wally Founder and Chief Designer. “It has allowed us to create a sensational and unprecedented 37-square-meter (398 square feet) owner’s suite at the bow, which takes the onboard experience to a whole new level. Imagine the feeling of waking up to uninterrupted 200-degree views through vast windows in the bow, as if you are floating above the water. It is a genuine marvel to behold, we are especially proud of what has been achieved with this revolutionary layout.”

Wally WHY200 Owner Suite
The owner’s suite at the yachts bow offers uninterrupted views. Credit: Wally/Ferretti Group

With the WHY200, Wally has also recognized a change in owners’ use of the outdoor living spaces over the years and have been mindful when designing spaces with ample shade from the sun and protective measures from the wind and rain. An extended pillarless overhang above the main deck aft and flanking glass panels provide shelter to the alfresco dining and lounging area, which has unobstructed views on three sides and seamlessly flows into the main salon past sliding full-height doors. The extended overhang also offers a larger upper deck aft, with space to recline on sunloungers or sit at the shaded dining table.

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Wally WHY200 expandable beach club features three fold-out wings. Credit: Wally/Ferretti Group

Down on the beach club of the WHY200, guests can also enjoy access to the ocean via three expandable fold-out wings. Two concealed garages are also easily accessible and offer a tremendous amount of storage space for a yacht this size, including a four-meter tender and multiple water toys.

Wally WHY200 Yacht Aerial View
Includes two concealed garages for tenders and toys. Credit: Wally/Ferretti Group

The WHY200 is Wally’s first hybrid yacht and is optimized for both full- and semi-displacement cruising. Featuring an adaptive multi-propulsion system, the WHY200 is a balance between the voluminous but slower full displacement yachts and the restricted but lighting fast planing yachts. When making short trips, the crew can operate the WHY200 in hyper displacement mode to achieve a cruising speed of 20 knots, but when taking slower trips can switch to the economical long-range displacement mode.

No prices have been revealed yet however, Wally has indicated the WHY200 will make its official debut at the Ferretti Group Private Preview in Monaco this coming September.


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Feadship’s 180ft “Somnium” Superyacht Nearing Completion



The new Feadship 180ft “Somnium” superyacht is nearing completion and will be ready for family-friendly world cruises after sea trials.
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The Feadship Somnium is nearing emerging from the shipyard in Aalsmeer. Credit: Feadship

Dutch shipyard Feadship has shared images of the newly-built 55m Somnium superyacht emerging from the shipyard in Aalsmeer earlier this week ahead of its sea trials.

Somnium, meaning “Dream” in Latin, is the first fully customized superyacht for its seasoned Northern European owner who plans to travel the world with three generations of family members.

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Somnium means “Dream” in Latin. Credit: Feadship

Designed by Studio De Voogt, the first fully customized superyacht for the seasoned Northern European owner was created with a cozy interior design by FM Architettura.

Together with his representative Ron Kleverlaan from Waterman Marine Consultancy, the owner chose Feadship after a comprehensive study of which yard could meet his insistence on a bespoke build without compromising on quality.

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Inspired by the sporty lines of fast cars. Credit: Feadship

Convinced that no one else could meet his stringent demands, the owner opted for Feadship and poured his heart and soul into the project, making bi-weekly visits to the yard during the build and regularly enjoying a beer with the build team on Fridays.

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Designed to travel the world with three generations aboard. Credit: Feadship

As a fan of fast cars, the owner of Somnium was keen for the aluminum hull to sport a similar sporty line which enhances efficiency and ensures shallow drafts required for exploring at will. Once anchored at their destination, the family can access all the benefits of an enclosed tender garage and dedicated dive equipment store.

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Vast decks with an exclusive lounge area on the foredeck. Credit: Feadship

For guests who choose to stay on board, Somnium’s vast outside decks include an exclusive lounge area on the foredeck, a pool with adjustable floor and counterflow on the aft deck, and an inviting Jacuzzi island on the sun deck.

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Interior highlights to be revealed in due course include a gymnasium with a fold-down platform, a full-beam owners’ stateroom with a balcony, and four roomy guest suites on the lower deck.

The Feadship built Somnium will now complete sea trials ahead of her final delivery to the owner.

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Oceanco and Pininfarina Unveil 295ft KAIROS Hybrid Superyacht Concept



Oceanco shipyard, Pininfarina design studio and Lateral Naval Architects have collaborated for the first time ever and unveiled the new 295ft KAIROS hybrid superyacht concept.
Oceanco Kairos Pininfarina Render

Superyacht shipyard Oceanco, Pininfarina design studio, and Lateral Naval Architects have recently collaborated for the first time on a 295ft hybrid superyacht concept known as KAIROS that focuses on sustainability and innovation.

The futuristic design takes its name from an ancient Greek word meaning “time” and is based on Oceanco’s NXT initiative, a movement designed to draw industry members and users together to explorers a future where yacht owners can experience life on the water in the most sustainable and rewarding way possible while reducing the burning of fossil fuels to propel and operate yachts.

“Oceanco NXT represents our commitment, and fundamental belief that the best way to set new benchmarks is to co-create them with experts from a wide array of industries – not just yachting. In creating Oceanco NXT, we seek partners who share a common ambition to innovate and forge a sustainable pathway for tomorrow’s yachts. We are invested in an outcome where the future is zero [emissions],” says Marcel Onkenhout, CEO of Oceanco.

Developed around an E-Hybrid propulsion system that uses batteries as the primary energy source, the new KAIROS hybrid superyacht concept is a step toward creating the envisioned zero-emissions future.

“KAIROS is a remarkable vision shared by three passionate, forward-thinking partners: Pininfarina, Lateral and Oceanco,” shared Oceanco CEO Marcel Onkenhout. “When Owners see the Oceanco NXT endorsement on a yacht’s design, they know they can expect elevated standards of life onboard that are in tune with new perspectives on sustainability and lifestyle.”

“Our passion as designers is to imagine new concepts of space that are capable of bringing enchantment to every moment of the yachting experience,” adds Paolo Pininfarina, Chairman of Pininfarina.

Further details are expected to be released over the coming months.

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New DIANA R.50 Superyacht Concept Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Design Studio



Diana Yacht Design are celebrating the architecture studio’s 50th anniversary with a bold sub-500 GT superyacht design known as DIANA R.50.
Created to maximize the design of a sub-500 GT yacht. Credit: Diana Yacht Design
Created to maximize the design of a sub-500 GT yacht. Credit: Diana Yacht Design

Dutch-based Diana Yacht Design first opened its doors in Amstelveen, the Netherlands, in 1971, and after more than 70 superyacht deliveries, they are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with the reveal of a bold new sub-500 GT superyacht design known as DIANA R.50.

The new DIANA R.50 superyacht concept. Credit: Diana Yacht Design
The new DIANA R.50 superyacht concept. Credit: Diana Yacht Design

Measuring 154ft (47m) in length, the idea behind the DIANA R.50 concept was to create a yacht design that maximizes what you can do with a boat coming in below 500 GT.

Featuring bold lines and a two-tone color scheme of Chevy White and Gunmetal Grey, the DIANA R.50 offers an open layout that provides expansive views from every deck and maximizes living spaces for the 12 guests onboard.

Jacuzzi on the sundeck of the DIANA R.50. Credit: Diana yacht Design
Jacuzzi on the sundeck of the DIANA R.50. Credit: Diana yacht Design

An integrated Jacuzzi on the sun deck, accompanied by a large entertaining bar and a dining area, creates the perfect entertaining space and includes a touch-and-go helipad for an EC135 helicopter for guests leaving and returning to the superyacht.

Touch-and-go helipad on the sundeck. Credit: Diana Yacht Design
Touch-and-go helipad on the sundeck. Credit: Diana Yacht Design

Discussing the concept for DIANA R.50, Hans-Maarten Bais, Diana Yacht Creative Director, shared, “She started life after a discussion with a client. As a finalist in the Boat International Young Design Awards, our designer Casper Marelis was full of fantastic ideas. Together with our team of naval architects, supervised by Bart de Haan, he created a design and presented a yacht that the client loved.”

The DIANA R.50 initially started as a concept designed by Casper Marelis. Credit: Diana Yacht Design
The DIANA R.50 initially started as a concept designed by Casper Marelis. Credit: Diana Yacht Design

“Ultimately, the project did not go ahead, but we knew that this design was too good to hide away. We decided to revisit the design together with the DIANA team for our 50th anniversary. We expanded on the original concept to create something really unique. “

Diana Yacht Design R.50 Stern Night

“The goal was to create a yacht that feels huge and is full of superyacht features – all while remaining under that crucial 500 GT mark,” continued Bais. “From the incredible toy storage and a touch-and-go helipad to the sun-drenched sundeck complete with Jacuzzi and full entertainment area, the result is something special. DIANA is a team passionate about life on the ocean, and R.50 is a yacht that fully represents that. There’s no better way to mark 50 years of DIANA.”

Diana Yacht Design R.50 Layout

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