Y7 Tripp 70 Michael Schmidt Yachtbau

Y7 Tripp 70 by Michael Schmidt Yachtbau

Michael Schmidt Yachtbau presents the Y7 Tripp 70, designed by the American yacht designer Bill Tripp.

The Y7 Tripp 70 is a 22m lightweight sailing yacht made of carbon with a modern and clean design. Like many modern and fast sailing yachts, the Y7 has a wide stern, so the yacht will be equipped with a twin rudder. One disadvantage of twin rudders could be a bad maneuverability in marinas but a twin-engine configuration with two 75 hp Volvo Penta engines will compensate that and streams the rudder blades directly. One of the engines serves also as a generator but a further generator is also available as an option.

The yard has the principle

“Keep it simple”

that a family can sail the yacht by themselves or with a small crew. So the yacht has a self-tacking jib. The draft of the yacht with the fixed keel 3.30 meters. But you can order the yacht with a lifting keel to reduce the draft to 1.90 meters. In the sailing mode, the keel bomb hangs in 3.60 meters. There is also a performance keel with a lower center of gravity.


The Y7 Tripp 70 has a basic layout and four layout options. Owners’ cabin with en-suite bathroom is always in the forward area, crew cabin next to the tender garage at the aft. Dining and living area with coffee table amidships. The interior is made of lightweight materials with veneer.

The Owners' Suite

The price starts at EUR 1.820.000, my personal configuration (who is interested, the list of chosen options is in the tab below) ends at EUR 2.317.270 (without VAT). When I am choosing all options without special requests, I came on a maximum price of EUR 2.599.630. Price list stand: November 2017.

Total Price:2.317.270
Base Price1.820.000
Layout Option 13.800
Teak Deck23.700
Lifting Keel270.000
Retractable Bow Thruster15.900
B&G Navigation Package31.900
Audio Entertainment (Amplifier in each cabin)14.560
Air Conditioning (40.000 BTU)31.540
AC Power Upgrade Pack (needed for Air Conditioning)28.450
Water Maker (95l per hour)18.200
Freezer under floor 80 liters2.400
Washer-Dryer Combination3.400
Electric cooker and oven1.250
Underwater Lights8.900
Gennaker/code zero gear including upgrade to hydraulic furler22.630
Air horn on mast1.830
Spreader lights, 6x up and 6x down4.370
Deck wash pump1.290
Dinghy launching system with extension in boom8.380
Gangway, GS 3,20 m foldable, matching boat color, storage bag6.540
Mooring Package14.200
Launching and rigging in Greifswald plus application of 3 coats of antifouling26.500

Tender Garage

The tender garage comes with an integrated crane in the hatch

Main Specifications

Length over all:21.68 m
Length waterline:20.35 m
Beam:5.75 m
Draft:3.30 m (fixed keel)

1.90 - 3.60 (lifting keel)
Interior Design:MSY Design Team
Naval Architecture:Tripp Design Naval Architecture
Main Engines:2 x Volvo Penta 75 HP
Certification:Category A
Displacement (light ship):approx. 28 t
Ballast:9.6 t

General Arrangement Options

Better Place Wally Sailing Yacht

SPOTLIGHT ON: 50m "BETTER PLACE" by Wally Yachts

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
Mast / Boom:Hall Spars
Sail Area1100 sqm
Engine:Siemens diesel-electric
Speed (Engine):14 knots

Sarissa Sailing Yacht Vitters

Video: Sarissa by Vitters

Video of 42.6m carbon sailing yacht SARISSA built by Vitters, designed by Bill Tripp (exterior) and Rhoades Young (interior).

Video produced by Tom Nitsch Images

Wally Saudade Sailing Yacht

Saudade by Wally

Saudade is a 45m sailing yacht built by Wally in 2008.

In case you don’t know her and you see her for the first time, would you see a Wally in her? It’s an untypically deckhouse. If I see it with the Wally glasses, it’s a bit conservative ;). Even so, she is very stylish. I would describe her sporty, elegant and clean with her flush deck :)

Her exterior and interior design come from the boards of Eidsgaard Design. The naval architecture was done by Bill Tripp Design.

Onboard sailing video for a bit feeling ;)

More impresions

Main Specifications

Length over all:45.19 m
Length water line:38.80 m
Beam:8.57 m
Draft:4.40 - 6.40 m
Exterior Design:Eidsgaard Design
Interior Design:Eidsgaard Design
Naval Architecture:Tripp Design
Sail Area:920 m²
Displacement:150 t

Wally Esense Sailing Yacht

SPOTLIGHT ON: 43m Esense by Wally

Esense is a 43m high-performance sloop built in 2006 by Wally.

Esense has a radical design. Wally typical: No deck houses appears on her flush deck and only the bare necessities. That makes her to the biggest keel jolly boat of the world. In German, we would say: Die wohl größte Kieljolle der Welt.

Her exterior lines were designed by Wally in-house by the visionary founder Luca Bassani. The naval architecture work was done by Tripp Design. Her Hall Spars rig carries a sail area of 836 m².

The interior was created by Odile Decq from France. She gave her very modern lines compatible with her exterior design. Esense can accommodate 8 guests and a crew of 6 on cruising tours. She has three guest cabins which can be opened to the saloon. Table and seats are available for people of 10 – 12.

Statement by Odile Decq about the project

The interview is in French with German subtitles

Main Specifications

Length over all:43.70 m
Beam:8.57 m
Draft:4.20 - 6.20 m
EnginesCaterpillar 550 hp
Exterior Design:Wally / Luca Bassani
Interior Design:Odile Decq
Naval Architecture:Bill Tripp

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2014

Impressions of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta & Rendevous 2014 (19th to 22nd March).

You will find the summary of winners below.

Photo Credits: Yacht Club Costa Smeralda

Summary Class A 

Builder | Designer
Baltic | Reichel Pugh, Nauta
Holland Jachtbouw | Dykstra NA
Fitzroy | Dubois
Baltic | Dykstra NA
Leopard3 by Robertissima
McConaghy Boats | Farr
Vitters | Philippe Briand
Wally | Bill Tripp
Vitters | Dubois

Summary Class B 

Builder | Designer
Nautor's Swan | Frers
Royal Huisman | Dubois
Vitters | Hoek
Nautor's Swan | Frers
Nautor's Swan | Frers
Southern Wind | Farr
Alia | Warnwick

Summary Class C

Builder | Designer
Fitzroy Yachts | Dubois
Oyster Marine | Dubois
Tempus Fugit
Arkin Pruva | Humphreys
Perini Navi | Ron Holland
Derecktor | Sparkman & Stephens

alithia abeking rasmussen

Superyacht "Alithia" by Abeking & Rasmussen

S/Y “Alithia” by Abeking & Rasmussen, designed by Bill Tripp and Winch Design.

No HD video but anyway it is good. Enjoy!


If I remember right, the yacht was built for a German entrepreneur to sail with his wife, his 3 (or 4?) children and teachers around the world. The yacht had satellite internet technology that the children were able to hold the contact to friends and classmates.