Personal taste (or maybe distaste rather) aside, along with the slew of yet to be answered questions regarding her performance, one has to admit it is rather refreshing to see someone take such a dramatic conceptual departure in not just the form, but also the function of a yacht. While most builders/buyers seem to be looking to maximize speed in an effort to get from one port to the next as quickly as possible, WHY seems to have really focused on shifting the ultimate destination from various ports, to the yacht itself. Being at sea rather than going by sea.
The design provides some uniquely advantageous options that are not afforded on vessels of the more traditional shape. The two in particular that struck me are the large, open spaces and the expansive use of photovoltaic panels. Neither of which have been effectively utilized in the same way they are here.
Does anyone know if there's a projected delivery date yet? Or is this one still stuck in the hazy realm between concept and reality? It seems to me that they must be pretty serious about it if they built a full-scale model out of plywood. You don't often see that for yachts of this size.