Wally is launching its new head-turning 55-knot 48 Wallytender X at the Miami Yacht Show, starting Feb. 13. The beautiful new Wally, powered by four 450-hp Mercury Verado R outboards, is the performance-oriented sister to the inboard 48 Wallytender introduced this past fall.
The original 48 Wallytender was powered by twin 480-hp Volvo IPS650 pod drives, and topped out at 38 knots. It was the first Wally produced since the Ferretti Group took over the company. For the U.S. market, Wally wanted a faster, outboard boat. “As a hotspot for the outboard yachting lifestyle, Florida is the perfect place to unveil this exciting new model,” said Stefano de Vivo, Wally’s managing director.
The four outboards are split, so they are placed two by two as far outboard as possible on the transom. This makes boarding easier, with the center open for a passarelle. The outboards also make boating easier in areas of thin water; they can be tilted up to reduce draft to just 2’ 4”. And they open up a lot of space where the engines used to be, so it now can be used for storage.
The design of the Wallytender X is the same as the original Wallytender, with its aggressive, clean, modern Euro lines and folding down bulwarks aft. The foredeck has a large sun lounge, and the helm, with three seats, is protected by a hardtop. The sun lounge aft can be repositioned to face forward when the boat is underway.
Below, the new Wally has the same cabin as the original, with a V berth and a head with shower. The Wallytender X can serve as a fast day boat, if you want to cruise over to Bimini or down to Key West for lunch and get back for dinner, but you also can use it as a weekend cruiser. There’s a galley up, so you can eat al fresco. And the 48 Wallytender X has an impressive range of 320 nm at 40 knots. Read more: