YCO signs WALLY to build Aeroyacht 110
Following significant interest in the recently launched design of the luxury performance catamaran released by Aeroyacht, worldwide sales agent YCO has announced that Wally has been signed on as the official shipyard.
Ben Bartlett, who heads up the specialised sail division of YCO and who masterminded the collaboration, hopes the first yachts will hit the water late 2011. “The levels of interest we have received in the Aeroyacht 110 so far indicate that this is an exciting and important development in the industry. This project will set new standards for performance cruising, combining an ecologically sound approach with both performance and luxury like never before.” says Bartlett.
Wally has to date built nearly 40 advanced composite sailing yachts and the new facilities in Ancona will cement their position as world leaders in this area. The shipyard is one of the best equipped Pre-Preg composite facilities in the world, and boasts an impressive post-curing oven for yachts up to 80 meters. The yard’s technical office is highly specialised in the design, naval engineering, interior design and structural engineering of advanced composite yachts.
Gregor Tarjan, the founder of Aeroyacht said of the new relationship, “Wally is renowned for its groundbreaking designs, which constantly reinvent and reinterpret the traditional approach. Wally yachts are world class and stand alone both in performance and style. Given what we set out to achieve with the Aeroyacht 110 I don’t think there is a yard which could be better matched to us.”
Heading up naval architecture on each project will be performance multihull specialists Morrelli & Melvin, who will work closely with Aeroyacht and the shipyard. These are the famous multihull designers of world record cats such as “Playstation” and the US America’s Cup winner “Stars and Stripes” and their expertise brings further credibility to the program.
“Wally has been approached by several multihull designers but had never found a project which would reflect our concept of combining performance, style, comfort and safety” says Luca Bassani, Wally President and founder. “With the Aeroyacht 110 however, the technical characteristics and the aesthetics match those of our own yachts and I was immediately convinced that we would finally be able to apply our philosophies to this multihull.”
“It was clear to us from the start that the choice of yard would be crucial to the concept’s ultimate success, and the synergies between the two brands made Wally our first and only choice for Aeroyacht. I am delighted that the partnership has been confirmed.” concludes Ben Bartlett at YCO.