The 27-metre WHY200 mixes the style and space of a much larger yacht with the power and speed of a Wally.


Wally Yachts, whether sail or motor, have always been designed to perform. The legendary 36-metre, 118 Wally Power produced 16,800hp, giving her a top speed of 65 knots – incredible numbers indeed, but 27 Wallyace aside, Wally’s founder Luca Bassani has often chosen sheer style over usable interior space. That is, until now.


Making its debut at last year’s Cannes Yachting Festival, the 27-metre WHY200 has the ability to hit a 23-knot top speed, courtesy of its quad Volvo Penta D-13 IPS 1350 engines. A high-performance hull makes the WHY200 a fast cruiser too, but it’s this Laurent Giles-designed, naval-tested hull that also allows the Wally to ride the waves like a displacement yacht.


A guaranteed smooth sail has allowed Studio A. Vallicelli & C to really go to town on Wally’s interior. Despite her relatively compact size, the WHY200 measures in at 200 gross tonnes, plenty of volume to create space and some unique living areas. The Wally’s spectacular 4.7-metre-high glazed bow houses the master suite that overlooks the sea, with an uninterrupted 270-degree view of the horizon. It’s whisper-quiet in the bow too, as the engine room is located under the aft deck, far from the Owner’s 37-m2 apartment.

The Wally’s spectacular 4.7-metre-high glazed bow houses the master suite that overlooks the sea.
Space and pace: The Wally delivers up to 50% more space than traditional 24-metre yachts, but without making the speed concessions of a displacement yacht.

This first unit of the WHY200 range also features a VIP and two guest cabins on the lower deck. These are connected with the upper decks by a one-piece laminated carbon staircase which, as well as having a load-bearing function, is an extremely light element making the bulkheads superfluous in the huge 61-m2 open space living area.

“We are very proud of WHY200, a yacht that was a bit of a gamble but that today rewards us with a result that exceeds our wildest expectations,” says Stefano de Vivo, Wally Managing Director. “With its widebody design, this yacht offers far larger volumes compared to traditional motorboats, plus a living space and stability that are definitely greater than any competitor’s.”

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Whereas the bow may well be new look, the huge beach club and its proximity to the water is typical Wally. Here, guests can laze on the huge sun pads, or enjoy a 32-m2 living area with the drop-down bulwarks lowered.

“Like all Wallys, which for 25 years have been ahead of their time and the setters of new standards in yachting design, the new compact superyacht WHY200 carries the ‘Wow’ factor engraved in its DNA,” comments Bassani. “The new WHY200 expresses all its innovative power through new architectural elements, which represent a break with the past and with the typical clichés of a motor yacht. Ferretti Group made it possible to realise a concept that had been close to my heart for some time, believing in the success of a bold design that will improve the owner’s experience on board and represent a turning point in the motor yacht market.”