by Debbie Pappyn

Board now the most stylish, ultra-slick boat in the world. Maybe you don’t have the cash to buy one of these handcrafted and tailor-made beauties, but for a modest 5700 euro a day, you can rent a Wally in the Med. We must admit, it’s a hard choice between all those streamlined beauties. First there is the 106′ ” WALLY B”, sailing around the Western Mediterranean like Sardinia, Cote d’Azur, Corsica and Southern Italy. This sailing beauty can host 6 guests and has a crew of 5 (skipper, deck hand, engineer, cook and stewardess). All this sleekness you can have for 59.000 euro per week. BYO, because all the prices mentioned do not include food, beverages, fuel and harbour expenses. Another option, slightly cheaper is the Wally 100’ “Dark Shadow”, also hosting 6 guests in 3 cabins and available for 50.000 a week. New since summer 2011 is the 94 “BARONG C”. An elegant, 29 meters long sailing and motorboat and available in the Western Mediterranean. Think of the blue waters around Sardinia, Corsica, Cote d’Azur, Baleares and Sicily for 40.000 euro a week with a crew of three. Although the Barong C is all about speed, this boat is modern and contemporary in every way. The interior design offers extraordinary height and plenty of deck hatches, portholes and windows for exceptional natural light and ventilation. A Last option is the Wally 80 “TANGO”, the lowest priced at 40.000 a week, accommodating 6 people and offering the services of 3 crew members. Recently the fashion house Hermès has acquired 10% of the Wally Group. This will only contribute to the pure and stylish look of those floating, minimalistic silhouettes.


We just tried out the prototype of the Wally One at Amanzoe Resort, Greece.
A new breed of sleek tender with 740HP, with a stunning topspeed of 90km/hour, or 50Kn.
You can charter the tender at 1600EUR a day. Or book a sunset (or should we call it sunjet) cruise at 500EUR.
Check out some recent photos on our Facebook page!



  • One-time NA student

    Cruising in a boat obviously designed for racing. Dumb

  • Dreamer

    Cruising in ANY ship is awesome… not dumb… and this boat is beautiful.

  • James Smith

    I think it is intended to look something like a racing boat but is nowhere near a real racing sailboat. Many cars are designed to look “racy” but are nothing like a real race car.

  • John Cook

    There have been many “racing sailboats” that have successfully cruised major distances at great speeds. This brings to mind a friend who enjoyed designing and built a number of very fast boats–as in racing/cruising boats–but with luxurious interiors. Consider one of Steve Dashew’s previous vessels “Sundeer”, built by his fathers Deerfoot Yachts. I have been aboard Sundeer with Steve on more than one occasion, but never sailed her. Steve claimed and I think accurately that Sundeer easily made 16 knots under sail alone. Later on, I saw Steve adding plexiglass covers to the windows through the hull, so that well heeled, he could avoid the drag penalty created by those windows being inset by five inches.

    Perhaps you remember Bill lee of Santa Cruz Yachts fame. One of his first yachts, “Merlin”, an ULDB sailed from Long Beach, CA to Diamond Head, Hawaii in the 1977 Transpacific race. That boat is still around today having sailed that 2,200 miles (or so) many times. Does that not make Merlin somewhat of a race boat/cruising boat? Well, not really, as Merlin was designed to be a “Sled” or downwind vessel and she is quite the terror on the water–for all aboard. However, sail she does, and she sails long distances and many times. I have never heard of a crewman lost.

    Today, we have boats of all types that consistently sail at 16-20 knots and are termed “cruisers”, because they are. These are safe, luxurious boats built to sail long distance. One does not need a full keeled, rocking horse boat with minimal sail area to be secure. One needs boating skills, intelligence and to rid themselves of crazy notions–like being able to sail into a hurricane. While I have experienced four hurricane force winds aboard my vessel “Forte”, never did I do it intentionally, and I always carried a drogue (multi-parachute type, anchored at the stern)

    There is no perfect boat, so quit worrying enjoy your sailing.

    Today, the really fast boats can hit over 50 knots under sail. That’s fooking faaast, mon! While these are not called cruisers, they do start and win around the world races. In other words, that fine line between cruisers and racers has diminished considerably from the days of the Westsail 32, or Wet Snail as it was often called. Sailing fast has benefits, such as the ability to outrun a hurricane just as the SR71 once was able to outrun missiles–by turning up the power just a bit.



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