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 boat offers 300 sqm of inside space and 500 sqm outside area. Furthermore, she has a hybrid propulsion system to reduce fuel consumption, noise, and vibrations.

Wetzels Brown Partners and the Wally in-house team created the exterior design. Wetzels Brown Partners is also responsible for the interior design.

Luca Bassani, Wally’s 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.”

Interior of Sailing Yacht BETTER PLACE

The Wetzels Brown Partners design sleeps 10 guests and a crew of 10 in light and bright interior.

The owners’ suite has a large size of 62 square meters with a lot of natural light, thanks to windows on the sides. Furthermore, the owner has direct access to the vast 30 square meter Terrace-on-the-sea – a typical Wally feature.

The deckhouse offers 86 square meters of open space with dining and lounge areas, surrounded by full-height windows giving an airy feeling. It is like a protected cockpit or like a pavilion. In the forward area of the deckhouse is the wheelhouse.

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.

“Man in the Boom” – a lot of shares on social medias but often without context or what yacht it is. These photos show the size of the yacht.

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.

There are currently no information if this yacht or sale or a price.

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

The area around the deckhouse features the raised bulwark, appeared firstly on Wally’s ESENSE in 2006. This feature offers an aesthetically kind of safety without stanchions on the hull. Only the flush deck has stobs for the rail.