Italian shipyard Benetti has added a “groundbreaking” new model to its fleet with the launch of the 37 metre Benetti B.Yond. Billed as “the greenest model in its class”, the new model hit the water in a private ceremony in Livorno this evening (July 4).
The B.Yond model was conceived by Paolo Vitelli, founder and president of the Azimut Benetti Group, with the creative input from architect Stefano Righini, who sadly died in October 2021. Built with a steel hull for comfortable, long-range cruising, the yacht marks a new chapter for Benetti as the first model in its Voyager series.
Speaking about the launch, Vitelli said he envisioned the B.Yond to break records. “I am happy to present one of the most innovative boats ever built,” he said. “Equipped with a hybrid system for long-range, environment-friendly cruising and featuring a four-deck layout in a length of just 37 metres, this is a dream come true for modern owners who want to cruise around the world with their family and friends.”
The 395GT yacht features an innovative E-Mode Hybrid system by Siemens Energy, which creates optimal energy consumption according to specific usage profiles. The result is “unprecedented” reductions in emissions for a yacht in this category, which works in combination with SCR filters, a type of emission control technology that has already been successfully adopted by the automotive industry.
According to Benetti, the technology is simple to handle and offers four different operating modes, including zero-emission cruising in full-electric mode and zero-emission anchoring in hotel mode. The batteries provide up to eight hours of autonomy during the day and 12 hours at night, and can be recharged in just three hours.
This technology ensures that “consumption and CO2 can be reduced by up to 24% and NOx by a maximum of 85%”, while also providing a marked improvement in onboard noise and vibrations.
With its four-deck design, the B.Yond offers elevated views and a number of stand-out features not usually found on a boat of this size, including a walk-in wine cellar and a dedicated owner’s apartment on the bridge deck. There are also separate crew and guest passageways to ensure a seamless flow throughout the superyacht.
Accommodation is offered in five cabins, with the aforementioned owner’s cabin and a further four cabins on the main deck. The four cabins are accessed via a unique central lounge which Benetti has dubbed “The Playroom”. If owners choose, they can swap out the lower deck gym for a sixth cabin and split the captain’s cabin into two separate spaces to add a seventh cabin. There is also the option of switching the owner’s cabin into a panoramic veranda.
Interior design comes Benetti architect Mauro Izzo, and offers plenty of scope for customisation. Styling comes from leading contemporary design brand Giorgetti, and the first B.Yond model features “a palette of natural colours” which are complemented by blue and white accents inspired by the shades of the ocean.
The yacht will have a range of 5,000 nautical miles at ten knots and will be able to reach top speeds of 14 knots.