While fiberglass dominates the megayacht market beneath the 500-gross-ton mark and corresponding LOAs, Benetti believes metal still holds appeal. In fact, it believes so-called small superyachts pursuing long-range cruising beyond the norm call for steel hulls and aluminum superstructures. The Benetti B.Yond series, whose first model is the B.Yond 37M, targets like-minded yacht owners. It does so with more volume and more decks than expected, plus hybrid propulsion.
The 119’8” (36.5-meter) B.Yond 37M, with a beam of 28’2” (8.6 meters), boasts a big volume of 395 gross tons. Fulfilling the long-range goal, the megayacht should exceed 5,000 nautical miles at 10 knots. The twin MANs should permit a top speed of 14 knots as well, fed by nearly 18,500 gallons (70,000 liters) of fuel. On a related subject, the yacht employs a diesel-electric propulsion system. Specifically, it’s the Siemens SISHIP EcoProp system. Developed several years ago and proven in commercial applications, it offers four propulsion modes, for efficiency in different situations.
For instance, Eco Cruise mode is ideal for when the yacht is at anchor, relying solely on batteries and therefore producing no emissions. Eco Transfer, meanwhile, allows one engine to drive both propellers, saving the second powerplant’s operating hours. When the Benetti B.Yond is undertaking long voyages, Extended Range mode applies. Finally, nighttime or coastal cruising without emissions calls for Enhanced Comfort mode.
Regardless of operating mode, the Benetti B.Yond deck design reserves specific spaces for specific purposes. The entire lower deck is for the crew and captain exclusively. Their cabins, the galley (with a dumbwaiter), stowage, and technical areas are down here. The deck is accessible via a crew-only stairway plus the tender garage.
Guest and owner staterooms spread across the main deck. The B.Yond 37M features four guest staterooms, with the master suite fully forward. Should you so wish, you can request a balcony in your suite, and even in the two aft staterooms. To preserve the main deck for sleeping, the primary saloon sits just aft of the wheelhouse, up one level, as does the dining area. Yet another deck, the sundeck, includes a second dining area, along with the sunpads we’ve come to expect.
Of course, the Benetti B.Yond series offers flexible arrangements. For example, you can add a sixth guest stateroom or a gym below decks. In addition, because the main aft deck is terraced, toys stow just forward of the landing from the stairway leading to the upper deck. Fold-down gunwales allow the crew to launch the toys and therefore clear the deck area for alfresco enjoyment. This is in addition to the dedicated beach club, below.
Further Benetti B.Yond models are in development.