18 June 2020
In the 1990s, Benetti was the first shipyard to use fibreglass to build Navettes over 30 metres long. Today, with its new generation of Expedition vessels, B.Yond, it is the first major player in the industry to return to building in steel.
The first model is the B.Yond 37M, which has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, a beam of 8.6 metres and enclosed volumes similar to a 50-metre superyacht. The main deck is dedicated to cabins for the owner and guests, while the living area starts on the upper deck. The lower deck, on the other hand, is reserved exclusively for the crew and captain.
To ensure greater privacy and comfort on board, decks are connected by two separated stairs, one for the owner and guests and one for the crew. Other models with the same philosophy will follow.
Amidships, there is a surprisingly large captain suite, a huge galley, a laundry and a cold room. From the central foyer, the layout leads to the living area of the upper deck, while a second stair leads down below to a space that can be fitted out as a fully appointed gym or add a sixth guest cabin.
The deck can be reached from both the garage and service stairs (with dumbwaiter) that connects all the decks. The crew can easily move and work without ever meeting the owner and his guests because they have separate routes.
The main deck provides the night area for the owner and guests. The full-beam owner’s suite is in the bow on the main deck. The two stern suites and the owner’s suite can be fitted with a private terrace.
On the main deck, at the stern, there is also a much bigger garage than usual, with space for water toys: two jet skis and two tenders (6.5 and 4.2 metres, for the owner and crew respectively), 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 a sauna and toy room to store more equipment.
The E-Mode powered by Siemens, specially designed for the Azimut Benetti Group, comes from the idea of offering a hybrid propulsion system that is simple to use and sees a reduction of the consumption during the whole life cycle of the yacht.
The diesel-electric propulsion system from Siemens – the SISHIP EcoProp developed in Italy by the Siemens Marine Global Competence Centre – allows operation in four different configurations.
There is 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); and Eco Transfer (for navigation with only one engine driving both shafts to reduce engine hours and improve performance).
The yacht allows direct access from the dock to a little middle deck that is the hallway where a huge stair leads 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. Moving forward and inside, there is the main saloon and a second dining area that is connected to the exterior bow lounge by sliding doors.
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 hardtop, plus a roomy sunbathing area.
Like a true expedition yacht, B.Yond 37M is designed for long-distance cruises and has a strong hull.
More storage space than usual is provided and the water tanks are larger to accommodate longer cruises without the need to land. In addition, fuel and water tanks are capable of storing 70,000 and 6,000 litres respectively. The range at cruising speed is in excess of 5,000 nautical miles.