Refined and accommodating, most certainly, but there’s nothing gentle about this tender.
This good lookin' get-about is the premier product to come out of the joint venture between Wally and Ferretti Group. Just as we'd hoped, it retains the quintessentially cool cosmetics of a Wallytender design, while also gaining the panache of the Italian multinational. And while our observation of Ferretti's contribution may seem vague, that's exactly the point: the big brand have not muscled into the design process to cheapen the spirit of Wally for scalability and profit, they've simply allowed a pure continuation of the brand to be produced on their platform. At least, that's how it seems.
The latest 48 Wallytender takes the concept of the standalone dayboat that defined previous versions and introduces a series of slight improvements to make the experience all the more enjoyable. In order to facilitate these
upgrades, the newly formed duet have managed to tweak and refine to provide more space than before – most notably, that means more interior volume. This was done by raising the freeboard delicately so as not to dilute hull's clean lines. Now, the 48 Wallytender has a comfortable cabin below deck, as well as a full shower cubicle.
Up top there are cushy lounges fore and aft, as well as a dining table serviced by a galley that includes a stove, sink and two fridges. There's a deceptive amount of storage scattered around the deck, including large compartments beneath sunbeds. The hardtop can be extended with additional sun awnings that are supported by carbon fibre rods. Speaking of which, the visible carbon fibre finish that dominates the helm console is a sure sign of race-ready pedigree, as well as something that would look right at home on a Fast and Furious set.
Perhaps the most striking feature of the fun-size design is its fold-down bulwarks that dramatically increase swim platform surface area, with a combined passarelle/swim ladder.
When it comes to performance (yes, it's as fast as it looks), there are twin Volvo IPS 650 engines producing a total of 1020 horsepower to propel the hull at up to 38 knots. Joystick control makes piloting a breeze, adding yet another jewel in the crown of this versatile vessel. Whether it's put to use as a family weekender, a bachelor boat or as an over the top tender on a monster yacht, the 48 Wallytender will surely do an exceptional job.