Benetti B.YOND: New Horizons
In the 1990s, the Italian shipyard Benetti was the first to use fiberglass to build yachts over 30 meters long. Today the major player in the yacht industry is returning to steel, offering the new generation of Expedition yachts B.YOND.
The first model is B.Yond 37M with steel hull and aluminium superstructure and enclosed volumes similar to a 50-meter megayacht of almost 500 register tonnes.
A brand new approach is used in planning the layout to aim a strict separation of the decks’s functions: the lower deck is reserved for the crew, the main deck is dedicated to cabins for the Owner and guests, while the upper deck is designed for leisure and entertainment. To ensure greater privacy and comfort on board, decks are connected by two separated stairs, one for the Owner and his guests and one for the crew. Other models of B.YOND series constructed likewise will follow.
B.Yond 37M aims at offering an unprecedented level of rationalization. The Lower Deck is reserved for technical and service rooms only, and to the 4 cabins for 6 crew (each with private bathroom), a huge galley, a laundry and a cold room. The deck can be reached from both the garage and service stairs, so the crew can easily move without ever meeting the Owner and his guests.
The Master suite and 4 guests cabins are located in the bow on the main deck, all of them are designed according to the standards that are prerogative of top hotels: large spaces, sea panoramic view and total silence. The Master suite and the two stern suites 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 gym or a sixth guests’ cabin.
B.YOND 37 has a much bigger garage for the yacht of her size: 2 tenders (6.5 and 4.2 meters), 2 jet skis and many other water toys can be stored here. This “fleet” can be launched not only from the stern, but from both sides thanks to folding gunwales.
Apart from incredible comfort, B.YOND 37 is environmentally friendly. The yacht is equipped with the E-Mode system powered by Siemens, specially designed for the Azimut / Benetti Group. The system allows to operate in four different configurations: Enhanced Comfort, ideal for night and coastal cruising with no emissions; Eco Cruise/hotel mode, for cruising or at anchor; Extended Range, for long trips with minimum fuel consumption; and Eco Transfer, for navigation with only one engine driving both shafts to reduce engine hours.