Photography by Ferretti Group
Ferretti Group has announced the latest addition to its growing offering of fast, fun and stylish luxury tenders from Wally, the 43wallytender. On this exciting 13-metre model, the newly created centre-cockpit design provides all the protection of a cockpit with the practicality and access of a walkaround.
Those on board can enjoy the feeling of being in the open air with the added security and comfort usually experienced on a more enclosed yacht.
“Thanks to Wally’s iconic design heritage and innovation developed over more than 25 years, the team has introduced a fresh new take on the middle part of the boat and its use, creating the new centre-cockpit concept,” commented Stefano de Vivo, Wally Managing Director.
“At the same time, we have once again succeeded in evolving our offering to satisfy the yacht owners of today and tomorrow by elevating the day-boat yachting standards.
“Upholding Wally’s customary cool aesthetics and extraordinary performance, this latest addition to the Wally family is sure to be a benchmark of the future.”
Drawing on the highlights of earlier Wallytender models, the 43wallytender displays an abundance of design features that make it the ultimate multipurpose performer. The result is a very fast, robust and practical runabout that is designed to be pure, simple and magnificently seaworthy, suiting uses as diverse as a family day boat, superyacht tender, resort shuttle and sailing yacht support vessel.
The 43wallytender has the capacity to carry up to twelve people (Category B) at speeds in excess of 40 knots.
“Our team has worked tirelessly to create a new tender that perfectly meets the multifunctional needs of today’s owners while also staying true to our Wally design philosophy,” added Luca Bassani, chief designer and founder of the brand.
Bassani added, “You will not find a single item on board that does not serve a purpose in its purest, simplest and most beautiful form.”
“I am very proud of what we have achieved with the 43wallytender, which surely deserves its place cruising alongside our wider family of Wally yachts and tenders,” he said.
When creating the new model, Wally’s design team extensively consulted owners of its existing tender fleet to understand how the vessels’ various features have benefited day-to-day use. The new boat consequently fills a niche that will strike a chord with yacht owners the world over, delivering a sheltered passenger and driver experience, excellent handling, high-speed performance, generous bathroom facilities with standing headroom and separate shower compartment, a cabin with bed, and a range of deck configurations.
Staying true to Wally’s distinctive style and spirit, the 43wallytender simultaneously drives the company’s offering in a new direction while taking inspiration from the design heritage of its best-loved models of the past two decades. In particular, the similarities to early generations of Wally tenders including the Wallytender, WallyOne and 47wallypower are most evident.
The 43wallytender also draws on Wally’s sailing heritage through the laminated sail mounted across the T-top’s carbon fibre superstructure. This brand’s signature solves the problem of simultaneously delivering the sensation of open-air living and providing shelter from the sun. Made from laminated sailcloth, the chic, contemporary Wally look of the T-top is highly practical, being lighter to reduce displacement of the vessel, and semi-transparent to allow plenty of light shining on those in the shade underneath.
Developed by Wally and Ferretti Group’s technical engineering department, the 43wallytender is constructed in advanced composite with carbon fibre at Wally’s brand-new facilities in Forlì, Italy.
As with all the brand’s tenders, the 43wallytender will be available in a range of head-turning colours that cannot be found elsewhere.
The first unit, which is currently in production and due for completion in August 2020, has a striking iridescent green hull. The colour has been dubbed Gator Green, in honour of the company’s first sailing yacht, Wallygator, which was also green. As the landmark yacht that initiated Wally’s illustrious history, 2021 will mark the 30th anniversary of her launch.
The jewel in the 43wallytender’s crown is its unique centre-cockpit layout, which provides the driver and passengers with supreme protection from the elements, especially at top speeds. The wraparound glass windshield cocoons those onboard from three sides while the T-top offers shelter from above.
Remarkably, the cockpit windshield’s front section has an angular bend of the single pane of glass, achieved without use of a central strut. This enhances visibility from the wheel station, with the added benefit of advancing the aesthetic of the tender, reflecting the brand’s DNA to be twenty years ahead.
Alongside the protective benefits of the sheltered cockpit, thanks to the flanking walkways, passengers can enjoy convenient and safe access to the bow as well as the large sunpad on the foredeck.
Today’s yacht owners are more demanding than ever before, expecting vessels to perform a range of tasks and uses, adapting from season to season or even more frequently. The ability of the 43wallytender to change deck configurations as its owner’s needs vary will surely be one of its strongest appeals.
The flush, open deck space behind the cockpit coupled with the standard wings provides the ideal platform to accommodate many guests or to transport sails for a racing superyacht during a busy regatta season.
The addition of a fold-out dining table, seating and raised sunbed converts the tender into a perfect family day boat, resort shuttle or yacht tender. Further storage in an optional aft sunbed creates the ultimate platform for watersports activities, with space to stow SeaBobs, wakeboards, scuba diving tanks and other small water toys.
Instead of committing to a single configuration and purpose for the tender at the time of purchase, as is traditionally expected, owners of the 43wallytender have a full armoury of accessories and features at their disposal that can be stored when not in use and then swapped in at a shipyard between seasons in just a day or two.
As would be expected on a Wally yacht, the 43wallytender comes with a wide range of premium equipment as standard, including the carbon T-top, LED deck lighting, concealed hydraulic push-button anchor system, side-opening bulwark wings to extend the deck space (carried over from the 48wallytender), teak decking and the classic Wally wraparound fender system.
Twin Volvo Penta diesel 380hp stern drive engines with joystick control are an advantage for storage on a lift at a waterside home and give the added benefit of a shallower draft for exploration in remote areas. There is an option to upgrade to twin 440hp engines for predicted top speeds of over 40 knots.
Naturally, a number of elements on the 43wallytender can be customised to the owner’s needs. For instance, the carbon T-top comes as standard to offer protection from the elements, but it can be eliminated should the vessel need to be stowed in a tender garage without sufficient clearance.
The cockpit features bench-style seating to promote a more social environment. The yacht features a fridge and an insulated icebox locker as standard, as well as a carbon-fibre swimming ladder.
A second, larger fridge and ice maker are available as optional, as well as a diesel generator, airconditioning both inside and outside in the cockpit area, SeaKeeper stabiliser system and automated retractable swimming ladder/passerelle (as seen on the 48wallytender).
The all-new 43wallytender will be unveiled at the 2020 Cannes Yachting Festival, from 8–13 September.