Superyacht - - News - Text by Ro­ber­to Ne­glia – Pho­tos by Mar­ti­nez Stu­dio, Gil­les Mar­tin-ra­get and To­ni Me­ne­guz­zo

A di­scer­ning ow­ner’s vi­sion, in co­n­junc­tion wi­th the yard’s and pro­ject design team’s for top re­sul­ts. He­re’s the Ma­xi, wi­th no ‘ifs’ or ‘bu­ts’ in li­ne wi­th Wal­ly Ya­ch­ts’ box-ru­le so as to get 30 me­tre superyachts to com­pe­te again­st one ano­ther whi­le blen­ding ra­cer per­for­man­ce wi­th grand crui­ser in­te­riors.

Theo­w­ners’ re­que­st couldn’t ha­ve been mu­ch clea­rer: a yacht wi­th a quan­tum of so­la­ce built to re­pel mo­dern li­fe’s stress. In other words for the ca­se in point a sai­ling yacht whi­ch is not over­ly lu­xu­rious in any way, no frills in­clu­ded, and ra­ther sim­ple if not exac­tly mi­ni­ma­li­st, an ode to the plea­su­re and art of sai­ling wi­th the per­for­man­ce of a ma­xi ra­cer. And thus “Ga­la­tea” is born, the la­te­st from the box-ru­led Wal­ly 100’, de­sti­ned to crui­se the Me­di­ter­ra­nean and to com­pe­te in Wal­ly Class com­pe­ti­tions whi­ch com­pri­se “Ma­gic Car­pet3”, “Ma­gic car­pet Cu­bed” and “Open Sea­son”. The lay­out of the flu­sh- deck is ob­viou­sly li­near, clut­ter free wi­th a hu­ge coc­k­pit ho­sting up to ten. Astern of it a lo­ve­ly sun ba­thing area whi­ch ex­tends to the tran­som. The boat to beat “Ma­gic Car­pet3” in­spi­red the ba­sis for this pro­ject design ini­tial­led by Rei­chel Pu­gh Yacht Design (eve­ry com­pe­ti­tor can choo­se his pre­fer­red design team). For this rea­son the wa­ter­li­ne has been leng­the­ned, beam has been op­ti­mi­zed at amid­ships. Abo­ve all di­spla­ce­ment has been re­du­ced whi­le bal­la­st ra­tio has been pro­por­tio­nal­ly in­crea­sed. It is no coin­ci­den­ce that “Ga­la­tea” sports the lighte­st di­spla­ce­ment of any other car­bon built 100’ ever built by Green Ma­ri­ne. The con­fi­gu­ra­tion of any ove­rhang has been re­de­si­gned to up­gra­de per­for­man­ce when sai­ling

TECHNICAL DATA LOA: 30.48 m – Beam: 7.20 m – Draught: 4.40/6.20 m – Di­spla­ce­ment: 49.95 tons – Sail plan: 640 squa­re me­tres – En­gi­ne:350 HP.

up­wind on a clo­se haul and con­se­quen­tly a new sail plan has been de­vi­sed to car­ry mo­re can­vass. The weight re­duc­tion of the hull meant ra­tio­na­li­zing struc­tu­re, wi­th di­ver­se com­po­nen­ts and on board sy­stems whi­ch al­so in­vol­ved re­du­cing the cen­tre of gra­vi­ty and con­cen­tra­ting weight amid­ships. Ou­tstan­ding work has been car­ried out on the plan­ts whe­re the main sy­stems ha­ve been grou­ped as mu­ch as pos­si­ble near to the en­gi­ne room and ship sto­res and not on­ly to pla­ce weight amid­ships but al­so wi­th a view to re­du­ce ca­ble leng­ths. The cy­lin­ders de­ployed to lift the keel are ul­tra light thanks to the de­ploy­ment of car­bon and ti­ta­nium. Al­so the pi­ping

of the hy­drau­lic plant are in car­bon. And the A/C va­ria­ble speed com­pres­sor’s con­den­ser is built in weight sa­ving ti­ta­nium by Ter­mo­di­na­mi­ca. “To ob­tain the­se re­sul­ts” – says a yard’s tech­ni­cian –“eve­ry in­ch of the yacht from the bla­de’s bulb to the top of the ma­st, eve­ry nut and bolt has been wei­ghed not in terms of ki­los but of grams”. The sa­vings in terms of weight are in the hun­dreds of ki­los. In ad­di­tion to de­ploy­ing fe­ma­le moulds, ma­chi­ne too­led by nu­me­ri­cal hi­gh pre­ci­sion con­trol. To re­du­ce weight fur­ther we’ve wor­ked wi­th -C- De­si­gns, Ca­ri­bo­ni, Har­ken, APM (Keel lif­ting sy­stem), Southern Spar. Fur­ther ra­tio­na­li­sa­tion has been ob­tai­ned by fit­ting the hull wi­th ho­me built parts that would ha­ve been ma­chi­ne too­led in a di­ver­se way if con­trac­ted out and sub­se­quen­tly in­stal­led wi­th epo­xy re­sins”. All of this en­gi­nee­ring stems from a con­si­de­ra­ble ran­ge of tools and gau­ges whi­ch de­li­ver data con­cer­ning re­si­stan­ce and ri­gi­di­ty of the hull’s struc­tu­re by re­fer­ring to the re­sul­ts of ana­ly­ses car­ried out on fi­ni­shed parts (FEA). The main con­struc­tion ma­te­rial is uni­di­rec­tio­nal IMC (in­ter­me­dia­te mo­du­le car­bon) fi­bre. Nor­mal­ly this is re­ser­ved for cri­ti­cal areas whi­ch re­qui­re top qua­li­ty con­struc­tion pro­ces­ses su­ch as til­ler bla­des, and masts, whi­le using the pro­duct to build an en­ti­re boat gua­ran­tees an ex­tre­me­ly ri­gid hull wi­th a Ke­vlar ho­ney comb co­re. The

in­te­riors too ha­ve been su­per­vi­sed by AIM Yacht In­te­riors as management and Struik & Ha­mer­slag as sup­pliers – they’re ve­ry light­weight thanks to a spe­ci­fic design. He­re lu­xu­ry is de­ter­mi­ned by the R&D technical work in­vol­ved, by the re­fi­ne­ment of the so­lu­tions adop­ted, by the sim­pli­ci­ty and prac­ti­cal use of the decor. Sty­li­sti­cal­ly spea­king the decor re­calls the ‘fif­ties.the co­lours are na­tu­ral, bul­kheads are light li­ned in fi­ne li­nen whi­ch want to re­cap­tu­re the whi­te­ness of the sails and aim to di­stract you from the fact you are not out on deck.the interior design fo­re­sees show ca­sing se­ve­ral parts in car­bon fi­bre, whi­ch has been fi­ne­ly fi­ni­shed to re­mind guests they’re sai­ling on a hi­ghly per­for­ming yacht. Ani­gré es­sen­ces li­ne fur­ni­tu­re, the lar­ge sa­loon di­ning area sports a sculp­tu­re li­ke di­ning ta­ble by Mar­tin Gum­per whi­ch ta­kes the lion’s share. Al­so wor­thy of no­te he­re are ma­de to mea­su­re mir­rors in per­fo­ra­ted me­tal and so­me of the fur­ni­shing’s de­tails whi­ch re­call Giò Pon­ti, Char­lot­te Per­riand and Le Cor­bu­sier.the ow­ner’s sui­te is si­tua­ted in the bow area, whi­le the two dou­bles for vi­si­ting guests are si­tua­ted in the stern. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion www.wal­ly.com



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