Construction of the first Wally 145 began in May at the Persico Marine shipyard in Massa Carrara, Italy.
Among the yacht’s many features are a hybrid propulsion package that includes a lithium battery pack that lets the vessel run in silent mode, even with air conditioning and the auxiliary systems running.
Bow and stern thrusters and two electric engines connected to twin retractable shafts provide positioning capability for maneuvering in silent mode. This technology results in a zero-emission, eco-friendly yacht.
With her twin 640-hp MAN engines, she cruises at 15 knots.
“The new Wally 145 is the perfect yacht to enjoy sailing around the world,” Wally Yachts founder and president Luca Bassani said in a statement. “She epitomizes our credo of uncompromised performance, combined with timeless appeal and providing the owners with the pleasure of truly sailing in any wind condition, from the very light to the strong airs in complete comfort.”
When under sail, the boat has an advantageous sail area that lets her run fast, even in light winds. The manufacturer saved weight by using carbon-fiber technology in the boat’s construction.
In regard to accommodations, the main lounge and guest cockpits are all on the same level, which enhances flow throughout the boat. The interior layout features an owner’s suite with two queen-sized berths, his and hers toilets, a separate shower, an office and two walk-in closets, and a new design element.
“An absolute world’s first of our 44-meter is the third cockpit incorporated aft in the lower deck at the master suite’s level,” Bassani said. “This new cockpit is reserved to the owners, who can enjoy the outside in complete privacy.”
Guest cabins can accommodate as many as six people. The salon is amidships and has space for 10 adults to relax. It also connects directly to two cockpits, creating a large living and socializing area.
The Wally 145 is scheduled for launch in May 2019.