48 WallyTender – the first new project born from the Wally x Ferretti Group partnership.
The first 48 WallyTender, currently under construction at the Ferretti Group production site in Forlì – Italy, is due to be launched in June.
The Wally Render concept was developed as a standalone runabout in its own right, ideal for day or overnight cruising and not just as a support vessel for a larger yacht or private villa. As such, it opened up a market for large tenders that previously did not exist. The new 48 Wally Tender takes this unique onboard experience a step further with new amenities and features.
The most noticeable development is the larger interior volume that offers more comfort and increased functionality. The challenge revolved around raising the freeboard without losing the purity of the hull lines associated with all wally yachts. in order to provide a true cabin for an afternoon nap, and a real shower cubicle to freshen up comfortably.
A standout feature developed from the 118 wallypower opening bulwark innovation, are the fold- down bulwark sections to increase the size of the swim platform, which is served by a retractable passarelle that doubles as a 5-step swim ladder.
On deck, the layout has been designed to let family and friends relax in convivial comfort by sinking into the generous seating and sunbeds, and enjoy al fresco dining thanks to the galley unit equipped with two cooking rings, a sink and two fridges (one inside and one outside).
“The new 48 Wally Tender is proof that our Wally DNA – signature design, proven performance, fun and flexibility – continues under the partnership with Ferretti Group,” says Luca Bassani, Wally founder. “Ever since we entered the power market in 2001, the wallytender has been a pure expression of the joy of open-air living on the sea and the sheer pleasure of day boating. Today this concept is further enhanced by the restyled version of the original wallytender, which we are proud to introduce to the market.”
While under way, the aft seating can be configured to face forward and when at anchor to face the dining table. The entire aft sunbed can be raised to access the engine compartment, or just the top section that has storage space underneath. There is more storage under the forward sunbed and even a locker for water toys such as an inflatable SUP and the scuba equipment in the unit behind the helm seating.
In addition to the hardtop, both the foredeck and the aft deck can be protected from the sun under awnings supported by carbon fibre pillars (also stored in the SUP locker), a Wally feature introduced in 2003 with the 118 wallypower.
A special Besenzoni anchoring system with an extending arm to simplify anchor operations, 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 pronounced trademark wraparound fender provides a practical docking solution instead of bulky fenders.
The standard propulsion package comprises the new Volvo IPS 650 engines (twin totalling 1020 hp) with user-friendly joystick controls for a top speed of 38 knots.
An optional gyroscopic stabiliser can be housed in a separate technical compartment, which also houses the electrical switchboards (instead of in the engine compartment where they are apt to overheat).
Last but not least, the 48 Wally Tender is a great family boat and safe for children with a single- level, non-slip teak deck and deep secure bulwarks, so that you always feel “in” rather than “on” the boat.