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Best of the Best 2013: Semicustom Yachts: Wally WallyAce

Bailey S. Barnard

For nearly 20 years, Wally Yachts has been producing boats unlike any others on the water. From their aggressive exterior lines to their top-notch performance to their efficient use of interior and deck space, these cutting-edge cruisers continually offer a glimpse into yachting’s future. Wally’s latest semicustom model—the 86-foot WallyAce—is the Monaco-based builder’s most forward-thinking design to date.

The WallyAce, the first example of which was delivered in August, features an exceptionally wide beam—25.5 feet at its widest point—that affords implausibly spacious living areas for a sub-100-foot yacht. The boat’s extra width also contributes to greater stability in rough waters, as do the vessel’s gyroscopic stabilizer and patented Wallybow design. Newly introduced with the WallyAce, the Wallybow consists of a concave shape that extends the length of the hull just above the waterline, enabling the vessel to cut waves for a smoother ride.

The Wallybow design also contributes to the WallyAce’s impressive fuel efficiency. A pair of CAT C12 diesel motors power the boat to a deliberately relaxed top speed of 13 knots. When cruising at 8 knots, the yacht can venture for 10,000 nautical miles—an unprecedented range for a vessel of its size.

The WallyAce is indeed intended for long stints at sea, with spacious and highly functional living areas located throughout its three decks. Bulwarks and other nonfunctional surfaces take up considerable exterior space on most yachts in this size range, but the WallyAce utilizes virtually all of the outdoor areas, which total almost 1,400 square feet.

The initial example of the WallyAce—christened Kanga—offers a barbecue grill and a full wet bar amidships on the roughly 650-square-foot sundeck, as well as a seating and casual-dining area aft. Forward on Kanga’s sundeck, a Wally-built couch and coffee table convert into a 100-square-foot sun pad.

Kanga’s main deck features approximately 1,300 square feet of interior and exterior space. A nearly full-beam lounging pad and a large rectangular dining table are located aft; forward, an additional U-shaped dining area converts into an enormous sun pad when the dining table is lowered. The main deck’s superstructure surrounds the yacht’s saloon in large windows to afford 360-degree views.

Wally designed and built nearly every piece of furniture for Kanga (which charters through the Switzerland-based broker Floating Life for rates starting at about $62,000 per week). The company gives buyers of the WallyAce a selection of woods and fabrics to choose from for their furnishings, as well as a number of potential cabin configurations.

Depending on the configuration, the WallyAce can accommodate as many as 10 guests and four crew in the water-level sleeping quarters belowdecks. Kanga’s four-cabin, two-Pullman layout includes dual master suites aft, both with full-height window-doors that connect to the swim platform at the stern (accessible via port and starboard stairs from the main deck). The second WallyAce, which had not been christened at press time, features a lone master suite at the stern—the only full-width water-level cabin of its kind.
Additional highlights of the WallyAce include a 20-foot rigid inflatable tender—which is launched via mechanical crane—and a diving board that rises from the swim platform. Prices for the yacht start at about $7 million.

Wally Yachts, www.wally.com; Kanga available for charter through Floating Life, +41.91.690.0064, www.floatinglife.ch