The contemporary interior design is calm with comfortable proportions. The sleek pilothouse features a dining area for eight and a raised sitting area, separated by the keel box clad in frosted glass, while a flat television screen rises from behind the centre sofa. Bookshelves flank the wide glass doors, which lead aft to the large cockpit.
Only three steps above the saloon level, creating a smooth continuation between interior and exterior. At the centreline is a staircase leading aft to three en suite guest cabins and a full-width master suite. Forward of the pilothouse are crew quarters for six with separate pantry, galley and laundry.
Unusual for a sailing yacht of this size are the horizon-line views from the interior, which have been maintained by ensuring portholes, window and floor levels and seating were positioned for the benefit of the guests.
The unique pilothouse window shape features concealed strip lighting on the inside, which accentuates the yacht’s characteristic lines, day and night.
Straight grain oak – laid horizontally for outboard bulkheads and vertically for inboard bulkheads – is separated by white painted timber transverse walls, which appear to float within the cabins thanks to the concealed vertical strip lighting. Contrasting with the transversely laid dark-stained oak floor planks are textured sea grass carpets, used for cabins and raised areas in the saloon.
Leather-covered door handles are hand made in England, while brushed metal cupboard handles have been sourced from the aviation industry. Beds and tables are made from dark wood with matching dark leather inserts. The limited palette of materials and colours creates a modern but timeless design with a relaxed feel.
The Wally 148 Saudade is due to be delivered in spring 2008, when the owners will embark upon their second global circumnavigation.
Drawing by Eidsgaard Design.