A parallel Worlds

Sunday November 1 2009 / Science & Technology - Art & Design

WHY yachts is a combination of Wally yachts - known for their ultra-modern minimalism - Hermès- standing for understated classical elegance. One might be forgiven for thinking that those two worlds are more likely to collide than blend; however, Why loos to be the very best of both.


Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Artistic Director of Hermès says : “When we met, in autumn 2007, Luca Bassani Antivari, President of Wally had thought about asking Hermès to accessorise the interior of one of his boats. I was impressed by the daring of his projects. My instinct was to get on board with him and go and seek out new territories in yacht design, but I had no interest in speed.

Luca Bassani Antivari explains: “What I’ve always liked about Hermès, aside from its intrinsic quality, is its audacity and radicalism; its desire to go beyond trends, to make no compromises and to maintain the authenticity of the house. Wally shares the same values, ‘Hermès-on-Land’, ‘Wally-on-Sea’: inevitably our paths had to cross.”

 Why settle for oceanfront estate when you can have a mobile multiple-oceanfront estate?

While most yachts, whether racing, crusing or luxury are long and thin, Why is 58 metres long by a massive 38 metres wide. But Why's USP isn't its stunning looks or 25 metre pool, it is its eco-friendliness.

Thanks to its specific hull, Why 58x38 requires less power at cruising speed than a boat of equal size. Its diesel-electric propulsion is the most efficient motorisation today, and the surface of the photovoltaic panels, almost 900 square metres, covers most of the boat’s auxiliary system needs.

We are very interested in creating a yacht that will have a low environmental impact”, says Pierre-Alexis Dumas. “Its relationship with the sea must be respectful and easy. Why intends to offer a new way of moving over water by creating an innovative way of managing and recycling its sources and uses of energy.” “If you want to go totally ecological, the only solution is sailing. The reality is that today, 90 % of the market is powerboats, echoes Luca Bassani Antivari. Our aim is to reduce diesel consumption per year and per yacht: 20 to 30 % for propulsion and 40 to 50 % for generation.”

For more information, please visit www.why-yachts.com

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Maximilian Büsser