With razor-sharp lines, the cool new 48 Wallytender exhibits the striking good looks one has come to expect from the yacht brand that was founded by Italian designer Luca Bassani in 1994. “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.
Wally initially made its name with snazzy racy supersailing yachts that were easy to sail. The company pioneered groundbreaking solutions such as the early use of carbon fiber. Today, Bassani’s clean-line influence can be seen in the design of many other brands, both sail and power.
In 2019 Wally became part of Ferretti Group. The 48 Wallytender made its US debut at the 2019 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. “Ferretti Group was particularly excited to present this remarkable day cruiser to a world-class network in the U.S., 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.
“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,” says Bassani. “As an open tender with ample features to enhance family time on the water, it is the perfect boat for the U.S. market—especially for use in Florida, the Keys and the Bahamas.”
The Wallytender concept is dual purpose: as the name suggests, it can act as a tender for a larger yacht or simply be a stand-alone runabout for day or overnight cruising. This 48-footer is a bit like a transformer toy in that fold-down bulwark sections convert the cockpit into a veritable party pad. This is an evolution of the fold-down bulwark innovation introduced by Wally in 2002 on the 118 Wallypower. Another notable feature is the retractable passerelle that doubles as a 5-step swim ladder.
On deck, the layout has been designed 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. Large interior volume with a true cabin and a real shower cubicle make a weekend away doable and comfortable. 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. Even the anchoring system looks sexy. The wraparound fender is a trademark feature of Wallytenders and provides a practical docking solution instead of bulky fenders.
Meanwhile, the Wallytender 48 boasts nearly 1,000 horsepower and is capable of hitting 38 knots at sea. 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. If you don’t have a larger yacht, but do have a waterfront home with a dock, be aware that this boat is the type of eye candy that might attract a bit too much attention.