Monte Carlo 76
The new 76-footer from Monte Carlo Yachts offers intriguing bow seating design and spacious cabins in a package with solid performance
Monte Carlo Yachts is the new kid on the block; a new Italian builder, with this 76-footer being their first yacht is what is planned as a range of new and exciting designs. MCY may be new but their pedigree is excellent, with the parent company being the French Beneteau Group, their designers being Nuvolari and Lenard, their craftsmen being Italian and the CEO being the very experienced Carla Demaria. Because they were entering a crowded market place, they had to offer a design that was not only better but one that was competitive on price.
This yacht fits into a slot that has been left vacant by most of the larger yacht builders. A 76-footer is a shade smaller than many potential competitors, and the MCY 76 comes in a package that could suit an owner who wants to drive and manage a yacht on his own. However, it also has crew cabins so that the option of a yacht where owners and guests simply relax is there. The MCY 76 has tried to find a gap in the market for a very stylish motor yacht that offers excellent value for money, and which performs well and looks great. It may be the new kid on the block, but the design and concept of this new yacht is one that will make other builders sit up and take notice.
Lightening the load
What you can’t see about this new yacht is the advanced construction methods that help to keep the price down. These also reduce the weight, so that it can operate more efficiently. The MCY 76 weighs some five tonnes less than what you might expect from a competing design, which of course helps performance, with over 30 knots coming up in lively sea conditions and a heavy load of fuel and people on-board. At lower speeds, this yacht offers economical performance for longer range cruising, which could be attractive to owners who want to feel that they are doing their bit to save the planet.
The hull design developed by Nuvolari and Lenard features a 15-degree deadrise matched to a full hull shape to maximise internal volume. It performed well in the moderate waves that we experienced during our test. Out at sea, there is a fair amount of hull noise created by wave impact, and the V-drive gearbox generates a considerable whine, so this is not the most relaxing boat at sea but future models are likely to see more sound proofing. The handling was precise when operating both into head seas and when running down wind and you felt that this yacht could cope with most of the conditions that you were likely to find on an extended cruise.
One of the innovations on the MCY 76 is the introduction of a Portuguese Bridge, surely the first time that this has been installed on a planing boat. Walk along the side decks and when you reach the wheelhouse, the passageways curve inwards around the front of the wheelhouse to meet on the centreline where the two sides join to form a central deck passage leading into the fabulous forward sitting out and sunbed area. This is a huge area of seating and sunbeds that makes maximum use of the available space and is one of the best seen on any yacht.
A well in the bow allows the mooring lines to be easily handled at waist level whilst aft the mooring fittings are hidden below covers but are still easy to use. However some of the mooring fittings do have sharp edges and these could cause chafe on the mooring ropes in a marina or mooring where there was some movement in the water.
The aft cockpit has almost as much seating as that found forward but here the layout is more formal with a table and transom settee plus chairs and corner settees making enough seating for a big party. The saloon doors to completely fold away in concertina fashion to allow a full-width opening from the cockpit into the saloon, making this a truly open air yacht when the weather is fine.
Venturing below decks
Close the doors and the saloon becomes a more intimate place, with the dining table aft and the lounge area forward. The saloon is warm and welcoming, but it has a confusion of textures that make it seem smaller than it really is. A bleached teak with a prominent horizontal grain is the main feature and this gives a dramatic impact. This is matched to areas of leather tiling on the deck, leather on the tops with dark edging and light coloured fabrics that seem clash rather than match. A more coordinated style might create a more relaxed atmosphere, but buyers can customise the interiors to a certain extent.
In the starboard aft corner, stairs lead down to the galley and then onward to the crew quarters. The galley is compact but well-equipped, and while this lower deck location for the galley is becoming more popular on yachts, it is not the most convenient arrangement for serving food.
A second stairway forward on the starboard side leads down to the accommodation where there is the usual four-cabin layout. The master suite is amidships, and with the focus on its angled bed, it offers a wonderful and very generous space, taking up nearly half of the accommodation area. In addition to the bed, there is a corner settee and the large double round windows that are a style feature on both the inside and outside, give plenty of natural light. The bathroom with its mosaic panelled shower unit occupies all of the port side of the cabin and there is a walk-in closet plus a small settee.
The VIP cabin in the bow follows the same style but on a smaller scale, while the two twin cabins are compact but look comfortable. All of the cabins have ensuite bathrooms and the furnishings and fabrics in the accommodation combine to offer a more relaxing style but there is still a wide variety of textures including what looks like a woven basket work surface with a metallic finish.
The helm station at main deck level has all the requirements for the safe navigation and monitoring of the yacht systems on the two main display screens. In contrast to many motor yacht designs, the windscreen on the 76 has only thin supporting pillars to allow a clear view ahead. This demonstrates that it is possible to give the captain a largely unobstructed view of what is going on outside although on this prototype there is some distortion in the curved sections of the windscreen glass at the sides.
There are no such constraints on the flybridge where a dark coloured fixed Bimini dominates the design and gives the 76 an aggressive style. The aft end of this Bimini is supported by the complex central mast structure and a large centre section of the Bimini can be opened up to the sun by operating a retracting canvas section. A low reverse angle windscreen around the front end does not offer a great deal of wind protection and when sitting at the two-seater helm seat the top bar of this windscreen is right at eye level. Otherwise the flybridge is equipped with all the usual features such as a dining table, settees, sunbeds and a bar and barbecue counter.
The engine room has the twin MAN diesels installed so that they drive forward to V-drive gearboxes, and then back to the shafts and propellers. With 2800 horsepower on tap, there is plenty of power for performance here, and in the lively conditions prevailing on the sea trial, the 76 powered up to 32 knots with a full load on-board. The throttle response was good and the steering light and positive.
Joystick control comes as standard and this makes manoeuvring is harbour simple and sure. With its high profile, the 76 could be challenged by strong winds when berthing, but the joystick made light work of this with the assistance of both bow and stern thrusters.
The 76 seems to be happy operating at mid-range speeds, which are suitable for a longer range, more relaxed style of cruising. At 18 knots, the engines are burning around 250 litres of fuel every hour. This fuel consumption more than doubles at full speed so you can enjoy short bursts of speed but operate economically over longer ranges.
There are many exciting and innovative features on this new design from this new builder. The styling is sharp and aggressive, and the performance more than adequate whilst the wide choice of outside relaxing areas exceeds that of any other yacht in this size category. This new builder has set out to bring a different approach to the motor yacht market and they have certainly achieved this but my feeling is that it could be improved even more by introducing a more relaxed interior design on future versions to make this a welcome addition to the market.
Technical Specifications – Monte Carlo 76
Length overall 23.05 m
Beam 5.65 m
Draft 1.59 m
Displacement light 45.5 tn
Fuel capacity 4000 l
Water capacity 1000 l
Engines 2 x 1400 hp MAN diesels
Propulsion V-drive to shafts and propellers
Design Nuvolari and Lenard
Builder Monte Carlo Yachts