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Theory of evolution

Wally and the Ferretti Group have unveiled the new Wallypower50, a flexible cruiser that reaches speeds up to 50 knots.

21 September 2023

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Italian luxury boatbuilder Wally has launched its new Wallypower50 at the Cannes Yachting Festival, which took place from 12 to 17 September 2023.

The 50-foot (15.2-metre) Wallypower50 is now the smallest vessel in the Wallypower range and borrows design cues from the shipyard’s larger Wallypower58, launched in 2022.

The new addition to the Wallypower range fills a size gap in the fleet, slotting between the smaller tenders, such as the Wallytender43 and Wallytender48, and the larger motor yachts.

These dimensions mean it can be used as either a nimble chase boat, reaching blistering speeds of 50 knots, or as a luxurious family cruiser suitable for overnighting.

“The new Wallypower50 is a real key addition to the range, serving as a link between the Wallytenders and the Wallypowers,” says Stefano de Vivo, managing director at Wally, which is a brand of Ferretti Group.

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“As such, we’ve imbued it with everything that both ranges offer, and more besides – the Wallypower50 sets a new standard for being flexible, practical and dynamic.

“It is the ultimate example of the evolution of a species, and it highlights once again that Wally remains several steps ahead of anything else on the market.”

 

Flexible approach

Wally says the Wallypower50 is more than just the baby of the Wallypower range. The concept for its design revolved around creating a bridge between the more open style of the Wallytender43 and Wallytender48 and the larger Wallypower58.

The result is a model that can be specced to a wide array of operational profiles for many customers.

An extensive options list helps the Wallypower50 to become whatever its owners need it to be. Clean lines and stem design reflect the distinctive style of the larger Wallypowers, but the Wallypower50 can also be specified with the wraparound fender of the Wallytenders for those seeking more practical applications.

The Wallypower50 also comes with a practical alternative to the Wallypower58’s central aft sunpad – in this case, two separate sunbeds – which maximises the use of space on deck, particularly with the wings, which mirror those on the Wallypower58. Once the wings are opened, they create an additional 6 square metres of aft deck space.

An upper cockpit area provides seating for eight guests under the coachroof plus four more on two forward-facing bench seats. Below, there is a large, open space plus a comfortable bathroom with a separate shower, a large couch, and a double bed. Owners can opt for the addition of Wally’s Magic Portholes below, as seen on the Wallypower58.

The closed cockpit is pushed far forward to provide space for inside-outside living, allowing its use in all weather conditions.

 

Dynamic propulsion

The Wallypower50 draws on the same propulsion package installed in the Wallytender48. At its heart are twin Volvo Penta IPS650s that can take the Wallypower50 past 36 knots, while offering both a 30-knot cruise and easy joystick handling with optional DPS in close-quarters manoeuvres.

The deep-V hull ensures a faster cruise in bigger seas, and the model is also offered in the X version with quad 400-hp Mercury outboards that deliver a hair-raising 48 knots while still offering a 240-nautical-mile range.

The optional Mercury 500-hp Racing configuration allows the Wallypower50X to exceed 50 knots of maximum speed, with a range of 180 nautical miles.

“You can draw a direct line from the original, legendary Wallypower118 to the Wallypower50,” says Luca Bassani, Wally’s founder and chief designer. “What’s more, its ability to be anything from chase boat to dayboat, offering everything from utilitarian support to ultimate style, makes it another milestone launch for Wally.”

 

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