Wally Yachts is based in Monte Carlo, Monaco and quite simply creates luxury boats that even James Bond would be jealous of. Founded by the wealthy Italian businessman Luca Bassani in 1994, Wally started out primarily as a sail boat design firm although they have more recently branched out into designing cutting edge motor yachts, one of the most noteworthy to date of these power boats is the 118 WallyPower.
The 118 in the words of Wally themselves “is arguably the most distinctive and fastest motor yacht in the world. It’s three gas turbine engines produce 17,000 horsepower, propelling the 118 to more than 60 knots. With its striking vertical bow it cuts through the water with unmatched stability and control so that even at high speeds the experience is pure Wally. With bright and spacious interiors the 118 is a truly unique combination of the thrills of a high-performance sport boat with the comforts of a luxury cruising yacht.”
Another of their most noteworthy boats is the Wally Ace which they describe as “the displacement motor yacht line like no other, with huge open spaces and an unmatched degree of light and quality of design. The unique aft owner’s suite of the 26m and 30m models, has direct access to the Terrace-on-the-sea, while the social spaces blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living. In both sizes, a huge onboard garage stores a six metre tender plus all the usual toys and an unusually spacious galley and crew quarters mean that you and your guests can be pampered in the greatest style. Whisper-quiet, fuel-efficient diesel engines can take you non-stop from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, while an exceptional hull design and gyroscopic stabilisation ensure a smooth and stable ride.”
Wally is considered one of the world’s premier yacht builders, noted for its unique blend of stylish, sleek, minimalist design, power and comfort. Celebrities owning a Wally include Gianni Agnelli, Juan Carlos I of Spain, Marco Tronchetti Provera, and Lindsay Owen-Jones. Their sailboats and powerboats have consistently veered toward the extreme edge of modern-day aesthetics and performance.
It is rumoured that it costs approximately 10 per cent of the build costs to run a boat each year – and the saying goes “The two best days of owning a yacht are the day you buy it and the day you sell it”. With some of their boats easily costing in excess of £20 million you can only assume that the maintenance and upkeep of these super boats is mere drop in the ocean to their exceedingly wealthy owners.
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