I'm sure many of you have heard of Wally Yachts, even if you haven't had the pleasure of owning one of their (unbelievably expensive) yachts. Personally, I've never been a fan of boats or the open sea, but the crafts from Wally make me seriously reconsider that predisposition.
Wally Yachts was founded in Monaco in 1994 by Italian Luca Bassani. In the nearly two decades since, Wally has become a world-renowned leader in luxury yacht design and construction, pushing the limits of the conventional design practices. Wally recently partnered with equally renowned luxury goods and design house Hermes to form Wally Hermes Yachts (WHY), generating concepts that break the rules of the opulent seafaring lifestyle.
Here are a few choice selections from Wally's fleet:
With four Volvo engines and a top speed of over 40 knots, the Wally 55 is the perfect combination of performance and pure relaxation. The sleek lines seem more fit for a Navy SEAL boat, but the comfortable open seating in the stern is rather disarming. The cabins below deck look like pure Swiss hotel. I never thought pampering and raw power went hand-in-hand before this.
The 50-meter-long sloop is the first Wally mega-yacht of this size built entirely from "advanced composites," such as a "carbon honeycomb" hull. Once again, the focus is on balancing performance with luxury in this head-turning blue paint job.
Featured as a futuristic yacht in the Ewan McGregor's flop "The Island," the 118 looks like a James Bond villain's wet dream. A stealthy exterior with recessed wood seating in the bow is matched with a stately interior suited for Ernst Blofeld. Putting out 17,000 horsepower and over 60 knots—I want one.
WHY 58 x 38
I'm really at a loss as to how to describe WHY's yacht creations as anything other than fucking monstrous. The company describes the 58 x 38 as having a "singular shape and volume [that provides] a new experience of life on board that is respectful of the sea and the environment." If by "respectful" you mean turning the ocean into a playground for the obscenely rich? In all fairness, WHY does set some sustainability goals, but that seems similar to trying to make a Hummer H2 more green...also known as missing the point.
Dave Seliger is a Postgrad Fellow in Logistics and Ext Affairs at the NYC Office of Emergency Management. He has extensive experience helping firefighters, police officers, and disaster responders improve their services through design.