They resist almost everything
It must be said that the arguments in favor of these boats are not lacking, starting with their manufacture. Where the majority of the French nautical park is made of fiberglass and polyester, these Whaly are made of rotomoulded polyethylene which provides outstanding strength and rigidity.
As proof, Stephane Guillo points to a boat on its embankment, a 4-meter gray Whaly that shows a barely visible scratch on the side. It is however the consequence of a fall of four meters! ” The boat fell off the pallet truck during delivery “, he explains.
These scratches are easily repaired. ” All you have to do is heat the material to 700°C and use the spatula to find the original shape. Then you have to let it cool and wait for it to shrink on its own.. » For large impacts, the Dutch shipyard provides blocks of polyethylene material which must be melted in the same way as for small impacts and which must then be applied to the area to be filled.
It’s simple and effective… The rigidity of these boats is due to the manufacturing technique. ” The polyethylene is injected between two metal molds which rotate to distribute the material [d’où le terme de rotomoulé, ndlr]. Then, the temperature gradually drops so that the resin polymerizes. The whole difficulty lies in managing the temperature drop well so that the retraction of the material is optimal, neither too fast nor too slow. “, precise Stephane Guillo.
The boats are 12 millimeters thick. “If we put on fenders, it’s to avoid damaging the other boats,” he announces. They are not unsinkable, “but we could, on demand”. And then the Whaly have a major asset, especially at this time when the ecological aspect leaves no one indifferent: they are made from recycled plastic and the boat itself is infinitely recyclable.
The other reasons for the success are to be found on the side of the lack of maintenance. They do not need antifouling. And they are modular. the Whaly 400 of our test was fitted with a tiller bar to meet the request of a customer, but it is possible to add a console and place it wherever you want, in the centre, on the side, at the rear, etc.
The same goes for the chests or the seats, which are positioned according to the owner’s wishes. A real Lego®, and which can take all possible colors, since there are no less than twelve. “This choice made it possible to adapt to the demand of individuals, who represent half of our customers, sums up Stephane Guillothe other half being for professional use, such as firefighters, sailing schools or drilling platforms, etc.
For professionals and individuals
Today the Whaly are used by amateur fishermen or families with children… » They can also be used as annexes for trawleras in the Gulf of Morbihan, where we tried the Whaly 400 and 500 R80, full-fledged units, easy to handle, with nice performance and simple to beach, not afraid of pebble bottoms that would scratch the keel.
” In these periods when waiting times are getting longer to receive a new boat, we only have six weeks between order and delivery. This speed has made it possible to win over new customers, such as young people who do not have an extendable budget and who nevertheless want to sail quickly. »
Because the price is the last argument – and not the least – in favor of Whaly. For example, the Whaly 500 R80 as we have tried it is around €25,000 with a 60 horsepower and its trailer. Rather attractive, no?