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Best of the Best 2013: Megayachts: Wally Better Place

  • Bailey S. Barnard

Last July, the Monaco-based Wally Yachts delivered the 167-foot sloop Better Place (www.wally.com), a high-performance sailboat that offers all the comforts and refinements of a megayacht. Made almost entirely from carbon fiber—from the hull and superstructure to the 217-foot-tall mast and even the furniture—the vessel boasts a displacement of just 250 tons, which is about half that of most yachts its size. All of Better Place’s sailing functions (boom furling, jib tacking, sail trimming) are push-button controlled, and all storage lockers are hidden beneath the expansive foredeck, where a six-person Jacuzzi can also be concealed beneath the deck when not in use. The yacht’s nearly 1,000-square-foot deckhouse contains a large open space comprising the saloon, dining area, and wheelhouse, above which the sundeck offers dual helm stations for sailing, and plentiful seating and lounging areas. The belowdecks interior, which sleeps as many as 12 guests in five cabins (and accommodates 10 crew members), features minimalistic styling, with padded leather floors in the owner’s suite and LED lights that can change colors to suit any mood.