For the first time, Espen Øino and Luca Bassani have creatively come together to design a fast open superyacht that will change the way the world sees Mediterranean cruiser yachts forever. The 165 Wallypower is unmistakably a thoroughbred from the Wally stable, displaying performance and efficiency, an affinity with the sea and a piercing bow to effortlessly cut through waves.
Inspired by the radical look of the 118 Wallypower, one of Wally’s first breakaway power boat creations, Øino took the essence of Bassani’s vision and transmuted it into this completely new category for the brand. The result is a Mediterranean cruiser that is fast, effortlessly cool and unapologetically contemporary.
The 165 Wallypower is the first power superyacht concept to be released by Wally since it became a part of Ferretti Group this year, and its innovative nature is testament to why the two major yachting brands are so well aligned.
The essence of any Wally is its innovation and power to surprise. As a category that has seen a lack of modernisation over the decades, the fast open yacht market was ripe for an overhaul. Owners wanting a modern, medium-range Mediterranean cruising yacht to take them quickly and comfortably between glamorous destinations need look no further.
Øino’s 165 Wallypower concept incorporates features that are distinctively “Wally”, and previously unseen on Mediterranean cruisers: uncluttered lines and open decks with a sharp, angular look; a large interior volume made possible through smart naval architecture and design; a sprawling outdoor space with natural flow to the interior for an “indoor-outdoor” lifestyle; and a sense of always being close to the water.
The 50-metre superyacht has a tonnage under 500GRT, yet offers a superior feeling of space and many elements typically expected on a larger vessel. The 165 Wallypower’s standout features are plentiful, in particular the owner’s stateroom location on the main deck, providing privacy and space not usually afforded to owners of yachts this length. A further four ensuite guest cabins are found on the lower deck, alongside the crew and service area towards the bow.
Amidships on the main deck is a large saloon and dining area with double fold-down balconies, leading seamlessly to an outdoor dining space and swimming pool flanked by large sunpads. Port and starboard staircases take guests to the water’s edge with a beach club featuring U-shaped seating and large, fold-down bulwarks to extend the deck beyond the sides of the hull.
Typical of Wally’s signature look, railings and deck equipment are kept to a minimum, giving a sense of space and serenity. Glass replaces solid exterior bulwarks where possible, to maximise the feeling of closeness to the water, and tenders are stored in a concealed garage beneath the foredeck, which is uncluttered and vast.
The sundeck extends a full 15 metres, unheard of on a yacht of this size and type. At the top of the staircase from the glass-encased bridge, a large raised settee offers an excellent vantage point for owners and guests while underway, and a central U-shaped bar is fully protected from the elements by a large hardtop and high glass bulwarks. A wide sunpad to the aft of the sundeck commands near-panoramic views of the water for the perfect relaxation spot.
The 165 Wallypower delivers the assured seakeeping that one would expect of a Wally yacht. Slamming is the bane of many an owner’s life when it comes to fast open yachts but, thanks to the exceptional naval architecture expertise put to use in the superior hullform of the 165 Wallypower, it pierces the water effortlessly without a bump or roll.