Benetti Yachts in Italy has introduced a new range of expedition yachts called B.Yond. The first model is the B.Yond 37M, a 119-foot-9-inch motoryacht with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure.
The B.Yond concept includes a strict separation of deck functions, with crew on the lower deck, guest accommodations on the main deck, and living spaces on the upper deck. The concept also is intended to reduce the environmental impact of cruising, with a hybrid propulsion system that Siemens designed for Benetti.
The lower deck has quarters for seven crew, along with a galley, a laundry room and a cold-stowage space. Crew can access this deck from the yacht’s garage or the service stairs that connect all the decks, and that include a dumbwaiter. Owners and guests have different stairways to move around the yacht.
On the main deck, the full-beam owner’s stateroom is at the bow. All the guest accommodations have sea views, and the two stern staterooms, as well as the owner’s stateroom, can be fitted with private terraces. The sixth guest stateroom can become a gymnasium.
The garage is oversized to accommodate tenders and toys for expedition cruising. Benetti says the space can handle two personal watercraft along with two tenders of about 13 and 21 feet length overall. Folding gunwales allow hauling and launching from both sides of the mothership, and stairs at the stern access a sauna, toy room, and more equipment stowage.
How does the diesel-electric propulsion system work? It operates in four modes. Enhanced Comfort is for night or coastal cruising with no emissions; Eco Cruise is for use at anchor with no emissions; Extended Range reduces consumptions on long hauls; and Eco Transfer lets one engine drive both shafts to reduce engine hours and improve performance.
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