Monte Carlo Yachts’ first launch...

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Monte Carlo Yachts’ first launch...

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Groupe Bénéteau’s start-up Italian motoryacht division revealed the first MCY76 in Venice, Italy, on Friday.

JULY 2010

This stunning 23m (75ft 7in) flybridge motoryacht was styled inside and out by Venice-based Nuvolari & Lenard, one of the world’s most successful superyacht design studios. The hull design and naval architecture was the responsibility of Slovenia-based company Seaway, whose high-tech Italian production facility in Monfalcone, near Trieste, is shared by Monte Carlo Yachts.
Various aspects of this project make the MCY76 really stand out. The combination of ‘terrace on the foredeck’ and Portuguese bridge give her a unique character in this segment of the market. The ability to walkaround in front of the bridge windows is usually the stuff of trawler yachts and explorers than planing flybridge designs. The navetta-style buttresses at the aft end of the superstructure – note the tinted-glass panels in them – and the chunky radar mast are key features. Also striking is the optional carbonfibre T-Top.
And there are plenty more options with this model. The first hull has a flybridge and optional carbonfibre T-Top, but there are also hardtop and sports-fly versions available.
And the interior can be specified with three or four cabins/ensuites and with galley up or down. This first one has four cabins and galley down and is very Mediterranean as regards decor. Thanks to whitened teak veneers and leather tiling, she’s light, bright and contemporary.
The fact that aft deck and almost all the main saloon are on the same level is unusual at this end of the market.
As for performance, hull No1 is good for around 33 knots at half load thanks to twin 1,400hp MAN V8s and conventional shafts and props. But subsequent boats will be powered by the much more efficient twin ZF4000 Pods, which will require 400hp or so less to deliver comparable performance.
Technical innovations include an aerospace industry-derivedtreatment system that turns grey and black-water waste to pure water.
The MCY76 is vinylester infused and includes plenty of Kevlar and some carbon for slamming and impact areas.
Prices start at a very competitive €2.5 million.
The first three MCY76s are already sold. Market permitting, the plan is to produce up to 17 per year of them. Plus there are other models on their way. There is an MCY62 and MCY68 already in the pipeline and then will come the MCY86. And eventually there will be bigger still models.
Monte Carlo Yachts is an Italian incorporated standalone division of Groupe Bénéteau, whose focus will be the 60ft-plus sector. The under 60ft Monte Carlos are built by Bénéteau in France. The whole Monte Carlo Yachts operation was put together from scratch over the past two years by the immensely capable Carla Demaria, who for many years worked with Azimut-Benetti, latterly as president of Atlantis Yachts.

Basic Spec MCY76...
LOA: 23m (75ft 7in)
Max Beam: 6.7m (21ft 10in)
Draught: 1.64m (5ft 5in)
Displacement: 46 tonnes
Engines: 2 x 1,400hp MAN V8
or 2 x 1,200hp MAN V8, plus ZF4000 PODs
Max Speed: 33 knots
Cruise Speed: 29 knots
Fuel: 4,025 (1,064 US gals)
Water: 1,000L (264 US gals)
Interior/Exterior Styling: Nuvolari & Lenard
Hull/Naval Architecture: Seaway

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