In the 1990s, Benetti was the first shipyard to use fibreglass to build Navettes over 30 meters long; today it is the first major player in the industry to return to steel, which it has imprinted in its DNA, breathing life into the new generation of Expedition designed in the Benetti tradition. What DNA features can we expect to see on the new B.Yond project?
● A brand-new layout designed to aim a strict separation of the decks’ functions: Lower Deck for the crew; Main Deck for the Owner and his guests; Upper Deck dedicated to the living area.
● Enclosed volumes similar to those of a 500 GT megayacht, in only 37 meters, spread across 4 decks
● Reduced environmental impact for improved comfort during navigation with the hybrid propulsion SISHIP EcoProp by Siemens.
● Open design for better views and closer contact with the sea.
Benetti’s B.YOND, whose name comes from the charm and innovation that shy away from common categories, is the outcome of a radical rationalisation of onboard volumes and settings, 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, elegant 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 from which there are unparalleled panoramic views of the sea.
The first model is B.Yond 37M, which has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, a beam of 8.6 meters and enclosed volumes similar to a 50-meter megayacht of almost 500 tonnes. 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 onboard, decks are connected by two separated stairs, one for the Owner and his guests and one for the crew. Other models with the same philosophy will follow. The project B.Yond 37M aims to offer an unprecedented level of rationalisation of onboard volumes thanks to the strict separation of the functions of each deck. The Lower Deck is reserved for technical and service rooms, and to the 4 cabins for 6 people for the crew, all with private bathroom. Amidships there is 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 (with dumbwaiter) connecting all the decks. The crew can easily move and work without ever meeting the Owner and his guests because they have separated route.
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 where also the 4 guests cabins are designed according to the highest standards that are prerogative of a top luxury hotel: vertical walls, large spaces, silence and sea view. The two stern suites and the Owner’s one can be fitted with a private terrace. 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 ad a sixth guests’ cabin. On the Main Deck, at the stern, there is also a much bigger garage than usual, with space for water toys: 2 jet skis and 2 tenders (6.5 and 4.2 meters, 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 sauna and a toy room to provide more equipment storage. The E-Mode powered by Siemens, specially designed for the Azimut|Benetti Group, comes from the idea to offer a hybrid propulsion simple to use, addressed to a wider target and leading of an effective reduction of the consumption during the whole life cycle of the yacht. System integration is at the highest level, with the entire supply produced by the world’s top electrical equipment player.
The diesel-electric propulsion system from Siemens, SISHIP EcoProp developed in Italy by the Siemens Marine Global Competence Centre, allows to operate 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 desire expressed by owners to enjoy to the full the natural environment and seascapes around their yacht has inspired Benetti to build a boat with exterior lines that testify to the model’s innovative spirit. 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. The living area develops on this deck, from stern to bow, and ensures that the horizon is never out of sight. From the stern, a first outdoor dining area complete with lateral protection is furnished with comfortable sofas and chairs, while moving forward and inside, there are the Main Saloon and a second dining area connected with sliding doors with 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 hardtop, plus a roomy sunbathing area. Like a true expedition yacht, B.Yond 37M is designed for long-distance cruises and has a hull that dominates the waves. More storage space than usual is provided, and the water tanks are larger, for longer cruises without the need to land. In addition, fuel and water tank capable of storing respectively 70,000 and 6,000 litres. The range at cruising speed is in excess of 5,000 nm.