PHOTO: Gilles Martin Raget
Fans of the idiosyncratic boats by Wally have another tender/dayboat to consider, the 48 Wallytender. This 48-foot (14.5-meter) boat is a restyled version of the very first Wallytender. While she reflects the brand’s signature style and performance, she incorporates additional know-how from the brand’s new parent company, the Ferretti Group.
News broke days ago about Wally joining the Ferretti Group fold. While the announcement just came, the two companies officially began working together in advance. As such, the 48 Wallytender is the first product from the joint efforts.
Luca Bassani, Wally’s founder, says the tender stay true to brand intent. “The Wallytender has been a pure expression of the joy of open-air living on the sea and the sheer pleasure of day boating,” he explains. She retains handy features, too, like an incorporated wraparound fender. Borrowing a page from her big sister, the 118 Wallypower, the 48 Wallytender has carbon fiber sun-awning supports for both the foredeck and cockpit. They stow in a locker beneath the foredeck sunpad—which can also hold an inflatable SUP or other small toys. Additionally borrowed from the 118, the tender has opening bulwarks aft, making a more sizable swim platform. Add in a passarelle doubling as a swim ladder, and you’re set.
You’re set to zip from anchorage to anchorage, or from mothership to shore, as well. The 48 Wallytender boasts a reported top end of 38 knots in calm conditions with a Volvo Penta IPS 650 power package. Even at 30 knots, Wally says you’ll go far: 300 nautical miles. If you so wish, you can add a gyroscopic stabilizer.
Simultaneously, the 48 Wallytender incorporates welcome enhancements from the Ferretti Group. In particular, the bulwarks are deeper, especially helpful if you take small children out. The 48 Wallytender also includes a cabin with a shower and space for a nap.
For comfort on deck, where there’s 14’4” (4.39 meters) of beam, the 48 Wallytender has plenty of seating, plus sunbeds fore and aft. You can dine aft, too, given a cooktop, a sink, and refrigerator (plus an additional one inside the cabin). Dining is simpler also due to the changeable seating: It can face aft, to the table, or forward for cruising comfort.
The new tender is on display at this week’s Boot Düsseldorf.