WHY by Wally-Hermès Yachts

published in: Vehicles By Yasmine Hottary, 02 November 2009

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3D exterior image // Courtesy of Wally Hermès Yachts

A luxurious on-ground villa, that offers to its residents the comfort, spaciousness and interior flexibility but yet immobile?  Or a limited in space and wavering but at the same time capable of transferring you to any place you want yacht?  That could always be the question faced by clients of the luxury leisure sector.  Trying to address this issue while simultaneously implementing the know-how and craftsmanship of both companies, the Monaco-based yacht maker Wally and the luxury French brand Hermès, created WHY - a state-of the-art vessel, for which the idea of the hull was initially taken from a seismic vessel, and was redesigned and adapted to the needs of the sea. The outcome was a super-luxurious yacht which measures 58 meters long and 38 meters wide and can accommodate 12 guests and 20 crew members.

3D exterior image // Courtesy of Wally Hermès Yachts

WHY - video presentation

The interior of the yacht follows the high standards of the design companies and is fitted out with water resistant leather, whereas wood is used in most of the interior areas of the vessel.  The total 3.400m² guest surface areas, is divided into three different levels containing all rooms that could be found in a luxury villa such as lounges, dining rooms, libraries and spa areas.

3D exterior image // Courtesy of Wally Hermès Yachts

3D exterior image //Courtesy of Wally Hermès Yachts

The yacht has been tested under various conditions and the outcome is that under unfavourable weather conditions it remains more stable than any other of its type, and when anchored it creates a flat surface behind it where swimmers feel as if they are in an Olympic-sized pool.  Since the aim of the project is to create a boat that imitates the specifications of a luxury villa but also has the advantages of a boat, it also means that the vessel must be so stable so that the guests can engage in the same activities as they would on the ground.  WHY’s ability to offer this, is probably proved by the fact that it carries around it a real jogging track inspired by coastal paths!

3D interior image // Courtesy of Wally Hermès Yachts

3D interior image // Courtesy of Wally Hermès Yachts

What is extraordinary about this concept is that despite its lavishness, superior design and cutting-edge nautical technologies it is also environmentally ethical both in terms of the choice of its design materials and energy consumption.  WHY requires less power at cruising speed than a boat of equal size whereas it also carries a wind-turbine system and a rectangle mast that produces approximately 30% of the energy used to propel the boat.

This venture makes us happy not only because it constitutes a masterwork in terms of technology and design but also because it can set the example for future eco-friendly nautical conceptions.

3D interior image // Courtesy of Wally Hermès Yachts

WHY Design Team
Pierre-Alexis Dumas / Artistic Director, Hermès
Luca Bassani Antivari / President and CEO, Wally
Gabriele Pezzini / Design Director, Hermès
Mauro Sculli / Naval Architect

Naval engineering
Roar Ramde

Interior architecture
Denis Montel, RDAI


WHY yacht

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  • friend
    Prof Z | 2009-11-02 22:16:57

    nothing against my crabby flat, BUT i want to move in! Let me in!!!!

  • friend
    discolata | 2009-11-03 10:03:05

    lol me too :))) let me in! (i am even ready for time-share as long as it is in this).

  • friend
    Prof Z | 2009-11-03 13:24:01

    mega boat+ hermes + champagne , is Costas Onassis , now?

  • friend
    ambush cool | 2009-11-03 18:46:59

    Great post, love this!!! Thank you for sharing

  • friend
    Margot | 2009-11-03 20:21:02

    This is AMAZING

  • friend
    EFI TSOULOUCHOPOULOU | 2009-11-04 09:17:53


  • friend
    Hamster | 2009-11-04 19:12:25

    Some of those aerial shots look like its the end of a super yacht thats been cut off! V cool though!

  • friend
    stavros | 2009-11-04 21:17:24


  • friend
    mightymitch | 2009-11-05 12:07:18

    owning one of these, why should one care about global warming. it would be a nice place for vacation though.

  • friend
    tim | 2009-11-05 13:02:26

    very professional

  • friend
    IOSSIF ALIGHIZAKIS | 2009-11-06 16:22:08

    no comments...

  • friend
    Cassandra | 2009-11-07 06:59:17

    I am all over it, sign me up!!!

  • friend
    ZARROUCK | 2009-11-10 18:16:44


  • friend
    Christopher C Beau | 2009-12-07 01:38:36

    This is exquisite! And it's good for the planet, therefore it gets my vote!!! Thumbs up.

  • friend
    Emily | 2010-01-03 08:13:50

    This boat is "eco-friendly"? How on Earth can they make that claim? This sort of excess is the exact opposite of eco-friendliness. No matter how efficient the propulsion may be, this ridiculously extravagant yacht is using up vast amounts of resources and energy for an entirely frivolous purpose. Conspicuous consumption is never eco-friendly.

  • friend
    sΓ©rgio afonso | 2010-02-26 00:43:34


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    Markku Tauriainen | 2010-03-30 10:13:21

    Absolutely awesome start for new innovated boats. To make it the best need to use water-hybride and solar-technology to make it moving without sound and gasoline. Solar makes daily base electric ok and batteries to start running, then new water speed-turbines gives power all the time while running & sailing. This is new Personal Holiday Resort for Entrepreneurs who like run small unique Resort business.

  • friend
    William White | 2010-05-14 01:33:19

    Good luck parking it, this is just a floating Island for decadent pigs. A complete and utter disgrace!

  • friend
    AVINASH KADAM | 2010-11-19 10:10:23


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