A smart alliance, combining elegance with efficiency
YACHT CLASS N°10 (Sept-oct-nov 2017)
MCY - Groupe Bénéteau
As usual, Monte Carlo Yachts organized a large-scale event to launch its brand new 96 feet in front of the famous Piazza San Marco in Venice. The spotlight is on the MCY 96 who, thanks to the talented designers Nuvolari & Lenard, exudes an indisputably elegance. Her superstructures say it all : her interior volumes rimes with space and comfort. And last but not least, our measures showed that soundproofing is one of the strong assets of this (nearly) 30 metre.
Text : Alain Brousse - Photos : J. Kélagopian
Dan Lenard had no hesitation in marching to the frontlines before an assembly composed of media representatives, yachtsmen and professionals to explain his passion for the forms expressing emotions. A passion ranging from the sports car (No need to name the brand… that's an easy guess in Italy !) to the motoryacht whose sharp lines speak volumes about her determination to tackle marine components. Clearly, automotive and yachting have a tenuous link. But beyond this, Dan Lenard also presented the design of the MCY96, making sure to talk about the brand DNA, which he would never dare to temper with. And with her exterior design, this 30 metre professes her character. In other words : she will be easily recognizable along the coasts by watercraft enthusiasts. But as concrete says more than a speech, let's board on !
Discretion by MCY…
On Sunday, July 30th, the morning sky was gloomy when the MCY 96, propelled by her bow thrusters, left her berth sideways, before heading East towards the Adriatic. In the engine room, her two 2 200 hp MTU are looking forward to demonstrating that the MCY 96 has the most adequate power. The first test is positive : she only requires 16 seconds to go from 0 to 20 knots. An achievement that many competitors would like to boast about. Because we must acknowledge that a motoryacht, supposedly a planing one, will be all the more appreciated if she proves herself responsive during lift-off. It is now time to prove that this swiftness is no illusion. Actually, the MCY 96 revs up to reach 25.9 knots at 2 400 rpm, her maximum speed. Two things to remember : 315 miles at 21.2 knots… and even better : only 55 dbA at 2 000 rpm in the master, a sound level that can be a real asset. As for her pilotage, she features an independent raised wheelhouse entirely dedicated to the captain, who will have to get used to some of its arrangements, including a limited space. Once seated, the adjustable chair is set in the lowest position to enjoy a visibility if not ideal, at least acceptable. This enclosed place has a direct and immediate access to the sundeck helm station, where visibility is panoramic, at practically 360°. It also naturally features the essential navigation console that provides as much information as possible.
A royal sundeck !
As a preamble, one figure : 60 m2. This represents the surface of this deck overlooking the sea, valued by most pleasure craft boaters. Once on the top of this 96 foot, we only wish to enter a world of relaxation. A salon with a comfortable sofa that can become a dining area, an open-plan galley, plus an aft space with deck chairs, where we can easily imagine a Jacuzzi. A massive carbon fibre and kevlar hardtop covers three quarters of the sundeck and features a central opening section above the salon-lunch area. The galley furniture and its massive barbecue were requested by her owner, a Russian fan of barbecues. When designing this nearly 30 metre three-deck, Nuvolari & Lenard and the shipyard agreed on making this space vast and user-friendly. And what a success ! As we head towards the foredeck, we discover the bow also dedicated to relaxation, which only features a sunbed and a salon with a sofa for six and two small tables. At the opposite end, the hydraulic teak swim platform features on each side a staircase leading to the cockpit above and its table for twelve. This place is almost entirely protected by the flybridge.
Generous interior volumes
With their designer curves, the MCY 96 superstructures are significant. They soon unveil an interior layout that could be found on a larger unit. The cockpit leads directly to the main deck largest area, bathed in natural light from the large floor-to-ceiling sliding windows. This yacht was conceived and decorated in collaboration with the owner in shades of grey, which we also find in the master. Facing the starboard salon, a wave-shaped cabinet brings some style in. The dining room for eight enjoys a great sea view, thanks to the bay windows and a fold-out balcony on each side. On its starboard side, a door opens onto the full-beam royal master suite, with an en-suite bathroom and a dressing room behind the forward bulkhead. Luxurious without being ostentatious, this place is flooded with natural daylight thanks to its large portholes and its rectangular skylight ceiling window. As for the guests, they will be housed below deck where are located four en-suite cabins : two VIP and two twins.
An unmistakably positive result
Monfalcone shipyard can be more than satisfied with this new unit, whose DNA matures with each new model. We appreciated her many qualities : behaviour, discretion, performance and comfort. Exhibited for the first time in Cannes, then in Monaco, she will seduce demanding owners by her many assets. Monte Carlo Yachts plans to build four units a year.
- Overall length : 29,26 m
- Max beam : 6,94 m
- Draft : 2,10 m
- Fuel : 11 000 l
- Water : 1 650 l
- Unladen displacement: 98 t
- Engine : 2 x MTU 16V200 M86
- Power : 2 x 2 200 ch
- Max speed : 25,9 nds
- Range at 21,2 knots : 315 milles
- Naval architect : Monte Carlo Yachts
- Exterior designer : Nuvolari & Lenard
- Interior designer: Nuvolari & Lenard
- Builder : Monte Carlo Yachts - Groupe Bénéteau (Monfalcone – Italie)