Bill Tripp and his wife, Danielle, represent YYachts in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.


Bill Tripp and his wife, Danielle, represent YYachts in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. They are uniquely suited to assist in the purchase of the YYacht most in keeping with your needs and cruising plans.

Bill Tripp has spent his whole life on the water sailing and racing in boats his father designed, William H. Tripp Jr. After studying Naval Architecture at the University of Michigan, he worked as Chief Designer with Doug Peterson, with whom he designed yachts which would be victorious in regattas such as the SORC, the Admirals Cup, the Sardinia Cup, and the Southern Cross series. In 1984 he struck out on his own and founded Tripp Design Naval Architecture, which now has offices both in Connecticut and Amsterdam.

YYachts has managed to produce a yacht that can be sailed safely with impressive sailing characteristics, high speed potential and yet simple operation.


Supported by a team of naval architects, engineers and designers

Tripp Design has developed into a highly respected yacht design firm creating award-winning yachts of all sizes for both cruising and racing. When Bill met Michael Schmidt, the founder of YYachts at the 2016 Duesseldorf Boat Show, he recognised a fellow sailor who was looking to create a high quality, comfortable yacht without all the superfluous technology that makes sailing unnecessarily expensive and complicated.

With the goal of “bringing the joy back to sailing”, Bill and the team designed the Y7.


The success of this project led to a further collaboration with YYachts on a custom project, the Tripp 90 “PREVAIL”, which became the inspiration for a further line of 90-footers, the new Y9.

Danielle Masse is no stranger to the yachting industry

Bill’s wife Danielle is also no stranger to the yachting industry. She has spent more than 30 years visiting shipyards and boat shows around the world. Before transitioning in 2014 to Tripp Design, she was Global Head of Yacht for the Private Client Group at AIG, where she opened offices and set up guidelines and best practices for offices in the U.S., Europe, Middle East, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.  

In this capacity she had to fully understand the lifestyle and needs of yacht owners, while simultaneously making sure that they were in a safe yacht, with a good crew. And if something went wrong, Danielle had to have a network of reliable people to offer quick and professional help.

With an eye for detail and a broad understanding of all that a yacht owner needs to consider when purchasing a yacht, Danielle can act expertly as a guide through the myriad decisions that guarantees each project ends with a smile!

With each project, Bill and Danielle work closely with the yard to define the individual needs of the client and make certain that they are fully delivered. 

The best reflection of this goal being met is that a number of Y7 owners are moving on to a Y9  - the greatest possible compliment for everyone involved!

Bill and Danielle love to be on the water, whether racing with clients, cruising with friends or team racing (a shared passion) around the globe. Ultimately, it is this love of all things sailing and the experience that comes with their many years in the marine industry that make Bill and Danielle excited to be working together with the YYachts team, who deliver a top-notch product.

YYachts USA Contact

Get in touch with Bill Tripp and Danielle Masse

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Bill Tripp / Danielle Masse

+1 203 291 9119 / +1 203 570 1537
[email protected]

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