Fast and Flexible: The new 43wallytender
Ferretti Group has launched the first ‘Gator Green’ 43wallytender, which offers 40 knots and a large, flexible aft platform suitable for many purposes, including a fun day out.
After Ferretti Group announced its purchase of Wally in January 2019, the iconic brand’s first new model under its new owner was the stunning 48wallytender, which debuted at the Cannes Yachting Festival last September and tore its way around the bay during sea trials.
A year later, Ferretti Group showcased its little sister, the 43wallytender, at its annual Private Preview at the Monaco Yacht Club before also displaying her at the Group’s new Private Boat Show in its La Spezia shipyard.
While there are a host of similarities between these fast, fun and stylish dayboats, there are also a range of differences to keep things interesting, such as the new centre-cockpit design on the 43, which provides the protection of a cockpit with the practicality and access of a walkaround.
Stefano de Vivo, Managing Director of Wally and CCO of Ferretti Group, said: “Thanks to Wally’s iconic design heritage and innovation developed over more than 25 years, with the 43wallytender our team introduced a fresh new take on the middle part of the boat and its use, creating the new ‘centre cockpit’ concept.
“At the same time, we evolved 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 addition to the Wally family is a benchmark of the future.”
PROUD HERITAGE, NEW IDEAS
Drawing on earlier Wallytender models, the 43-footer displays an abundance of design features that enable it to be used in a variety of ways, such as a family day boat, superyacht tender, resort shuttle and even sailing yacht support vessel, with masses of room to carry sails.
Capable of 40 knots, this powerful, practical and seaworthy Category B runabout has the capacity to carry up to 12 people and is the latest creation of Wally founder Luca Bassani to hit the water.
“Our team has worked tirelessly to create a tender that perfectly meets the multifunctional needs of today’s owners while also staying true to our Wally design philosophy,” says Bassani, also the brand’s Chief Designer.
“You will not find a single item 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 deserves its place cruising alongside our wider family of Wally yachts and tenders.”
When creating the model, Wally’s design team consulted owners of its existing tender fleet to understand how various features benefited day-to-day use. The new model delivers a sheltered passenger and driver experience, excellent handling, high-speed performance, a double cabin, a bathroom with standing headroom and separate shower, and a range of deck configurations.
INSPIRED BY WALLY’S LEGACY
The 43wallytender also draws on Wally’s sailing heritage through the laminated sail mounted across the T-top’s carbon-fibre superstructure, which simultaneously offers open-air living and shelter from the sun.
Made from laminated sail cloth, the T-top is highly practical. Being semi-transparent, it allows plenty of light but avoids sunburn and glare yet is light enough to be supported by a single pillar, so offering excellent visibility for all on board.
Developed by Wally and Ferretti Group’s technical engineering department, the 43wallytender is built in advanced composites with carbon-fibre at Wally’s new production site in Forli, Italy. As with all the brand’s tenders, the 43wallytender is available in a unique range of colours.
The first unit has a striking iridescent green hull, in a colour dubbed ‘Gator Green’, in honour of the company’s first sailing yacht, Wallygator, which was also green.
PROTECTIVE AND FLEXIBLE
The centre cockpit provides the driver and passengers with excellent protection from the elements, especially at top speeds, as the wraparound glass windshield cocoons those on board from three sides while the T-top offers shelter from above.
Remarkably, the windshield’s front section has an angular bend of a single pane of glass, achieved without use of a central strut, again enhancing visibility. The flanking walkways mean passengers can have safe access to the bow as well as the large sunpad on the foredeck.
Ferretti Group describes the yacht as the ‘Swiss Army Knife of the seas’ because of how deck configurations can change to suit the owner’s needs. The flush, open aft deck coupled with the standard wings provides the ideal platform to accommodate many guests or 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 family day boat, shuttle or tender.
Further storage in an optional aft sunbed creates a great platform for watersports activities, with space to stow a Seabob, wakeboards, scuba diving tanks and other small toys.
Instead of committing to a single configuration and purpose for the tender at the time of purchase, owners have an armoury of accessories and features at their disposal, which can be stored when not in use and then swapped in at a shipyard in just a day or two.
The wide range of standard features include 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.
POWER AND FUNCTIONALITY
Twin Volvo Penta diesel 380hp stern drive engines 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 top speeds of 40 knots, while the user-friendly joystick controls are ideal for intuitive and easy manoeuvring.
The cockpit has bench-style seating to promote a more social environment, while a fridge and an insulated ice box locker are included as standard, along with a carbon-fibre swimming ladder.
A second, larger fridge and ice maker are among options along with a diesel generator, a proper shower with large shower-head to be assembled aft deck, air-conditioning both inside and outside in the cockpit area, SeaKeeper stabiliser system and automated retractable swimming ladder/passerelle.
Several elements can be customised to an owner’s needs. For instance, the carbon T-top can be eliminated should the vessel need to be stowed in a tender garage without sufficient clearance. It all depends on how and where you want to use this colourful addition to Wally’s proudportfolio.
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