The Monte Carlo Yachts MCY 70 is the first of the models with which the Monfalcone-based yard will updateits entire range. We will also see the 76 and the 66 at the Cannes Boat Show
by Francesco Michienzi – photo by Nicolas Gavet
LOOKING AT MODERN BOATS, YOU CAN SEE HOW THE EVOLUTION OF DESIGNhas given today’s pleasure boaters very carefully thought-out products that can meet every need. These needs range from safety to on-board comfort, include stylistic and design requirements, and the complexity of materials for furniture and very complicated construction processes. Bringing all of these issues together in a single product is a complex exercisethat requires significant design skill, as well as organisation, vision of the future and output capacity.
All qualities that Monte Carlo Yachts is not lacking in. We were given the privilege of coming into close contact with the industrial process and taking a close look at them, and also of doing a trial at sea with the MCY 70, one of the latest models from the Bénéteau Group’s Monfalcone yard. The yard is led by the general manager Fabrizio Iarrera, an engineer who has seen and followed the creation of all the models built by Monte Carlo Yachts.
The construction of the boat is the result of a detailed study in which nothing has been left to chance, and every detail was set down at the design stage, reducing the amount of subsequent modifications that have to be done in the field. The hull is laminated at the same time as the bulkheads and the deckhouse; then the engine is fitted inside the hull, while, at the same time, most of the additional equipment and the furniture is fitted inside the framework of the internal subdivision. When the two parts are complete, they then move onto inserting the “interiors” into the hull in a precise and perfect way, with a tolerance of under a millimetre. The bulkheads and the hull are then joined together using glue developed in the aerospace sector.
Then the deckhouse, together with the flybridge – which in the meantime has been finished off – is added. It is worth stressing that, as well as achieving an increase in speed, they have obtained better product quality, which the result of the ease and comfort of the installation, and there is a virtuous circle that means that the cost of the manufacturing process is reduced.
«At Monte Carlo Yachts, we have always strong belived in a vision that has shaped and guided us for ever ten years», said Iarrera. «A vision that sees the customer at the center of everything we do and and which is defined by the real necessity of bringing true values back into the luxury segment such as time, well-being and responsibility. The MCY 70 perfectly represent this vision and our guiding principles of evolution alongside continuity».
The MCY 70 is a boat with a classic style. The design emphasises the role of the yacht as a home from home, with special attention paid to interior spaces, which have nowbecome larger, and external entertainment areas, which have also been enlarged. Additionally, the walls accentuate the quality of the light and optimise the areas on the main deck, while the new windows together with the large portholes create a more direct and engaging relationship with the external environment.
From an aesthetic point of view, the hull and the deckhouse have an aerodynamic feel and overall the side view of the boat is sleek. The lines of the deckhouse are elegant and harmonious. Inside, the area and the volumes create a succession of luxurious and comfortable spaces, which are ideal for conversation, entertainment, relaxation or having dinner with guests. The set-up makes the most of geometric motifs and linear structures. Significant useof reflecting materials and lacquered surfaces emphasises the luminosity of all of the interior areas, such as the main lounge, where they are further embellished by shelves in glass and black marble, together with steel detailing.
These elements are softened by the widespread use of natural oak in the flooring and in the vertical panels, and by expensive fabrics, which create a pleasant contrast with the shiny lacquered surfaces. The flybridge, which is impressively large and is an important area in termsof the liveability of the boat, is protected by a T-Top in carbon fibre with lateral supports that allow 360-degree vision.
In the bow, the Portuguese bridge leads to a private lounge looking onto the sea, a room that can be adapted to various different uses over the day. The large area is ideal for sunloungers, sofas and a dining table with sea views, in an area that is at the same time both open and private.
We had the chance to test the MCY 70 off Trieste. With thirteen people on board and around 2000 litres of diesel, the yacht showed the excellent quality of its hull and its all-round construction. Turning at around 25 degrees at 22 knots, the turning radius for a full circle was around 40 metres; at top speed, so around 28 knots, that went up to fifty metres. That was a significant outcome, given that the speed stayed constant throughout the turn.
Manoeuvrability is also fairly good, not least because of the electronic system that means that a turn can be done in not much space. Turning hard to port, and at top speed, the boat only tilted 14 degrees. That shows that the balance between hull, power unit and steering is a winning combination. The thrust produced by the two 1200 hp MAN engines, the V-drive transmission with universal joints and the four-blade propeller provided excellent torque to the respective axles, to such an extent that the boat started planing in just 11.8 seconds, while it took another 27 to get to top speed.
For a fully-loaded boat weighing 48 tonnes, and a weight to power ratio of 20kg per horsepower, those a definitely good figures. The variable geometry hull, with an angle in the stern section of around fifteen degrees, is very well balanced and has three spray rails to give lift on either side. Looking closely at all this, you can feelthat the designers have sought, without exaggerating, to get good speed performance, while you can see that they have achieved excellent torque at low rev levels to make the hull-engine combination very agile.
Even at high speed the boat doesn’t shudder to any noticeable extent, and that means that it has a hull shape that meets the water very softly; although it should be said that the sea and weather conditions were favourable throughout the test.
PROJECT Nuvolari and Lenard
HULL LOA 21.08 m • Hull Length 19.35 m (LH) • Max beam 5.45m • Draft 1.73 m • Height above waterline including radar mast and navigation lights 7.99 m – Cruising speed (half load) 22 kn- Maximum speed (half load) 28 kn Full load • displacement 48 ton • Unload displacement 39 ton • Fuel tank capacity 4000 l • Water tank capacity 800 l • Gray water tank capacity 350 l • Waste water tank capacity 350 l • MCY 70’ has a planning hull, with a 15° deadrise angle along the entire bottom, deep “V” bow, with 6 iso-parametric spray rails Structural project has been developed according with EN ISO 12215.
MAIN PROPULSION 2 Man V8 1.200 cv (882kW)
EC CERTIFICATION CAT A
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(MCY 70, vision and innovation – Barchemagazine.com – Luglio 2019)