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La Spezia, Italy
EUR 3,000,000 Tax Paid (US$ 4,126,500)
Tango is the first Wally 80 to feature the flush deck and fixed keel combination.
Tango shares a unique Wally styling feature in having teak decking that extend over the curved contour of her coachroof.
With three fore and aft tinted window strips – instead of one – her coachroof is unique among all the Wally 80s. This additional feature allows more natural light to flood into the saloon below than you would normally expect on a flush deck sailing yacht.
On the one hand Tango performs well thanks to her state-of-the-art features: her carbon fibre construction, a North 3DL sail wardrobe and her carbon fibre Hall Spars mast and boom. While on the other hand she has a cruiser’s voluminous hull shape and fit-out, the whole gamut of mod cons and uncompromised luxury below.
Venturing below the interior is in “racing mode” with custom made covers protecting the walls and floors from the sails stowed throughout the saloon and passageway forward. Peeling these of reveals a modern interior finish, mixing panels of lacquered carbon fibre with light coloured cherrywood. A design feature running through the length of the accommodation is a pronounced tunnel in the side panelling used to hide the air-conditioning and other systems.
The layout of Tango is standard for the flush deck Wally 80, with a full-beam saloon area featuring two separate areas to port and starboard, which include fold-out tables that enables a small army to be sat for meals should the need arise. The chart table area is located in the port side. Aft of the saloon is a small en suite cabin with two bunks for the crew (a third crew bunk is located in the large sail locker forward of the accommodation). Opposite this on the starboard side is the galley and access point to the engine room situated beneath the centre of the cockpit. Forward of the saloon are identical en suite guest cabins to port and starboard, with the owner’s cabin fitted with a king-sized double bed forward.
In the cockpit Tango has twin steering positions – both smart carbon fibre affairs – each sporting a custom-made bank of controls for the numerous on board Bamar hydraulic systems, plus the sail controls duplicated on each.
Above deck her North Sails wardrobe is hang off a Hall Spars high modulus carbon fibre mast fitted with three full-beam, swept back spreaders, stayed with rod rigging.
Working headsails are non-overlapping, sheeted to a self-tacking car on a Harken track recessed into the deck immediately forward of the mast. There is no spinnaker pole; instead, downwind sails are tacked to the bow.
Tango is set-up with two distinct modes for both racing and cruising. For example, the forestay has a carbon fibre tube running up it. At its foot is a Bamar furling drum, allowing sails to be furled around the tube when in cruising mode. The tube also has a groove allowing it to be used as a conventional headfoil when racing. Another example of the different modes is the jib sheet controls. This can be trimmed on a winch in the normal way when racing but via a hydraulic ram when cruising.
The set-up in the cockpit is sophisticated with a mix of Harken electric and hydraulic winches. Where line speed is not important electric winches are used, while the hydraulic primaries are used, for example, during gybes. Less obvious are the Cariboni Magic Trim units concealed below deck and used on the main and jib sheets when racing.