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A dream came true !
A for ever fascinating adventure.
A lifetime to imagine her, 4 years to build her...
Discover the birth of MSY WAOW on video.
Most kids will play "when I grow up" and dream of the future in total innocence. And then there are always some adults that refuse to grow up and continue dreaming… and without consideration of the consequences, must realize their dreams. WAOW is the realisation of a dream, that of Michel Deville. At the outset the concept was based on aesthetics: it needed to be a sailing boat built of wood using traditional methods. Without knowing anything about boats or navigation, he designed it, made the plans, had it built and looked after the decoration. To fill in the knowledge gaps, he surrounded himself with the necessary specialists.
Based on advice, the inspiration came from the traditional Indonesian cargo boats, the Phinisi, which can be somewhat unstable when navigating empty, and mixed it with the more straight-deck stable Schooner style. For the rigging, he let go of the wooden mast idea in favour of steel masts to more effectively carry the sail area necessary for WAOWs 850 tonnes.
The construction of such a vessel necessitated many particularities difficult to find nowadays.
Conditions for an amazing adventure in the 21st century, in fact an adventure from another age. Result, a boat out of the ordinary, a boat of legend. The circle is closed.
What a funny name WAOW. The French speakers, all those who saw the plans and construction photos, or those who have been onboard since, all, whatever their language may be, say "WAOW !"... So let’s go for WAOW.
In English and later on, Julia Deville, the wife of the designer, gave a sense to the name: "Water Adventure Ocean Wide".
Four years after the beginning of construction, WAOW started commercial operations in April 2012. Designed predominately for scuba diving, WAOW proposes luxury cruises all around Indonesia. Throughout the year it is possible to explore mythic and far removed zones in exceptional comfort: The National Parks of Komodo and Raja Ampat, Wakatobi, the Forgotten Islands, Triton Bay, Halmahera, Togian, Cenderawasih bay, Sangihe Islands, Lembeh Strait and Manado. We also follow the spice islands routes through the Banda Sea in addition to visiting the Seram Sea, Sonde and Celebes Islands.