Miami is not an easy place to stand out from the crowd but the Wally Wallypower 58 is a boat that has no issues turning heads. Wally's motto is '20 years ahead' and there's no doubt about it, the 58 appears to be more spaceship than sportscruiser.
There is science behind the science fiction, however. The boat runs on a super clean, efficient deep-veel hull design and is mated to three Volvo Penta IPS engines for a top speed of 38 knots with the triple 600hp versions. Fast cruising is its forté; at 32 knots it will comfortably cover 300nm. On board, its origami-like superstructure houses a stylish and functional cockpit that is packed with clever features and below deck, there is surprisingly comfortable accommodation with the option to have two double ensuite cabins. Is it a case of style over substance, though? Read our in-depth review to find out.
Wally WallyPower58 Key Facts
- LOA 17.3m
- Model Year 2022
- Cabins 2
- Max Speed 38 knots
- Status In Production
- Generations 2
- Yacht Type Sports Yacht
- Use Type Weekending
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The Wallypower 58 was designed to bridge the gap between the brand's Tender and Why ranges with the onus on owner operation or running with a small crew on board. The decision to go with (triple) IPS plays into this as the system's joystick control and a suite of driver aids should make it a very easy boat to control. That's important both for owner-operators and for crew members who may be running the 58 as a chase boat, tasked with running into port and ferrying guests to the shallows.
And the looks? Well, it could only be a Wally, couldn't it? There are hints of the awesome 118 Wallypower (Google it if unfamiliar) in the angular hull and origami-like superstructure and if you want to own a boat that looks like nothing else on the water then the 58 is a safe bet.
Notice the total absence of hull windows to maintain the cleanliness of the lines, the only interruption being the gill-like engine room vents (and the terraces, when deployed). The angular windscreen is formed from a single piece of glass, its only support at the aft end of the wheelhouse structure. It's bursting with stunning design detail, from the brilliant sun awning on the aft sun pad to the fabulous helm seats.
It's not all about style, though, the 58 runs on the familiar Luca Bassani deep-vee hull design, made to be soft riding and efficient at high speeds and well matched to those slippery triple IPS pods. As standard, the boat comes with triple 550hp IPS700 but the upgraded IPS800s with 600hp a piece will nudge the boat closer to 40 knots and allow it to cruise at 32 knots for around 320nm.
On board, there are a variety of layouts on offer that can be tweaked depending on how the boat will be used. If it's to be an owner-run cruiser then the twin cabin arrangement with twin double beds and two ensuite bathrooms would work well but if it's a chase boat then the double cabin forward with a large lounging area aft may be more useful. There's even the option to create a skipper's cabin with private access on deck if the crew will be on board regularly.
I know it's nearly 60ft long and there are boats of that size with significantly more internal living space than the 58 but this really isn't what the boat is about. Cruising fast and looking bloody good while you're doing it is the name of the game here but the interior can host four adults in comfort and privacy if called upon to do so.
The forward double, which is the owner's cabin, remains the same whichever layout you go for and it's kitted out with a large double berth and has access to a private ensuite with a separate shower cubicle. The saddle bag style bins overhead look good but offer decent storage space and there's enough cabin stowage for longer stints on board.
Amidships, the boat we saw had a smaller salon with a second double cabin that had its own ensuite. The bed is pushed up to the aft bulkhead so it's not the easiest to get in and out of but it's a decent size and headroom is fine in the entranceway at least. If this is to be used as a skipper's cabin, there's the option to have direct access via a hatch on deck so they can get into their cabin without going through the salon if it's in use.
However, this cabin can be removed altogether and replaced with more lounging space in the salon if the boat is going to be used as a chase boat or a ferry for guests to and from the mothership, where fully protected internal seating could be useful in bad weather. There isn't a galley down here (the cooking and cooling amenities are on deck) but there is a small fridge for keeping drinks cool.
Despite the total lack of hull windows, there is a surprising amount of natural light allowed to seep into the lower deck. The designers have made good use of deck hatches to draw as much light down into the interior as they can. There's a run of glass above the salon and another above the owner's cabin, discreetly integrated into the coachroof.
There are hull windows of sorts, however. Cameras mounted subtly on either side of the boat feed their view back to TVs mounted where the hull windows would be inside to cleverly bring the outside in. It works well, too.
If you're after sleeping accommodation, there are superior options at this size but it's better than you might expect.
Sitting before the edifice that is the 58's helm is quite an occasion. The helm seats look spectacularly cool - a cross between a fighter jet seat and Dr.Evil's chair - but are also supremely comfortable and supportive. They are adjustable and have a bolster section but it seems a shame not to sit in them with the support of those towering backrests and this is perfectly feasible because the throttles are mounted on a carbon fibre-clad arm that spears towards your right hand.
Carbon fibre is not in short supply, most obviously on the go-kart-like steering wheel which fits so perfectly in the hand and is a welcome tonic to the bulky thick-rimmed wheels that we see elsewhere. The dashboard is super clean and dominated by a pair of 22in Garmin MFDs through which every aspect of the boat's navigation equipment and systems can be controlled. Physical buttons are limited and the only real protrusions are the throttles and IPS joystick, which is set away from the throttles so you don't have to reach over them to use it.
If this were my boat I would add the bow thruster; even with three IPS pods doing their thing at slow speed, this is a boat with a long, slab-sided bow, which could be susceptible to a stiff wind on the beam.
This is a very well-protected helm station, as well. The wheelhouse is completely sealed aside from a small sunroof, which allows some natural breeze to run through on warm days, so even if the weather does kick up those in the cockpit will be well insulated from it.
Much like the rest of the boat, the helm drips with eye-popping design detail but is functional with it - a hard balance to strike.
On deck is where the 58 really shines. Drop-down balconies are not a new invention but they work particularly well in this case when teamed with the central sun pad and vast hydraulic bathing platform that sinks down into the water to reveal deep steps moulded into the transom. The platform is also where the tender would be mounted if the boat has one, the seat bolsters of the sun pad above flipping up to create more space for a larger tender.
Alternatively, the platform can be fitted out with cushions to create a day bed on the waterline but, for me, that detracts from the functionality of having the platform. That said, the passerelle doubles up as a set of steps down into the water so you still have good access to the sea even without the platform.
Push a button on either side of the cockpit and the platforms drop down to boost the total beam to 5m (16ft 5in). The detailing in this area is lovely, from the plug-in upright shower with its carbon fibre pole to the brilliant canopy mechanism over the sun pad that neatly collapses down to deck level when not in use. It's a lovely bit of engineering that can stay in place at up to 20 knots, it's just a shame that it's a cost option. The forward end of the sun pad lifts to reveal Seabob storage.
The dinette sits beneath the shelter of the superstructure, which means it should be well protected from any breeze if you're having lunch on anchor. The carbon fibre table looks the business and has folding leaves but its dark colouring could get very hot in direct sunlight and be a nightmare to clean, so be careful with the mayonnaise.
Eye for Detail
Carbon fibre pops up throughout and is particularly nicely used around the ends of the superstructure where handholds have been shaped into the uprights. Other clever bits like cup holders built into the seat cushions and deep storage bins beneath the dinette and sofa opposite offer some practicality.
The wet bar amenities are split across the deck and well disguised by solid timber tops but with a grill, sink, two fridges and an icemaker tucked in behind the helm there's all you need to serve guests on deck.
The foredeck is one of the few places where style overruns substance. The clean lines are what makes the 58 but the total absence of any guardrail, or even a handhold, means it will feel a bit dicey being up on deck if the boat is rolling about out at sea. The lack of railings means that fenders are hung using a pin and socket arrangement, which makes them fast to deploy but it can be fiddly to adjust their height quickly and they have to go in a fixed position along the boat.
The tall bulwarks aft add to the sense of security and pop-up cleats ensure that not even the mooring gear can disturb the boat's profile but the flat sun pad and lack of features leaves the foredeck wanting in comparison to something like the Sunseeker Superhawk 55.
The deep full-width locker aft of the anchor hatch is a useful addition, however, and you'll never tire of seeing the hidden anchor pop out from its housing when you arrive at an anchorage.
Whenever there is a triple-engine arrangement on a boat it feels inevitable that space in the engine room and access to each motor is going to be compromised. For packaging, efficiency and performance reasons the design team opted for three smaller engines over two larger ones on the 58 and, thankfully, this hasn't had the negative effect on engine room space that it sometimes does. The middle engine is set a little lower than the outer ones but all three are easy to get to and daily service checks should be simple enough to complete.
Any large ancillaries like the generator or optional Seakeeper and water maker (there's a surprise) are mounted in easily accessible locations towards the front of the space. In many instances maintenance will be the crew's job on this boat but, if it does fall to the owner, it's not too much of a chore.
For those who want a boat that stands out from the crowd, there are few better options than the Wally. When a boat counts craft such as the Pershing 6X, Sunseeker Superhawk 55 and Riva Dolceriva as rivals but still stands out for its style and design then you know it's something special. It is a special boat, the Wallypower 58, not perfect by any means, but a boat that has something intoxicating about it and one that, if yours, would make your heart skip as you approached for a day on the water. There is nothing quite like it.
Reasons to Buy
- Just look at it!
- Efficient performance
- Fantastic helm
- Flexible interior layout
Things to Consider
- Sparse foredeck
- IPS only
Rivals to Consider
In many ways the 58 is in a class of its own but, at this size and price point, there are a handful of seriously talented rivals that can turn heads just as well as the Wally.
Hailing from the same parent company, the Riva Dolceriva has similar dimensions as the Wally but goes about its business in an entirely different way. Possibly the only name that carries more prestige than Wally the Dolecrica is a retro throwback that is impossibly beautiful and finished to the highest of standards. The look and feel on board is far more traditional - as is the shaft-driven drive train - but for sheer quayside appeal not much comes close. It, like the Wally, is more practical than it looks, too. The transom folds down to reveal a pair of water-level sun pads and, below decks, there are two double cabins, a sizeable bathroom and a proper galley.
The Sunseeker Supehawk 55 offers a feature-packed foil to the Wally and accommodation that could easily host four adults for extending cruising. The walk-around main deck is very clever and features a tender garage large enough for a Williams Minijet and a clever Seabob garage at its aft end and an incredibly flexible seating cockpit arrangement with modules that slide on runners to adjust the space for dining or sunbathing. Doors on either side of the centrally positioned helm open out to the decks and up front the sun pad module can slide to either extend sunbathing space or create a bench seat just forward of the windscreen. It, like the Wally, is an IPS (twins in this instance) boat and capable of 38 knots at its top end. It doesn't boast the exclusivity of the Wally but it's a striking package.
The Pershing 6X hails from the same Ferretti Group stable as the Wally (and the Riva) but its focus on performance and style lands it squarely in the Wally's orbit. Underneath the silver paint and sweeping lines is a spacious three-cabin layout, three-bathroom layout and accommodation aft for a single crew member. There's also a tender garage. But come on, we're not here to talk about the Pershing's bedrooms. It's all about performance and this nearly 40-tonne cruiser will top out just shy of 50 knots thanks to a pair of MAN 1,550hp V12s churning their power through rooster tail spouting surface drives.
The 60 Open from Delta Powerboats will be new to some but this Swedish craft has a similarly angular aesthetic to the Wally and is the epitome of Scandi cool. It's a fantastic-looking machine with squeaky clean lines that disguise a comfortable open cockpit with a striking central T-top and a three-cabin interior that is far more spacious than the sleek styling suggests it might be. The hull shares some similarities with the Wally and it's also designed to run on IPS, twin IPS800 with 600hp per side for a top speed, like the Wally, of 38 knots. Carbon fibre composite is used throughout the Delta's structure meaning it's 10 tonnes lighter than the Wally. The upshot? It will cover over 100nm more than at the same 30-knot cruising speed.