Yachts are often seen as a luxury of the rich, and unfortunately this amazing boat concept is no exception. Unveiled late last year with a full-sized model, the 58 x 38-metre Wally Hermes Yacht (the WHY) is described by its creators as more like an island than a boat.
Consisting of around 3,400sqm of living space, the WHY accommodates 12 guests (in absolute luxury – you could probably fit a small army on board) and also sports a 130-metre-long promenade deck and 25-metre-long ‘thermo-regulated’ swimming pool.
Although the WHY may seem like pie in the sky, the yacht has gone through extensive testing, research and development to ensure that a working version could actually be built.
The project also aims to reduce this floating island’s impact on the environment, employing the latest technologies to minimise emissions – using solar and wind power as well as developing new propulsion methods to assist the diesel engines.
The three core elements of the yacht’s design are the same as you’d expect for any land-based home – space, light and shade – taking on much more importance on the sea, where these elements are at a premium.
“The WHY 58X38 yacht looks very unfamiliar but it remains on a human scale,” says Pierre-Alexis Dumas – Artistic Director, Hermčs. “Space is the greatest luxury on the sea, but I believe the new luxury will be the time to enjoy it.”