Yesterday we showed Santa a car for our wish list, so it only made sense today to add a boat. After much searching for the “perfect” boat, I think I may have found it. Meet Why. Wally–a company that makes stunning yachts–and the French fashion house Hermes teamed up in 2009 to design a new boat: The WHY, a full-blown solar-powered island.
The WHY is 190 feet long and 125 feet wide. In all, the boat has the square footage of a mansion–some 34,000 square feet. Wally’s president, Luca Bassani Antivari, explained to The Guardian: Everybody’s dream is to live on an island, in complete freedom, without constraint, with the independence that only self sufficiency can provide. A piece of land with a beautiful villa partly fulfills this aspiration because it is static. A yacht offers the freedom to move, but does not have the space of a property. WHY has it all. The boat can to cater to 12 guests as well as a crew of 20, with “master space“, “guest space” and “common space.” There’s even an 82-foot pool and a 114-foot “beach” on the back.
The massive fuel requirements of pushing the boat to a top speed of 14 knots will be offset by 9,700 square feet of photovoltaics on the roof. “We are very interested in creating a yacht that will have a low environmental impact”, says Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Hermes . “Its relationship with the sea must be respectful and easy. WHY intends to offer a new way of moving over water by creating an innovative way of managing and recycling its sources and uses of energy.” The $160 million pricetag is such a bargain.