In the course of the latest Boot Düsseldorf, Ferretti Group announced the signing of an exclusive license agreement to acquire Wally brand yachts which expands the company’s already considerable portfolio brand made up of Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Custom Line, Itama, CRN, Riva and Mochi Craft.
Alberto Galassi CEO at Ferretti Group said: “There has long been a mutual fascination between us and Wally and as of today we will continue to develop this extraordinary brand with method, vision and investments. As a yachting enthusiast, I’m very much looking forward to discover the boats that will come from this exclusive collaboration with Luca Bassani. It is easy to foresee that they will push the frontiers of innovation and aesthetic avant-garde to new echelons”.
Wally slots into Ferretti Group’s investment plan which in the four year period from 2019-2022 will be setting aside 84 million euro to develop the brand and in the design and construction of new product ranges.
Luca Bassani founder of Wally commented, “Today’s market requires significant investments to develop new products and new markets. Ferretti Group has great industrial, organizational and commercial capabilities and will be able to boost Wally. I will continue my design and development activity on an exclusive basis, while ensuring the continuity of Wally’s DNA.
This new partnership which was announced only January last has already produced project design work for the 48 Wallytender which will be built like all future Wally yachts at Ferretti Group’s Super Yacht Yard in Ancona Italy.
Compared to the first Wallytender, the new model boasts larger volumes and additional solutions devised to meet day boating requirements such as a small galley, a spacious cabin with a shower unit, an opening transom which increases spaces aft in the stern and facilitates access to the water.
Luca Bassani added: “The new 48 Wallytender proves that Wally’s DNA is perpetrated through the partnership with Ferretti Group”. Wallytender has represented our will to live the sea in open air while offering the pleasure dayboating delivers, ever since our entry into this motor propelled segment back in 2001. Today we’re proud to introduce the renewed version of the original Wallytender into which these concepts have been further developed”.
What stands out more than anything else is the extra space made available, we find a real cabin with dedicated bathroom and shower unit thanks to non invasive higher top sides that do not contrast the pleasing to the eye lines typical of the brand. The exteriors have been modified to some extent mainly in the cockpit area aft where a small galley has been installed to better exploit this Wallytender 48. In addition to the transom opening outward to facilitate access to the surrounding waters, the aft topsides can also open out creating an even larger stern platform which hosts a stern boarding ladder that doubles as bathing ladder. Furthermore there’s plenty of room for diving gear and water toys while a special device by Besenzoni makes anchoring easier. A carbon Bimini hardtop is also foreseen to enhance comfort while providing shade. A pair of Volvo Penta IPS 650 engines ensure a top speed of more than 35 knots.
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