Monte Carlo Yachts 65
The sophomoric follow up to the highly successful Monte Carlo 76 shows that the firm has built on its success to develop an even more compelling yacht – suited even for owner-operators.
When Monte Carlo Yachts introduced their first model, it hit the market like a breath of fresh air. It brought new thinking to a market sector that seemed to have got stuck in a rut, even though some of the design features on the MCY 76 appeared to be a bit extreme. Now with the introduction of the smaller sister to the 76, Monte Carlo Yachts seem to have hit the spot perfectly. The styling is great, the quality is good and there are many good practical features. It all adds up to a welcome new design in a popular size range.
Based on a deep vee hull with a 15-degree deadrise, this yacht has all the characteristics of a good performance at sea. There is a unique double chine that should help to soften the ride in waves and a flare to the bow that helps to deflect water away and to give a dry ride. The top speed is a respectable 30 knots, but that will be adequate for most days on a cruising yacht and also offer useful fuel economy. The power comes from a pair of MAN diesels, with each one producing 1000 horsepower and driving through a conventional shaft and propeller system so in terms of hull and machinery, the 65 follows convention to create a reliable and tested solution.
It is when you explore above the waterline that the excitement starts: The reverse sheer line has a wonderful sweep; the hull is notably smooth and rounded; the topsides merge into the transom in a delightful curve. The saloon and wheelhouse windows follow a clean curving line with not visible break from forward to aft and the superstructure is topped by a large fixed Bimini in black that dominates the style. Every line makes the 65 one of the most exciting looking designs on the market today.
As soon as you step onto the passerelle there is re-assurance. This is one of the most stable passerelles seen on a yacht for a long time which, combined with a secure handrail, makes boarding and going ashore a pleasure. In the cockpit, you are embraced with teak on the deck and the table, which gives a welcoming feel. The saloon doors are hinged rather than sliding, which makes them easier to handle at sea.
The designers have reversed the conventional interior layout by locating the galley at the aft end of the saloon. The arrangement makes a lot of sense because the outer serving counter of the galley makes the perfect serving area for the table in the cockpit and can also serve as a bar counter. Adjacent to the galley is the fold-out dining table on the starboard side. So for both this table and the cockpit table, food service is just a step away. The galley itself is of very high quality with a sensible range of quality appliances, good stowages and even the counters having a stitched leather edge. Not only does this look, but given the prominent position of the galley, it also has the practical benefit of acting as a raised edge to stop dishes sliding if the yacht rolls.
This grey leather is a feature of the décor throughout the yacht and it is found in panelled form on the doors and the furniture. It is matched to subdued fabrics and furnishings so that the interior has a refined and warm look in contrast to many of the minimalist interiors found on competing yachts. The lounge area of the saloon is in the forward end and it features a large and inviting corner settee with a sideboard opposite and a commanding outside view. The TV located just forward of the dining table has a very clever support arrangement that allows it to be swivelled to provide a choice of viewing locations – it can even be seen from outside in the cockpit.
The open plan design of the saloon has the wheelhouse occupying the starboard forward corner of the space. There is an ingenious three-position helm seat, although this is the only seat with a forward facing view. The windscreen pillars are commendably narrow showing the good visibility can be achieved from the helm, a point that many designers appear to miss. There are the usual twin large navigation displays plus the smaller engine monitoring displays and the controls, all located for easy use. The 65 can be fitted with an optional joystick control system that combines the thrust from the bow and stern thrusters and the propellers to enable the yacht to be moved in precisely the direction required when berthing.
A useful feature of the wheelhouse is an outside door close alongside the helm, which leads out to a low Portuguese Bridge which in turn leads to port and starboard sunbeds that can be converted into a sitting-out area. Monte Carlo Yachts call this area the “forward lounge” and it is certainly a wonderful relaxing area. Forward of this is a well which allows the anchor and moorings to be handled in safety without the need for guard rails.
Down below there is the usual three-cabin layout, with the VIP forward and the full-width master amidships. The 65 has unique side windows in the master cabin comprising four portholes where the circles of the ports overlap, a great design feature as well as providing a great view outside. The bathroom is finished in black marble and features twin rectangular basins that must be difficult to clean. Matching mosaic tiling is used around the shower and the basins while the bathrooms for the other cabins are in a more conservative style.
The flybridge is a design masterpiece, with easy access from a ladder aft. Here, the full area apart from the helm is given over to pleasure, with dining tables and sunbeds plus a barbecue counter just aft of the Bimini supporting mast. The Bimini offers protection to the whole forward area, and there is a large canvas insert section that can be opened up to the sun, while another awning aft offers shelter when required. The flybridge is small by modern standards, but everything you need for fun in the sun is here. The helm position on the starboard side offers great views forward.
In the engine compartment, there is none of the hemmed in look so often found on modern yachts. There is good access all round the engines, even with the fuel tanks occupying space at the sides. Access to the engine room is via a transom door and this first of all leads into the auxiliary space before the main engine room. The two engines drive through a conventional shaft and propeller system.
A twin bunk crew cabin is built into the port aft corner of this aft area with access from the transom door. A yacht of this size is often owner-driven, so that the crew cabin might not be required. It could be used as a kids’ cabin or provide useful storage space.
The tender is stowed on the swim platform, which features a lifting section for easy launch and recovery. In this way, the tender does not intrude on the internal space of the yacht, which accounts for why this 65 footer appears to be a lot larger than it really is.
The Monte Carlo Yachts 65 is an inspired design offering great styling combined with good performance, particularly in waves. The Humphree interceptors are used to adjust the trim and they can be fitted with an automatic control to help the performance in waves. The interiors are subtle and cohesive – if Monte Carlo Yachts keep up this design performance, this company will continue to enhance the luxury yachting scene with some fresh and exciting ideas.
Technical Specifications – Monte Carlo Yachts 65
LOA: 19.68 m
Beam: 5.2 m
Draught (full load): 1.32 m
Displacement (full load): 33 tns
Fuel capacity: 3500 lts
Water capacity: 750 lts
Engines: 2 x MAN V8 diesels
Propulsion: Shafts and propellers
Maximum speed (half load): 31 knots
Cruising speed (half load): 26 knots
Construction: Vinylester resin, carbon fibre, Kevlar
Naval architecture: Monte Carlo Yachts
Exterior and interior design: Nuvolar-Lenard
Design category: CE-A