WHY150 - another stunning Wally design.

The 78-foot yacht comes with much exterior space. Powered by up to three Volvo IPS1350 engines, the vessel reaches a maximum speed of 23 knots. The owner chooses the triple IPS1200; the boat reaches  21 knots.

The effect is not only immediate in terms of striking aesthetics – unmistakable Wally – but also in terms of the genius of the spaces and what they offer. This is the traditional idea of what a yacht should be completely inverted to show what a yacht can be: bold, brilliant, and utterly practicable for big days out on the water with family and friends.

The forward master takes everything the wallywhy200 offers and slides it into the smaller 150 with barely a hint of compromise. The comfortable double bed still gets its walkaround space and still benefits from that glorious yawn of a view, a true aquatic amphitheater to watch the ever-changing play of the sea and sky. Below, there are options for either a VIP, guest double, and guest twin cabins, or two VIP cabins. Whichever layout is preferred, the stretch of glass that enwraps the hull and superstructure means vast vistas and natural light in abundance.

Back on the main deck, the interior is split between a lower and upper saloon area, with low-rise steps connecting the two. The standard layout would be to have the sofa on the upper level and dining on the lower, but this is not set in stone. Indeed, flexibility is key here, and this space begs to be configured in original ways – and, of course, customization in function, materials, and finishes is the Wally way, meaning each wallywhy150 can bear the unique mark of her owner. In addition, there is an option for an open-plan galley to open up the area even more.

Stefano de Vivo, Wally’s Managing Director, explains: “The exterior areas are absolutely huge and are unmatched for her size. The upper deck is completely open, giving you an enormous amount of protected space on top, which is equivalent to what you would see on a 40-meter yacht (131’3″). On board, you can enjoy a full dining setting on the sundeck, a sunbathing area, a shaded lounge, and much more–almost the full length of the boat is outside. This appeals to a lot of contemporary owners who want to make sure they have a strong connection to the water.” He continues: “Another important detail of the wallywhy150 is the floor-to-ceiling glass which dominates the design of the vessel. This continuous glass which runs through the outside of the vessel is replicated inside: when guests are sitting on the sofa or at the dining table, they will still feel in close contact with the natural environment. Using so much glass presented our engineers with numerous technical challenges, but you must be brave enough to push the boundaries and shift existing design parameters. You can see this also in our choice to include the highest-ever ceiling in the saloon for a yacht of this size–the headroom reaches 2,5 meters (8’2″), which is usually found inan 80-meter yacht (262’4″).”

Interior of the Wally WHY150

The master cabin on the main deck has a 270-degree panoramic view. For the lower deck, the Owner can choose a 2-VIP or a 1-VIP + 1 guest cabin layout.

Luca Bassani, Wally’s Founder and Chief Designer, comments: “It is the simplicity and accessibility of the layout which makes it so appealing to a huge range of clients–it offers the ultimate flexible platform for those looking to expand the horizon of traditional planning-craft usage. This is the first vessel with direct access to the sea at cockpit level with no stairs necessary–it is effectively a floating loft on the water. As we all know, owners are increasingly prioritising adventure on the water and exploration more than ever, and we made sure to incorporate this into thewallywhy150’s design.”

In engineering terms, Wally has been able to utilize its expertise in developing lightweight and intricate sailing and motor yachts, as well as the extensive knowledge of the Ferretti Group Engineering team. The outcome is quite remarkable, as the hull features large areas of glass that provide the forward, elevated primary suite with the distinctive wallywhy wraparound bow windows and create double-decker full-height windows in the split-level saloon.

The wallywhy150 is truly unique in every aspect. The aft cockpit seamlessly connects to the lower part of the saloon, forming a spacious indoor-outdoor terrace that extends uninterrupted from the upper saloon towards the sea at the back. The ingenious design allows for the raising of stoppers to separate the lowering aft section of the terrace from the forward part, creating a seaworthy barrier for long-distance voyages while still allowing unrestricted access to the water when at anchor. The hydraulic aft platform can be lowered for launching a tender or used as a submerged beach and swim platform. Additionally, the design accommodates various water toys and a 3.9-meter tender.

The wallywhy150 also offers its owners the capability for extended cruising, with a promised range of approximately 400 miles at cruising speed. Equipped with optional triple Volvo Penta IPS1350s, the 150 can reach an impressive top speed of 23 knots, while the standard Volvo Penta IPS 1200s delivers a speed of 21 knots.


Exterior photos: Gilles Martin-Raget

Interior photos: Toni Meneguzzo