48 Wallytender makes its Debut in the USA
“Wally has always been about innovation, about combining the latest technology with contemporary design, and about constantly looking at ways to enhance the on-the-water experience through performance, comfort and style,” says Luca Bassani, founder of the iconic Monegasque brand.
In fact, since Bassani founded the brand in 1994, Wally has pioneered groundbreaking solutions that have transformed technologies and aesthetics to the extent that today it is his influence can be seen in the design of many large yacht design, both sail and power. For instance, many Wally innovations— from the early use of carbon fiber to the concept of easy sailing and folding bulwarks —have been widely adopted by other boat builders.
In 2019 Wally became part of Ferretti Group. The 48 Wallytender made its US debut at the 2019 Fort Lauderdale Int’l Boat Show.
“Ferretti Group is particularly excited to present this remarkable day cruiser to world-class network in the US, as this is the first edition of the show since it acquired the Wally brand. With so many fun and family-friendly features on the 48 Wallytender – such as the flexible seating layout and extending swim platform – we are sure it is going to be a hit with our selective clients in the region,” says Stefano de Vivo, Managing Director of Wally.
The original Wallytender concept opened a new market as a standalone runabout, ideal for day or overnight cruising and not just as a tender for a larger yacht or private villa. The new model retains the stylish solutions that define the Wally philosophy of combining form and function but introduces innovative new features to enhance the yachting experience.
“….not only do we have a fantastic new model but being part of Ferretti Group means that Wally can now offer an even better buying experience to those in the [Americas], ” comments Luca Bassani. “As an open tender with ample features to enhance family time on the water, it is the perfect boat for the US market – especially for use in Florida, the Keys and the Bahamas.”
The 48 Wallytender has generous interior volumes with an elegant suite combining the sailing heritage of teak decking with panels and fittings in carbon fiber, a material introduced to the yachting world by Wally in 1991. The challenge here was to raise the freeboard without losing the purity of the hull lines associated with all Wally yachts.
The 48 Wallytender is the only boat in its segment to offer as standard fold-down bulwark sections to increase the swim platform for relaxation and gathering moments at anchor, an evolution of the innovation introduced by Wally in 2002 on the 118 Wallypower. Another relevant feature is the retractable passerelle that doubles as a 5-step swim ladder, also included as standard.
On deck, the layout has been designed to let hosts relax in convivial comfort with generous seating and sunbeds, and alfresco dining thanks to the well-equipped galley unit. To fully enjoy the on-the-water experience both at anchor and underway, the aft seating can be configured to face either forward or the dining table.
A special anchoring system is hidden behind a flush-fitting hatch in the bow and can be operated at the touch of a button from the helm station. The wraparound fender is a trademark feature of Wallytenders and provides a practical docking solution instead of bulky fenders.
The standard propulsion package comprises the twin Volvo IPS 650 engines (totalling 960hp) for a top speed of 38 knots and is equipped with user-friendly joystick controls for easy docking.