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March 21st 2019. By Kim Kavin.

Wally 48 Debuts, Setting to Rest Fears about Ferretti Group Deal

Renderings have been released for the all new Wally 48, which is the first Wallytender model from the builder since it signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Italy’s Ferretti Group.

Monaco-based Wally has just unveiled renderings of the Wally 48—the first Wallytender model from the builder since it signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Italy’s Ferretti Group. And just like that, with the rendering’s release, any fears that the Ferretti Group might dilute Wally’s styling or brand were immediately blown to oblivion. This Wallytender’s imagery made it look like the yacht was going to fly right off the page, even though Hull No. 1 hasn’t even been built yet (watch for it to launch this summer).

wally 48

The new Walley 48, set to debut in Summer 2019, remains true to the Wallytender line but succeeds in achieving a modern look.

In fact, the Wally 48 appears to retain every hallmark of the DNA that has made Wally’s forward-leaning designs so popular for years. The new model achieves a modern look while hearkening back to the origins of the entire Wallytender line.

“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,” Luca Bassani, Wally’s founder, stated in a press release. “Today this concept is further enhanced by the restyled version of the original Wallytender, which we are proud to introduce to the market.”

Wallytender yachts are intended to function as runabouts for day cruising, as superyacht tenders or as overnight yachts for a couple. The new Wally 48 adds interior volume, which the builder achieved by raising the freeboard. The result is a larger cabin inside with what Wally says is a “real shower” and a place to sleep.

Topsides, there’s seating and sunbeds along with a cooktop, sink and refrigeration for preparing basic meals on the hook. The aft seating can face forward when the yacht is underway, then switch to face the dining table at anchor. Awnings with carbon-fiber pillars can be put up for sun protection.

wally 48 layout

Designed for day cruising, the 48  has a larger cabin and more interior volume—including a “real shower” and a place to sleep.

A design element that the Wally 48 borrows from her far larger, 118-foot sistership is fold-down bulwarks. They increase the size of the swim platform at anchor.

Stowage is forward as well as beneath the aft seating, which lifts to reveal the engine compartment and its Volvo Penta IPS650s. Given that some Ferretti Group brands are synonymous with speed, there was never any doubt that Wally models introduced under the Ferretti Group’s corporate muscle would have the ability to go fast. The Volvo Penta engines, with a total horsepower of 1,020, reportedly push the Wally 48 to a top speed of 38 knots.

“The new 48 Wallytender is proof that our Wally DNA—signature design, proven performance, fun and flexibility—continues under the partnership with Ferretti Group,” Bassani stated in the press release.

It appears that he’s right, based on the renderings released so far. And there should be more to come: Between this year and 2022, the Ferretti Group is expected to invest more than $95 million in developing the Wally brand and creating new products.

After Hull No. 1 of the Wally 48 splashes in a few months, we will all be staying tuned to see what comes next.

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Kim Kavin
Kim Kavin is an award-winning writer, editor and photographer who specializes in marine travel. She is the author of 10 books including Dream Cruises: The Insider’s Guide to Private Yacht Vacations, and is editor of the online yacht vacation magazine www.CharterWave.com.