When cruising becomes even more enchanting
YACHT CLASS N°6 (Sept-oct-nov 2016)
MONTE CARLO YACHTS
The "union" between Monte Carlo Yachts and Nuvolari & Lenard always has the best in store. Thus, the new 80' is a perfect example of this type of units all together elegant, friendly, comfortable and thought out. A must-see at the next Cannes Yachting Festival.
Text : Alain Brousse – Photos : Jérôme Kélagopian & Massimo Ferrari
As usual, the Italian Monte Carlo Yachts, part of Bénéteau Group and managed by Carla Demaria, has launched its brand new 80' with great pomp and ceremony in its premises in Monfalcone, providing thus the perfect opportunity to assess its first six years. Growth and development were on the cards right from the start and still lasts. Figures don't lie: 400 employees to this date, against a hundred at its beginnings, an annual income that rose from 25 to 40 million and investments above 40 million against 10 in 2010. A good news for the president of the group, Annette Roux and her CEO, Hervé Gestinel, who was appointed last year, but already knows the realities of the yachting in France and abroad. Thus, he expressed no worry when we raised the issue of the impact of Brexit (the fall of the pound sterling) on the British competition. To complete this team, hats off to those who conceived the MCY concept: the Venetian architecture and design studio of Nuvolari & Lenard, who underlined that the design of the 80' was relatively similar to her five sisters (65’, 70’, 76’, 86’ and 105’) for the benefit of the range effect, not by "intellectual easiness".
Yet many details makes her a true innovation. All together, we immediately noticed a perfect balance of forms and her many curves. Only her bow, intentionally pointed, stands outs, creating a more dynamic effect. The flybridge, entirely in carbon-kevlar composite, naturally fits in. True to her DNA, she features round portholes that have nothing retro. The MCY lives up to its "nickname" of Italian seducer. On the foredeck, purists of aesthetic will lower the two half-moon-shaped tables in navigation, while acknowledging their double interest: an asset for the comfort of this outdoor saloon that can become a sun pad when lowered. Her two 1 650 hp MAN perfectly warmed-up, prompting us to load them without restraint. Our first test: the calculation of the time needed to raise the hull out of her liquid element. In less than 10 seconds, the MCY 80's goes from 2 to 20 knots. A reassuring speed that reminds us that the in-house research department is an expert in hull conception. The fact that despite an advertised speed of 28 knots, the MCY 80's easily reached 30 with a three-quarter full tank, i.e. 5 000 litres, speaks for itself. Unfortunately, on the day of our trial, the sea did not give us the opportunity to test her hull in choppy conditions.
But in this calm weather, we already appreciated her reactions, especially while cornering as she barely lists. Piloting this unit, both from the flybridge and the enclosed wheelhouse, is most enjoyable. We also welcomed the design indoor control panel. In addition, the pilot seat swivels and comes to sit at the passenger table, creating some sort of lounge. An interesting detail: the wheelhouse opening onto the stern and the dining-living room can become totally independent thanks to movable partitions. Enclosing this area has little effect on the generous brightness, partly provided by the lateral sliding bay windows on the dining room. On the main deck a sense of well-being emanates from the combination of the furniture layout, the openness towards the outdoors and the decoration. The European sailors will enjoy the main kitchen located in the hull on port side, below the wheelhouse. Note that the shipyard is considering an American version with the kitchen fitted in the living-dining area. Among the equipment, a 1.90-metre high refrigeration cabinet (fridge / freezer) provides enough room to store provision for a "wild" cruising, with no restaurant stopover.
Let's return to the main deck: on starboard, near the wheelhouse, a staircase leads to the cabins. Naturally, the master is a culmination, a model for this category of unit. Full-beam, it enjoys a correct lighting thanks to small portholes, four on each side, including two smaller opening ones. The headboard conceals a spacious dressing room to starboard and a beautiful bathroom with Carrare marble on port side. The master has two independent commodities: an Italian shower and a toilet (WC and bidet), separated by partly opaque glass doors. The second cabin in size - which we will refer to as the VIP – is located in the bow section and enjoys a large volume that makes her very friendly. It also features a two-metre headroom. In between are located two identical twin cabins, much smaller but with the same high quality of finish. Each cabins being en-suite, the MCY 80's should please candidate for charter. The crew sleeping area is accessible via a private door, at the entrance of the portside catwalk. There are two cabins - the captain's (double bed) and another one with two bunk beds – but also a door leading to the engine room where are situated two MAN and two Seakeeper gyro stabilizers. As for the outdoors, the shipyard undoubtedly wanted them the most comfortable. Like the 70' and the 76, this model has an interesting layout on the foredeck: two symmetrical sofas facing each other, perfect at anchor but also in port and in navigation, if conditions allow. In the cockpit, priority was also given to conviviality thanks to an u-shaped sofa and a large electrically adjustable teak table, obviously for lunch and snacks. We saved the best for last: the flybridge.
For the designers and the shipyard executives, a unit of this size has to offer a large terrace overlooking the sea and fitted with a helm station. The upper deck features a roof in carbon and kevlar that can be almost entirely opened, but first and above all its 60m2 hosts a solarium, a lunch area for 12, a kitchenette and enough room to accommodate aft three to four deckchairs. In short, the flybridge is one of the assets of this unit that should light up the Cannes Yachting Festival. Monte Carlo Yachts never fails to propose attractive models, perfect for cruising. The MCY 80's is yet a further proof and we would not be surprised to hear soon about a new model, filling the gap between the 86’ and the 105’, a 96' for example, paving the way for the flagship. Only one unknown remains: her length. A 125’ perhaps? This is only the educated guess of a journalist always in quest of concrete info.
- Overall length : 24,57 m
- Max beam : 6,15 m
- Draft : 1,85 m
- Fuel : 6 000 l
- Water : 1 200 l
- Material: polyester et Carbone-Kevlar
- Engine : 2 x 1 655 ch MAN
- Max speed : 30 knots
- Range at 19,2 knots : 480 milles
- Naval architect : Monte Carlo Yachts
- Exterior designer : Nuvolari & Lenard
- Interior designer : Nuvolari & Lenard
- Builder : Monte Carlo Yachts (Monfalcone – Italie)
- Diffuseur : Be-One Yachts (Golfe-Juan)