Ten years ago Wally did what it does best, and dropped the collective jaw of the sailing world with the release of its Wally Nano, an Andre Hoek designed masterpiece. Just three years ago they dramatically updated the design with the MKII and in this short time the yacht is already considered a modern classic, the result of a magical collaboration between Wally’s Luca Bassani, designer Andre Hoek and the traditional Dutch yard Doomernik.
Like the original Nano, the MkII is designed to fit in a 40ft container so it can be shipped around the world. It’s carbon fiber mast splits into two sections and the keel bolts can be accessed easily. The MkII utilizes the same hull mold as the original, but weighs 660 pounds less and the entire boat is simplified throughout. In an effort to reduce weight and increase performance this model doesn’t focus on pushbutton sailing ease, instead switching original Nano’s sheeting system with a less automated system that reduces weight. “We decided to give it a bit more performance by having a small overlap in the tracks and changing the design of the chainplates,” said Hoek Design’s Vittorio Papa. Doomernik has also removed the diesel-powered saildrive and replaced it with electric propulsion as standard. The 6kW OceanVolt motor provides around seven hours autonomy.
Pilgrim is hull number 4 of the Wally Nano fleet and is fitted with many factory extras, including an upgraded North Sails package, upgraded Harken winches, complete transport cover package, and many other improvements.
The boat has a spectacular aft transom overhang and a plumb bow, creating a long water line with a magnificent retro look. Additionally, she boasts a large open cockpit with integrated aft deck, creating a large sunbathing area, and the Pilgrim cabin top style with glass sides to offer the inside-outside living concept.
Pilgrim lies ready to sail in Palma, Spain and is listed for $333,000 USD.