naval architect: Bill Tripp Naval Architecture
interior design: Wetzels Brown Partners
photography: interior photos | Toni Meneguzzi - exterior photos | Gilles Martin-Raget
launch: May 2012
“… Gillian Brown and Rob Wetzels, who have already been given the opportunity to express their creativity on several Wally yachts and have won various design awards for the 100-foot CNB, Chrisco. Yet ‘Better Place’ surpasses everything that has been accomplished to date” Boat Exclusive
The overall design, interior and exterior, has been described in the press as “astonishing and innovative compared to any other similar yacht”.
A true performance Wally sailing yacht in Bugatti Blue with aggressive, fast and sleek lines and ultra-light 250 tons displacement - the world’s largest sloop in carbon fiber developed on the lines of Tripp Design. Better Place is uniquely the first sailing yacht with environmental requirements classified RINA Green Star. The yacht is built to the ideas of the Wally lifestyle - a rare and exciting interpretation of luxury on the water. In the interior Wetzels Brown Partners has considered every detail to create one harmonious design: from the sea-worthy fittings to the custom designed bedding, tableware and uniforms.
The design follows the Wally concept of inside-outside living areas. The floor to ceiling windows visually connect the interior with the exterior to create large, light and airy living spaces finished in white oak, warm light grey and carbon fibre with LED coloured lighting to adapt to every mood and time of day. The bold metallic colour concept continues inside with highlights in the cabins of raspberry, ice green, sky blue and soft touch black.
There is 300 sqm of living space and 400 sqm of deck space on 3 deck levels:
· Main Deck - 86 sqm saloon and dining to entertain up to 18 people with inside to outside open access both forward and aft – exterior areas totaling 157sqm
· Sun Deck - 100 sqm with lounge, dining and BBQ
· Cabin Deck - owner cabin of 62 sqm opening onto private “terrace on the sea” with 4 en-suite cabins for up to 10 guests with 9 - 10 crew berths.