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