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The shallow steps alongside the helm lead down to a vestibule that also forms the galley and there is very generous space down here. The galley has been kept simple, with just a two ring hob, a double sink and a large fridge freezer. A microwave oven is hidden in one of the upper lockers so this galley is more for casual cooking than serious meal preparation.

Forward from the vestibule/galley is the VIP cabin with the bed fitting snugly into the V of the bow. This cabin has an ensuite bathroom that is shared by the twin cabin that is located to port and also serves as the day head. This twin looks very inviting and comfortable, and like the rest of the accommodation it is finished in a light oak that is both restful and smart.

Thanks to the compact engine compartment the master cabin is well aft rather than amidships but it is very much a full width compartment with large windows on either side that seem to enhance the space. The double bed is huge and occupies much of the deck space but there is room for a chaise longue under the port window where you can relax in peace and watch the world go by. The limitations of the head room are found in the reduced height over much of this cabin with full headroom only available on the port side. The ensuite bathroom for the master is at a higher level, also on the port side.

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The two Volvo Penta diesels each produce 435 horsepower. Going through the IPS Drives gives lively acceleration, but what for many might be a less-than-thrilling top speed of just over 30 knots. In terms of excitement, this might be limiting but in terms of economic operation this meets modern standards. Certainly, there is enough performance to allow cruising at a steady 25 knots, and at this speed the 47 Fly performs very comfortably in lively seas.

The 47 Fly performed very well in the three-foot waves we experienced on the sea trial and as long as the speed was set according to the conditions, you felt that the boat could handle considerable larger waves in safety. Running before the waves, there was enough buoyancy in the bow to keep it going smoothly, even at lower speeds with the bow lifting quickly to the changing seas. At low speeds, manoeuvrability was everything that we have come to expect of the IPS Drives with their ‘point and go’ joystick control.

This flybridge version of the 47 has certainly challenged the designers to squeeze in all the requirements for a six-berth cruiser into a compact hull. In most respects, they have done a great job and the only thing that seems to have suffered slightly is the looks. Of course, appearance is a matter for personal taste but for those looking for a sleek low sports cruiser, the 47 might disappoint. There are also a few practical aspects of the design that need tidying up, but at the end of the day, you get a lot of boat for your buck.

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Technical Specifications – Monte Carlo N47 Fly

Length overall                                     14.80m

Hull length                                          14.22m

Beam                                                     4.37m

Draft                                                     1.1m

Displacement light                              12,250 kg

Fuel capacity                                       1300l

Water capacity                                      640l

Engines                                               2 x 435 Volvo Penta diesels

Propulsion                                           IPS Drives

Construction                                       Composites

Design                                                 In house

Builder                                                            Beneteau

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