Our regular readers remember the prehistory of how, without wanting to rest on the laurels of the world's leading sailing boat builder and one of the best boat manufacturers in Europe, the group Beneteau ...is going to be a major player in the full-size yacht market. The head of the project, named Monte Carlo Yachts, was Carla Demariah, who used to be the brand's director. Atlantis in a group Azimut-Benetti. All formalities ended in 2006 and the new brand was formed in the heart of European yachting life - Italy. In the city of Montalcone, on the Adriatic coast, a new yard was built... ...and a new adventure began.
Although the brand is inspired in Italy, its management is well aware that in order to succeed it must attract customers from all over the world. Carla Demaria was given serious resources to do this, and she decided to involve a design studio... Nuvolari & Lenardthat needs no introduction.
In the process of creating the new boat, the technological developments of Monte Carlo colleagues from the "sailing" department of Beneteau were also used. This is particularly noticeable during the construction process, when the hull, superstructure, bulkheads and furniture of the new boat are created at the same time, which reduces construction time by 30 to 40 percent. The 76-foot boat was built in just 9 months - a great result!
The first noticeable element that catches the eye is the high nose of the boat, which later turned out to hide a full-size open salon with tables and sofas "in the Roman style" - with cushions instead of backs. A great place to relax at anchor or to hide from the gaze of a yawn at aft mooring in the marina. On the other end of the main deck, in the saloon, the handwriting of Nuvolari & Lenard can be seen again in the floor-to-ceiling height sliding doors that facilitate entry and give the interior a feeling of space and light.
The main salon welcomes guests with a dining area for eight. Another original touch is the chic glass worktop, which must be removed and attached to the floor on the move to avoid damage. Quite an unexpected operation. Closer to the nose is a horseshoe sofa with small tables and banquets. On the starboard side opposite the dining area there are places for storing dishes, and opposite the sofa there is a flat TV, which comes on command from the remote control. The whole interior is generously flooded with sunlight thanks to windows that start from the middle of the wall height, and in the evening a wide range of lighting options are provided by LEDs built into the ceiling.
The control station is not separated from the main salon, but visually does not intrude into the guest space. There is a double chair in front of the steering wheel, which for some reason has no armrest on the right side. In this case it is not only a question of comfort, but also of safety, because now there is an empty space above the stairs, which leads to the cabins. The Monte Carlo shipyard is now working on a solution to this problem.
The vast interior of the boat can be accessed via two separate staircases. One provides access to the main galley and crew berths, while the other leads to the owner's suite and guest cabins. Owner Monte Carlo 76 will definitely appreciate the space that the boat's creators took for him. Its dimensions correspond to the boat's status, and the finish indicates a good taste of the designer. The large bed with bedside tables is turned diagonally to starboard and topped with a decorative panel with integrated concealed lighting. The cabin is illuminated through four round windows on each side. On the port side of the room there is a bathroom, which is adjoined by a spacious dressing room.
VIP guests have to settle for only cabinets and drawers, but their cabin, located in the bow, still remains a very pleasant place, though not so spacious. The yacht also has two guest cabins with two separate beds, each with a separate shower. With eight berths, the MCY 76 will clearly be the star of the charter market. Another welcoming area on the boat is the spacious overhead bridge with control station, where up to 12 people can comfortably relax and enjoy themselves both on the move and in the berth. At the rear of the bridge, a 3.85 metre long tender can be placed.
The Monte Carlo 76 is powered by the latest generation of 1400 hp MAN engines and straight shaft screws. At a top speed of 31.8 knots, we found that the boat runs steadily and very quietly, demonstrating excellent noise insulation of the engine room. At a cruising speed of 24 knots, it has a range of about 260 miles. The first hull of the Monte Carlo 76 can by no means be called a "prototype" or "pre-production", despite its record high construction speed. This is a fully completed, superbly crafted yacht that will be a success.
Published in YACHTS magazine #35.