Some long-range cruisers are more comfortable with metal hulls than fiberglass ones. The just-launched Benetti B.Yond 37M Voyager banks on that. The first in a sub-500-gross-ton, steel-hulled series, she’s a past-meets-present combination.
A four-deck yacht, she harkens back to what the shipyard did in the 1950s, switching to aluminum superstructures and steel hulls (from wood). Simultaneously, though, the 121-foot (36.9-meter) Benetti B.Yond 37M Voyager takes a step forward. She has an SCR system along with a hybrid-propulsion system, the latter developed with Siemens Energy. SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) is an emissions-control system that injects a special agent into a diesel engine’s exhaust stream. That agent helps convert harmful nitrogen oxides primarily into nitrogen and water. Those, in turn, expel from the yacht without issue. The Siemens system, meanwhile, offers four operating modes, including fully electric. Its battery bank can power the hotel load for eight hours at anchor during daytime and 12 hours at night, according to Benetti. Furthermore, charging takes just three hours.
Overall, the shipyard estimates that the Benetti B.Yond 37M Voyager may reduce fuel burn and carbon-dioxide emissions by up to 24 percent over 1,000 hours of usage. Additionally, within those same hours, it estimates the SCR system reducing nitrogen oxides by up to 85 percent. For more perspective, Eco Transfer mode, employing just one diesel and no gensets, is notable. This should see 16 percent lower fuel burn and carbon dioxide emissions than traditional twin diesel usage. Nitrogen oxide emissions should be 80 percent less, too. Range-wise, the Eco Transfer mode translates to 8,200 nautical miles at 9 knots.
Of course, clients want to know about creature comforts. The Benetti B.Yond 37M Voyager has, for instance, a panoramic lounge, a.k.a. the Playroom, below decks. All four guest suites lay off of it. The master suite, meanwhile, is on the bridge deck on hull number one. Dining can take place on the sundeck, where a handy pantry also sits. Wine service can come straight from a walk-in wine cellar and cold room in the crew area below as well.
Future hull buyers can opt for a main-deck master instead, if they so wish. This allows the bridge deck to have a panoramic lounge. They can also have a sixth guest stateroom below in place of the gym. Finally, since the captain can choose between two double cabins, one could ultimately be a seventh guest stateroom. The two rooms are aft of the wheelhouse and adjacent to the crew’s quarters.