Wallypower 58 Evokes Iconic Pedigree At Venice Boat Show Debut

I’m at a loss for words. I know, that’s a pretty crazy way to explain—in words!— my initial reaction to seeing photos of the new wallypower 58 that just debuted at the Venice Boat Show. But, since I’ve been writing about the innovative Italian yacht designer Luca Bassani and his ground breaking sailing and motor yachts since he founded Wally Yachts in the 1990’s. And since he continues to be one of the most innovative and influential yacht designers in the world, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the wallypower58 has taken by breath away like the wallypower 118 did when it was launched 20 years ago.

And since I don’t know what else to say, why don’t we just let Bassani and Wally Yachts Managing Director Stefano de Vivo explain their newest creation.

“As on the first wallypower118, the wallypower58 features pure lines dominated by the double chines in the hull and the air intakes,” says Luca Bassani, Wally Founder and Chief Designer. “The bow meets the water with a smooth, swooping line that extends all the way aft.”

“At Wally we often say that our yachts are 20 years ahead of their time,” de Vivo says. “That’s very much the reality as the new wallypower58 honors the aesthetic of the groundbreaking wallypower118. Of course, we’ve incorporated numerous technical and practical innovations we’ve developed since 2003, ensuring the wallypower58 leads the way for yachts in its category for many years to come.

“For example, to minimize lateral opening windows that usually spoil the lines of the hull, we decided to remove them completely and install gimbal stabilized cameras with 4K resolution on each side of the hull. The two cameras are connected to two screens mounted to port and to starboard in the saloon, creating a wide outside view without having any portholes. We are very proud of this innovative and effective solution that requires less maintenance than portholes, no risk of damaging glass while docking alongside and, above all, maximum privacy both at anchor and in the port.”

“The wallypower58 is for those who appreciate essential, simple and pure lines, and who understand how they will really want to use a yacht,” Bassani adds. “Its overnight capacity for up to four people opens up a whole new realm of cruising possibilities for couples, families and friends alike who may not wish to spend every night ashore.”

It’s not a surprise that the wallypower58 features the design features for which Wally’s recent vessels are known. Walls of curved glass windows provide panoramic views. Wide and deep walkways link the bow and stern. Ample shaded guest areas provide both protection from and connection to the environment.

In fact, the adjustable cockpit top features an electric hatch to allow for increased ventilation as needed, while the covered exterior area can be air conditioned to offer relief from warmer conditions at anchor or in port. When cruising in chillier climates, the cockpit can be fully enclosed by isinglass for protection against the cold.

The aft deck’s large sun pad comes as standard, with lounging space for four adults looking across the stern alongside four adults seated facing forward, with a voluminous toy storage unit located underneath that is accessed via two gullwing doors. This aft deck area also benefits from optional shade provided by an innovative electrical awning overhead.

Throughout the exterior, the wallypower58 delivers flexibility for all manner of guest needs and configurations. In the upper cockpit there is generous seating for 12-16 guests across the two flanking benches and on the forward-facing portion of the sun pad. To the starboard, a large table opens to create a seated dining area while still allowing unobstructed passage from the cabin area on the port side. The galley is split into two sections, allowing for independent configuration of the spaces from a long list of options including fridges, icemakers, cooking tops and storage.

On the lower deck, where the natural light floods from overhead, the flexibility continues. The wallypower58 comes as standard with a full-beam “double saloon” for guest and owner use, with a day head incorporating a separate shower to the port side. Natural illumination is provided through a large overhead glass panel that is embedded in the main deck. Up front, the master cabin features a queen-size bed and ensuite bathroom featuring a large, standalone shower.

Should the owner’s expected cruising program call for full-time professional crew onboard, the wallypower58 can also be laid out with a comfortable, fixed single crew berth with ensuite facilities amidships in lieu of the guest cabin. This configuration is ideal for charter boats and large-yacht chase boats, as it provides appropriate fixed crew accommodation without interfering with the day guests’ spaces, including a dedicated guest head off the lower deck’s saloon.

And yes, the wallypower58 is reported to be as fast as it looks. I just can’t wait to find out for myself.

Stay tuned.

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