16 October 2020
In the 1990s, Benetti was the first shipyard to use fibreglass to build Navettes over 30 metres long; and now they have returned to building in steel for their new generation of Expedition yachts.
Benetti’s B.Yond is a result of reconfiguration of onboard volume and layout, with utility and privacy for guests front of mind on all 4 of the yacht’s decks. Intelligent solutions give as much space as possible to the owner, guests, crew and onboard services, ensuring comfortable, leisurely cruises with reduced environmental impact thanks to the new E-Mode propulsion system developed by Siemens for the shipyard.
The balanced proportions of the main and lower decks merge into the hull’s contours and are perfectly integrated with the yacht’s silhouette, making it possible to add a fourth deck with huge windows.
The first model to be introduced is the B.Yond 37M, which has steel hull and aluminium superstructure, a beam of 8.6 metres and enclosed volumes similar to a 50-metre superyacht of almost 500 tonnes.
Amidships there are a surprising large captain suite, a huge galley, a laundry and a cold room.
The deck can be reached from both the garage and service stairs connecting all the decks.
The full beam owner’s suite is in the bow on the main deck. The four guests cabins are designed with vertical walls, large spaces, and sea views. The two stern suites and the owner’s one can be fitted with a private terrace.
The central foyer leads to the living area of the upper deck, while a second set of stair leads down below to a space that can be fitted out as a fully appointed gym or ad a sixth guests’ cabin.
On the main deck, at stern, there is also a much bigger garage than usual, with space for water toys: 2 jet skis and 2 tenders with the possibility of hauling and launching from both sides thanks to folding gunwales. In the stern of the deck, a central stair allows direct access to the beach area with sauna and a toy room to provide more equipment storage.
The E-Mode powered by Siemens, specially designed for the Azimut|Benetti Group, offers a hybrid propulsion simple to use, and effectively reduces the consumption during the whole life cycle of the yacht.
The diesel-electric propulsion system from Siemens, SISHIP EcoProp operates in four different configurations: Enhanced Comfort, ideal for night and coastal cruising with no emissions; Eco Cruise/hotel mode, for zero-emissions while cruising or at anchor; Extended Range, an option useful on very long trips to reduce consumption; Eco Transfer, for navigation with only one engine driving both shafts to reduce engine hours and improve performance. It allows a reduction of the engine hours and an improved performance.
The yacht allows direct access from the dock to a middle deck leading to the stern terrace on the upper deck.
From the stern, a first outdoor dining area complete with lateral protection is furnished with comfortable sofas and chairs, while moving forward and inside, the main saloon and a second dining area is connected with sliding doors to the exterior bow lounge.
The wheel deck contains a lounge with sliding glass side screens to protect against gusts of wind. Aft, a second hydromassage tub dominates the outdoor area, while the interior spaces in the bow include the helm station and a radio room that can also be used at night by the captain to rest in, when the yacht is at anchor. The sun deck consists of a dining area with pantry and an open air table sheltered by a hard top, plus a roomy sunbathing area.
Like a true expedition yacht, B.Yond 37M is designed for long distance cruise. There are fuel and water tanks capable of storing respectively 70,000 and 6,000 litres. Range at cruising speed is in excess of 5,000 nautical-miles.