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Galeocerdo - one of the fastest yacht in the world

Magomed Khamatkhanov
March 21, 2018

Galeocerdo was built by Wally in 2003 as WallyPower for Luca Bassani, the founder of Wally. He had no contract for this boat, so Luca Bassani owned the boat for 8 years, before sale in 2012. 

Wally designed and built Galeocerdo from ultra light carbon fiber, with Intermarine responsible for naval architecture and interior design by Lazzarini Pickering Architects. The yacht has wind tunnel tested by Ferrari. Galeocerdo was highlighted in one of the Top Gear series as water version of supercar Pagani Zonda. Galeocerdo is still notable and unique on the water, though it was first launched in August 2003. Her exterior lines remind a Stealth bomber.

Luca Bassani says : "The motion is not actually the speed; the motion is first of all the shape of the boat and the fact that you don’t hear anything. It’s just this great, beautiful sheet passing by at high speed with the only sound a light whistle." He makes a hissing sound between his teeth and laughs. "Another thing I like is that from the outside, when the boat is anchored in a bay, you really don’t see it… the sage colour blends and changes with the colour of the coast, the rocks and the green of the water."

Galeocerdo was developing for 4 years. The task was to make a speedy boat ideal for short Mediterranean day cruises and able to keep high speeds even in rough seas. Deep V hull was a solution, with the shape of the bow and the use of interceptors, allowing the boat to pierce the waves comfortably, even at maximum speeds. "Extensive research and tank testing resulted in a hull design different and better than any other," he claims. "Like our sailboats, the design is an evolution of all our experience. For us the ride of the hull is the key to our sales."

"It is really fantastic. If weather conditions allow, you would rather cruise at 60 knots, but in reasonable conditions, at 40 knots you can do all the missions you have to do." Luca Bassani says.

The cockpit of the Galeocerdo is similiar to sailboats. The water jet propulsion has a very low noise, makes no vibration, has perfect manoeuvrability and there is no problems with draught. Carbon fibre plays the key role for cutting through the waves : "You need a very rigid, light hull. You don’t use carbon fibre for the bottom of the hull because it would become too brittle, but the structure inside has to be carbon.", the creator says.

Galeocerdo's gas turbines has 17,000 hp, and diesel is used for cruising at up to 10 knots. "With the two diesels you have a great range - 1,800 miles - while if you went with the gas turbines at 40 to 60 knots the range is 400 to 500 miles, no more." This brings up the subject of sustainable power: "We are studying a new concept that will substantially improve the sustainability of powerboats," says Bassani.

Galeocerdo is the 4th fastest yacht in the world.