Hot on the heels of the world debut of the exciting new 48 Wallytender this autumn, Wally with Ferretti Group will reveal at the upcoming Miami Yacht Show (13–17 February 2020) the first unit of a new, fully powered outboard version of the cutting-edge Wally day cruiser.
“As a hotspot for the outboard yachting lifestyle, Florida is the perfect place to unveil this exciting new model. With four 450hp outboard racing engines primed to unleash astounding speeds, the 48 Wallytender X will undoubtedly turn heads and be the perfect match for anyone who loves high-performance boats,” says Stefano de Vivo, Managing Director of Wally.
Having reviewed a number of propulsion options for its outboard model, Wally selected Mercury’s state-of-the-art 450hp Verado R powerful engines, manufactured in the US; they are the lightest and most fuel efficient outboards on the market, with the best power-to-weight ratio. Combined with a dependable hull design and a light carbon fiber construction from the in-house experts at Wally and Ferretti Group, the result is impressive: high top speeds and very low consumptions for extended range. Preliminary sea trials have indicated maximum speeds in excess of 55 knots and a cruising speed of 40 knots with a range of 320nm.
Day trips on this tender are going to be very comfortable, thanks to the spacious and elegant suite on the lower deck – featuring carbon fiber decking with furniture and panels in teak. And with tilting outboards, the effective draft of the 48 Wallytender X can be reduced to 70cm (2’4”) at full load when the engines are lifted.
Alongside the performance advantages of outboard engines, the 48 Wallytender X provides a quiet ride thanks to reduced noise and vibration, as well as being light and easy to maintain. With the engines repositioned outside the hull, a vast space is freed up for storage, and – as with the inboard model – the 48 Wallytender X features user-friendly joystick controls for easy docking.
A challenge for owners of boats with outboard engines can be the access from the stern, with banks of multiple outboards prohibiting easy boarding or entry to the water from the aft. Not so with the 48 Wallytender X: as a first in its category, Wally has split the four engines to the flanks of the boat, with two on each side, allowing the installation of the retractable hydraulic boarding passerelle/swim ladder to provide direct and easy access to the water or the shore.
The deck layout of the 48 Wallytender X is as welcoming and comfortable as the inboard version, including generous seating, sunbeds and alfresco dining catered to by the well-equipped galley unit. And with the sideways-opening bulwarks that boating enthusiasts have come to know and love from Wally, the open “beach” effect on the aft of the boat is a remarkable feature also included in this model.
“We are very proud of what we have achieved in this new outboard version of the 48 Wallytender,” comments Luca Bassani, Wally founder. “We have been able to maintain its strong aesthetic identity and the many practical features found on the inboard model, perfectly packaged to serve the needs of clients who prefer the outboard experience in their boating lifestyle, including top speeds and high levels of performance”.