Published: Monday, 29 July 2013
Mike Fulton

The weekend of 20 July saw the world première of the first Monte Carlo Yachts 86 in Monaco. The yacht was revealed to the press and a selection of guests during a gala dinner. Designers Carlo Nuvolari and Dan Lenard were also in attendance at the unveiling.

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Monte Carlo Yachts (MCY), part of Bénéteau Group, began as a team of just 20 but will have grown to 280 employess and an expected annual turnover in excess of €48 million by early 2014. The MCY 86 is the new flagship of the fleet, joining the already popular MCY 65, 70 and 76 models, all designed by Nuvolari-Lenard.

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This 26.3-metre (86-foot) composite motoryacht offers more volume and a higher levels of customization than her little sisters. Designed as a real mini-superyacht, she follows the exterior styling and interior concepts already developed for the range, making her immediately recognisable as an MCY yacht.

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“In every MCY thrives the DNA of a larger yacht and that concept is most beautifully expressed in this MCY 86,’ said Federico Peruccio of Monte Carlo Yachts. “Immediately recognisable touches of MCY design include the bow lounge area, the Portuguese bridge leading to the lounge, the carbon T-Top on the flybridge and the stunning glass-and-steel rails that protect the walkways along the side. Other elements, that you might normally expect to see on yachts over thirty metres include decks that open up to the dining area, two masts fitted laterally on the fly to free up even more useable space and the option of positioning tenders and two jet skis in the garage and on the stern platform.’

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The MCY 86 boasts a 6.46-metre beam giving generous volumes to the exterior areas all the way from the aft deck to the sun deck and her smartly arranged lounge foredeck. Large windows and portholes bring in natural light to the whole vessel including the crew’s quarters. The aft area is fully sheltered by the extended flybridge and offers guests a larger surface typical of much larger yachts.

Famous French and Italian furniture from Hermès, Armani and Poltrona Frau make up the contemporary interior designed by Nuvolari-Lenard and can be entirely customized to the owner’s desires. Multiple layouts are possible for all decks accommodating six to 10 guests in three- to five-cabin versions. The four-cabin version was chosen on the MCY 86’s first hull, offering a layout with a separate owner’s area including a full-beam master and a twin, both amidships, and a guest area aft including a VIP and a twin. Both twin cabins are convertible into double berths, and Pullman beds are possible, thereby allowing up to 12 guests on board, and making her an ideal candidate as a pocket superyacht on the charter market.

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The crew quarters are independent with a separate access, leaving 80 per cent of the yacht to the owner and guests. Set forward, they are composed of the galley, a lounge and two cabins accommodating three members.

Powered by twin 1,342kW MAN engines, the MCY 86 achieves a top speed of 29 knots and a cruising speed of 24 knots. The engine room offers generous volumes and easy access to all equipment. Engine room space can be increased if the owner chooses to forgo the stern garage option and store tenders on the hydraulic stern platform.

Her high level of customisation offers many options such as side balconies, a carbon-fibre hard top, a Jacuzzi on the sun deck, Seakeeper stabilisers and a stern tender garage. This first MCY 86 has all of them, giving one a good idea of the high standards offered by the Italian yard.

The first MCY 86 is ready for delivery. She will make her official debut at the Cannes Boat Show this September alongside the MCY 76, MCY 70 and MCY 65 and the yard has also confirmed that two other hulls are currently under construction and larger projects are already on the drawing board.