American premiere, at the 2019 Fort Lauderdale Int’l Boat Show, for a new model which is already a bestseller: 48 Wallytender wants to conquer the US market.
After the acquisition of Wally Yachts by Ferretti Group, the brand has launched the new 48 Wallytender: introduced in September in Cannes, the 15-mt runabout has already been sold in seven units (according to the shipyard). Now she is ready to conquer new customers with the debut at FLIBS from 30 October to 3 November.
Fold down, open up
And it seems like she has the right aces up her sleeve for the American market, because of the flexible layout and many features, first of all the opening bulwarks. As Luca Bassani, founder of Wally Yachts states “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”.
If you think at the original Wallytender, born in 2002 and still contemporary, in a way it opened a new segment as a standalone runabout, good for day or overnight cruising and not just as a tender for a larger yacht or private villa. The new model retains the same philosophy of combining form and function, but introduces new features to enhance the yachting experience.
The 48 Wallytender features (as standard) fold-down bulwark sections to increase the swim platform, an evolution of the solution introduced back in 2002 on the 118 Wallypower. Another peculiarity is the retractable gangway that doubles as a swim ladder. On deck, the layout sports seating and sunbeds, a galley unit, and a convivial area served by an aft seating that can also face forward.
In order not to hinder the essential lines, a special anchoring system is hidden behind a flush-fitting hatch in the bow and can be operated with a button from the helm. The wraparound strake, a trademark feature of Wallytenders, provides a practical docking solution and once again avoid unaesthetic fenders. The standard powertrain of 48 Wallytender consists of two Volvo IPS 650 units (2×480 hp) for a top speed of 38 knots.