Esense 143

by Wally, Tripp Design and Odile Decq

The Esense 143’ by Wally, Tripp Design and Odile Decq: a fresh concept born from an entrepreneurial plan whose strongest aspects will be a blend of innovation, technology, and design-a concept that will have a profound impact on the global production of motor and sailing craft. Back in 1989, boat
builder Luca Bassani Antivari set himself a challenge: a return to the drawing board to design a yacht for himself and his family that would be more comfortable, faster, and would handle better than any other boat on the water. This led not only to the first of many advanced yachting gems, but also to a series of technical breakthroughs that were to change the way high-performance yachts are built.
The second Wallygator, the first yacht based on these concepts, was launched on the market in 1994. From then on technological progress proceeded apace with the use of carbon fibre as a construction material, patented anchorage systems, and in particular a hydraulic sail management system and a highly computerised wheelhouse that make it possible for the ship to be sailed by one man. This synthesis of technological innovation, continuous research, and technological testing wedded to comfort, speed and attention to detail ensured that, since the 1995 launch of “Genie of the Lamp”, the Wally name has become increasingly synonymous with the world’s finest sailing yachts. In 2003, Wally charged into the world of motor yacht production with the revolutionary application of aeronautical-type turbine engines, uncluttered designs, and hulls inspired by those of performance sailing boats. The Wally philosophy is grounded in the idea that the success of every project depends on the specific requirements of the ship-owner. To that end, the Wally team involves the Owner in the design process, providing him with back-up from its teams of specialists, technicians and researchers. This allows for total customisation of every detail throughout every phase of planning and construction: from the engine configuration to the choice of materials, the layout of the various areas of the craft, and the choice of all equipment. The result is always a yacht that delivers high speed and top-quality performance in maximum comfort. The Esense 143’ is the culmination of Wally’s signature style, thanks to its teak deck and broad stern providing access to the sea, and to lines
worthy of an America’s Cup challenger. Another important design element is the deceptively simple technical solution whereby high walls running the entire length of the hull conceal all the sails and halyards, thus leaving the deck free of all clutter when the yacht is underway. Removable panels and lockers contain the hydraulic systems and air-conditioning, thus making for more free space on the deck below and increased safety when sailing in high winds or rough seas. Another element that sets the Esense apart is its unique deck lights, completely embedded in the teak. In the centre of the wide deck we find the social cockpit: an area formed by rounded curves where eight guests can relax in comfort and take the sun, whatever the sailing conditions. For considerations of safety and comfort, this area is located a good distance from the command centre and the twin helms, and far from the winches at the base of the mast. The keel is another key element in terms of performance and technology: the steel keel can be raised and lowered according to sea conditions and the draught can be reduced from 6 to 4 metres in a matter of minutes. This makes it possible to adjust the draught of the 7-metre-long bulb to counterbalance the thrust generated by 900 square metres of sails. The cutting-edge hydraulic system allows the operator to raise or lower 50 tons of keel and bulb
at the touch of a button. The system was developed and built to Wally’s specifications in partnership with the famous Italian firm APM. There are three points enabling access to the social areas of the Esense. Principal access is from the stern deck, behind the mirror glass windows above the beach area. Wally’s design team have come up with a really spacious saloon, while habitability is enhanced by the complementary blend of materials and colour provided by the oak flooring and carbon panels. The saloon area leads towards the skipper’s cabin, fitted with en-suite head and shower. Here we have an idea of how the French interior designer Odile Decq works; she does not allow herself to be limited by the requirements of the yacht but gives her talent free rein. The result? Well, let’s just say that it would be hard to find a dual-purpose motorised and sail-powered yacht with the same blend of imagination and charm as the Esense. The galley and the crew mess area are easily partitioned off by an opaque screen. On the portside, opposite the galley, a third guest cabin is available as the bench seat can be transformed into two white pullman beds as a panel silently slides to aft. The interior is all on one floor and the port side corridor leads to the Owner’s cabin without any changes in level, doors or bulkheads. Access to the communication and navigation centre is via the doors on the outboard side of the corridor, while the Owners’ cabin is athwartships forward of this area with privacy guaranteed by recessed panels. Here, the hallmark of the interior design is an unbounded imagination; the fitted desk to port includes a flat-screen computer concealed behind a carbon panel and, beneath the bench seats to starboard, there is a gym bench. The cabin is divided by a bulkhead while sliding panels provide privacy for the walk-in Jacuzzi tub that can be converted to a shower thanks to a hydraulically controlled system.
A washbasin is fitted to port in the shower area together with a head and bidet entirely constructed of carbon. Last but not least, a large number of impressive components are to be found in the technical areas. The yacht can be sailed by one person, who may control it from either of the twin wheels. The operation of the mainsheet and trimming of the self-tacking jib can be accomplished with joysticks connected to the Trim system, next to the push button controls for the vang. In addition, the main console is equipped with back-up controls for the helm and the operating systems for the double-purchase halyards, furling gear, backstay tension, keel lifting, and navigation screens. [...]

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