The 50m BETTER PLACE by Wally from 2012 is a very modern flybridge sailing yacht in stunning Bugatti blue.

BETTER PLACE is one the largest sloop-rigged sailing yachts in carbon fiber and RINA Green Star certification. The yacht offers 300 sqm of inside space and 500 sqm outside space. Furthermore, she has a hybrid propulsion system to reduce the fuel consumption, noise and vibrations.

Luca Bassani, Wally Founder and President and head of the R&D commented:

“With Better Place, once again Wally opens a new route in yacht design and innovation. We succeeded in delivering an environmentally friendly and breakthrough Wally 50m with aggressive and sleek lines of a true performance sailing yacht, rather than the motor sailer look typical of this class of yachts.”

Better Place Wally Sailing Yacht
Better Place Wally Yachts
Better Place Wally Yachts

The exterior design was created by Wally together with Wetzels Brown Partners from Amsterdam. They are also responsible for the interior. The studio of Bill Tripp made naval architecture.

The deckhouse encloses the 86-sqm open space with navigation, dining and lounge areas, and is characterised by full height windows giving the open-air feeling, a sort of sheltered cockpit enhancing the inside-outside living.

The genuinely Wally raised bulwark, firstly featured by Esense in 2006, offers unique protection and replaces the less safe and aesthetically appealing rail and stanchions while leaving the hull lines pure.

The 62-sqm owners’ suite is aft with extraordinary visibility and brightness. The natural light floods in from four sides of the vast stateroom: through the portholes on both sides, and the mirrored glass aft and above. The owners’ private area has direct access to the 30-sqm Terrace-on-the-sea, that is another distinctive feature of the Wally inside-outside concept.

The forward social cockpit, directly accessible from the interior dining and lounge areas, features table seats and sun beds for up to 20-people. Beyond this, the forward deck features a Jacuzzi, finished in black, which is positioned beneath deck level and is, therefore, invisible when not in use, a hidden winch “cockpit” for the halyards, two large tender garages, stay-sail locker, sail lockers, and the Wally submarine anchor locker.

Better Place‘s 100-sqm sundeck is accessed both by an outside staircase and by an inside open staircase, leading to steering and navigation, lounge, dining, sunbathing and barbeque areas, A particularly innovative service feature is the open food lift connecting galley, interior dining area and sundeck– a ‘suitcase’ suspended in free space, connected by a single vertical track, to lift . The sundeck dining can be converted into a huge sunbed with the addition of an inflatable mattress, providing further comfort without stretching available storage capacity.

A hull-side door is located amidships to starboard: when open, it converts into a swimming and tender boarding platform. The picture below is also good to compare the size. Another picture to compare is the one the crew member in the boom.

Better Place Wally Yachts hull door
Better Place Yacht Man in Boom

Maximising space and minimising storage requirements, a newly designed seating module has been developed for the deck in carbon and mesh with low-profile cushions, for easy stowage, by the interior designers Wetzels Brown Partners, who designed all the deck furnishing.

The lower deck of Better Place features the night and service areas accommodating the owners in the aft suite and up to ten guests in four double staterooms, and ten crew in five double cabins. All cabins have en-suites.

The crew and service quarter is forward with galley, laundry and crew mess. The two engine rooms are amidships.

The interior design combines carbon look both gloss and satin, satin white lacquered oak, grey leather, and color matched upholstery to create a relaxed feeling. Colour-changing LED lights are used throughout the yacht and can be adjusted in order to change the atmosphere, reflecting the interior design concept to have soft and neutral tones that are colored by the lights. The cabins are linked by a light installation, running along the spine of the yacht.

Main Specifications

Length over all:50.50 m
Beam:10.25 m
Draft:4.60 m
Exterior Design:Wally / Wetzels Brown Partners
Naval Architecture:Bill Tripp Design
Interior Design:Wetzels Brown Partners
Guests:10
Crew:10
Mast / Boom:Hall Spars
Sail Area1100 sqm
Engine:Siemens diesel-electric
Speed (Engine):14 knots