[dropcap]T[/dropcap]ango, the fourth unit of the highly competitive Wallycento fleet, was successfully launched at Persico Marine facility in the Ligurian west coast. The stepping operation was completed after the yacht touched the water; Tango gets ready for the sea-trial before the delivery to her passionate owner, scheduled at the end of August.
“Tango turned out exactly how we envisaged her when we started developing the project: super sleek lines and aggressive overall appeal conveying her high performance DNA.” proudly says Luca Bassani, Wally President “Additionally, our form-reflects-function approach is epitomised in Tango’s sheer flush deck in the like of the iconic Esense: besides enhancing the purity of the design, it would facilitate the manoeuvres while racing. We look forward to the sea-trials and test the predicted superior performance of our new superyacht”.
Along with Wally’s over 20 years know-how, the new Wallycento boasts Mark Mill’s naval architecture, Pininfarina interior design and Persico Marine construction technology: the perfect mix to produce a magnificent speed-machine.
Tango introduces a new naval architect in the Wally projects, Mark Mills of Mills Design, with whom the Monegasque yachting disruptor shares the same vision of innovations that can be applied to this type of yachts.
“Tango is our largest project to date and also we believe the most innovative, the most stylish, and certainly one of the most satisfying to develop in collaboration with the client, Wally, Pininfarina, and Persico Marine” says Mark Mills of Mills Design. “We owe our involvement to the vision of Luca Bassani who suggested us to bring a fresh mindset to the Wallycento design question.”
“We developed a radical proposal combining dramatic deck geometry with a novel interior layout for the most efficient result within the Wallycento box-rule, integrated with the structure to a level not yet seen in a yacht of this size.” continues Mills. “That proposal very quickly became Tango, after huge amounts of detail development, but very little deviation from the original vision for a sleek, light, and exciting sailing machine.”
“A relevant Tango’s technical attribute is to have the immersed volume of the hull more forward than the previous Wallycentos, and the aft lines are cleaner and more stretched: an hydrodynamic option that I much appreciate” adds Luca Bassani. “Mark’s initial idea to have a displacement close to the minimum required by the box-rule, combined with the maximum sail plan allowed, would bring some advantages in the typical lights airs of the Mediterranean conditions”.
Tango’s interior layout places the main salon aft, the engine room and service area amidships, and the guest accommodation forward.
“Tangos’ cruising comforts equal those of the previous Wallycentos whilst her different interior layout further concentrates the weights over the boat center of gravity.” remarks Bassani.
The contemporary interior design carries the signature of Pininfarina, the renowned design brand, reflecting the visionary approach of Tango’s owner to have the inside-outside consistency. The team of Pininfarina nautical division engaged the challenge to develop outstanding ultra-light interiors that would match the superyacht DNA. “The interior design of this Wallycento challenged our team to achieve the perfect balance of performance and comfort.” says Paolo Pininfarina, Pininfarina Group President. “Thanks to the selection of the materials and the innovative solutions of the interior decoration delivering both function and aesthetics, we generated a true thoroughbred of the sea, ultra-light and super performing, perfectly suitable for cruising as well as for racing. We are very proud of this accomplishment further confirming the excellence of our nautical division.”
Tango marked another “first” for Wally: the collaboration with Persico Marine for the superyacht construction.
“We are extremely pleased with our first cruising superyacht: Tango weighs only 47,5 tons thanks to the overall optimisations developed at the beginning of the project. Specifically, we worked hard to lighten the interiors as much as possible, not just using carbon fiber and nomex sandwich in the joinery construction, but also developing different solutions to build, for example, the hinges and veneers” explains Marcello Persico, Persico Marine CEO. “Our new team uniquely combines the expertise in sound pure racing boats such as the VORs, Mini Maxis, and America’s Cups catamarans, with that in the most refined cruising superyachts.
“This extraordinary group of highly qualified professionals allowed us to deploy the latest know-how in every area of the yacht, from the composite to the interiors up to the very innovative systems and sail controls. Being Tango our first full custom cruising yacht, we decided to invest a lot of time and energy in the early development of the design of the whole boat, and started the construction after confirming all the solutions and aspects of the design.
After two years of non-stop dedication and work, I still can’t believe to see the finished yacht: it’s a very emotional moment and can’t wait to sail her!” happily concludes Persico.
Tango will be premiered at the Yacht Club de Monaco, on the 26 September and in the morning of the Monaco Yacht Show opening day (27 September), while she makes her racing debut at the Les Voiles de Saint Tropez, where she faces the high competition of the other three Wallycentos. A show not to miss!
The Wally portfolio of yachts under construction includes two sailing yachts, the Wally 145 and the Wally 93 to be launched in May 2019 and in spring 2018 respectively, the fifth unit of the 27 Wallyace, and two 52 wallypowers. Additionally, units of the new Wallytender X are under way.