The Wally 88 Tiketitan and later Tiketitoo, followed a similar genre to Genie of the Lamp, though again quite unique in many respects. It was decided to include an hydraulic canting keel to improve further performance, with the machinery occupying the centre of the yacht where the main saloon would normally be situated. The engine and other machinery were installed around it.
The centre cockpit sat naturally above this, so the saloon was positioned aft, opening on to what Luca Bassani likes to call ‘the Wally terrace on the sea.’ This aft cockpit had several advantages. First, it is an easy step for guests to negotiate from the saloon to deck, and secondly, it is well sheltered from the wind and spray, providing greater protection from scything booms and lines. It is great for sunbathing and being so close to the water, is easy to step aboard from a Rib, and very practical as a scuba or fishing platform.
The most stunning aspect of these Wally cruiser/racers is in their performance. Both Genie of the Lamp and Tiketitan variants can maintain an effortless 20knots broad-reaching across a 30 knot breeze, make 12 knots to windward in just 8 knots of true wind, and once sheets are eased, will sweep along at 14-16knots in the same light breeze. That puts these Frers designed Wally yachts in the same performance bracket as many power yachts, but without the discomfort of slamming over waves nor the incessant noise from engines.
Suddenly, Cannes, Corsica and Genoa are within a comfortable day’s sail of each other, even when the winds are capricious, for these easily driven hulls can still push along at 11 – 12knots under power.
|Design||Germán Frers II/Germán Frers III|
|Naval Architecture||Germán Frers II/Germán Frers III|