I like boats to be lived outside. Like when I was child and enjoyed summers with my parents on a 5,5m Boston Whaler, spending the day in a little Sardinian bay: my father fishing octopus, my brother and I playing on surfboard, my mother sunbathing. Then a healthy homemade picnic lunch and sometimes, camping for a night to sleep in the islands between Corsica and Sardinia… It became a grandiose challenge to be able to design a boat which would reflect this lifestyle.
Where the idea was born
One day, Stefano Pastrovich went to the port of Cap d’Ail with Luca Bassani. Along the quay, they stopped in front of a moored Hinckley T40’, an attractive boat for her classic lines and for the use as a picnicking boat, for spending the day with a few friends, chatting, eating and relaxing. …Read More
Luca had imagined to design one model of the Wally range in that spirit. There, on the quay, they began to see how they might design it, what they liked about the boat and the functions they would like to offer clients with this design.
One of the first things Stefano and Luca agreed was to separate the roof from the windshield so air could circulate during the hot days of the Mediterranean summer. Then they thought that the lateral windshield should be as large as possible to increase the amount of shade outside. There would have been a big table for eating with friends, an open stern for swimming and sunbathing and finally, a grimace over the amount of space to be sacrificed inside to the exterior.
It wasn’t long after that moment on the quay, till the first prototype 47 Wallypower was launched. Patrick Banfield, Wally’s faithful naval architect, designed a slender and high-perfoming hull lines. Boat owners soon appreciated the design’s potential and this allowed to make improvements with each model till, today, it has become a design of amazing elegance and versatility.
The function of the aft terrace on the sea
The best aspect of a day at sea is surely being out in the open air: the lateral table in the shade and the external galley made for the most relaxing lunches. The transom is open, opening up the view without obstructing a refreshing dive into the sea as if you were on a beach. The sides of the aft bulwark are high enough to be able to relax, protected from the splashing waves while underway. With the early models, it was understood that the lateral windshields were not sufficient to keep from being splashed while underway in strong crosswinds. Therefore the whole structure of the deck house was modified designing long, opening ports the same shape as the windshield. They could thus be closed to protect against the spray and left open to allow the air to circulate on hot summer days.