The new Monte Carlo Yachts 86 was introduced this fall in Europe and is built in the company's state-of-the-art facility just outside of Trieste, Italy. The new MCY 86 can be configured virtually any way an owner's requirements demand on all three decks. Need five cabins instead of three? No problem. Want a yacht specially designed for a family instead of a rock band? Just ask. Truth be told, this 86-footer can have all of the functionality most people in this rarefied atmosphere ever need -- or will ever use -- because the builder works with the owner to create a boat that fulfills his/or her vision, not the naval architect's. This capability puts a level of excitement and fun into motoryacht buying that is rarely found with production builders.
Monte Carlo Yachts 86 (2014-) Specifications
86' 26 m
72,000 lbs. 32,659 kg
21' 2'' 6.45 m
6' 3'' 1.90 m
1561 gal. 5,909 L
330 gal. 1,249 L
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
With its latest 86’ (26 m) flagship, Monte Carlo Yachts along with Groupe Bénéteau’s manufacturing expertise, brings Italian style and luxury as well as surprising accommodations flexibility to the production motoryacht market.
Overview of the MCY 86.
Most production boats try to be everything to all people -- quite predictably. Sure, each company does things differently, often in creative ways, but the fundamental characteristics of each boat change little from one production boat to the next, be it an 80-something motoryacht or a rowboat. One will have four staterooms, one of those full beam, almost as surely as the other will have three seats and midship oarlocks.
A Different Approach.
Monte Carlo Yachts, a new Italian motoryacht offshoot of Groupe Bénéteau, takes a different approach. Leveraging technology both within the finished boat and in the manufacturing process, the company’s latest flagship MCY 86 offers five widely different accommodations layouts plus significant layout options on the main deck and even a few variables on the flying bridge. The result is a competitively priced, European-styled production motoryacht balanced to each individual owner’s needs.
In one possible three-stateroom arrangement, the midship master suite shares a stairway from the salon with the twin-bed cabin, forward and to starboard. The VIP suite, aft, has a private stairway from the salon. Stairs leading forward from the pilot house, through the galley, lead to crew cabins in the bow.
Flexible Accommodations Arrangements
I don’t ordinarily begin a boat review in the master stateroom, but the choices here are key to understanding Monte Carlo Yachts’ flexibility. It’s easiest to begin with the standard three-stateroom layout (plus two crew cabins in the bow). Two full-beam master suites are nearly identical. The aftermost of these two staterooms, just forward of the engine room, is entered through a private stairway from the salon. The midship stateroom has a somewhat larger head and shares a stairway with the twin-bed guest cabin, which is farther forward to starboard.
But that might not be ideal for a large family. For those who want all of their kids and grandkids aboard at once, they’ll have no problem aboard the MCY 86. To add a fourth stateroom, either of those full-beam suites is divided along the keel. A walk-around king bed occupies the resulting port stateroom, while the starboard stateroom is fitted with either twin beds or a double bed. Still not enough room? Divide both full-beam suites to create five quite comfortable staterooms, each with ensuite head and separate shower stall.
The standard midship master suite -- this particular boat also has a twin stateroom forward and to starboard, plus two staterooms aft (the first layout above).
Guest accommodations are also expectedly luxurious. The aft VIP head is shown here. Twin beds slide together to form a king.
On the other hand, if your boat becomes a private vacation home with few guests, a particularly intriguing option turns the midship master into an magnificent owner’s suite. It occupies about half of the total accommodations space by usurping the forward twin stateroom, which becomes a palatial master head with both a spacious shower and large tub. Aft of the enormous master, the standard arrangement is one king-bed stateroom and one twin-bed stateroom, but no matter which layout is chosen, Monte Carlo can transform any stateroom aboard into an office, a gym, or even a kids’ media and play room.
The “presidential” layout turns both midship master and starboard forward twin cabin into an enormous suite with private access from the salon. The resulting master head includes a stall shower and large bathtub.
Options Above Deck
Main deck choices focus on how the boat will be used. The standard layout separates crew from guests, including an ample galley below and just forward of the wheelhouse. A galley-up version is on the drawing board, which then frees room in an already sufficient crews quarters in the bow.
When desired, close a wide doorway just forward of the dining table (farthest away and left in this photo) to separate guest areas from the pilot house as well as galley and crew accommodations in the bow.
One set of stairs accesses the flying bridge directly from the pilothouse into the open-air galley or wet bar, to starboard, and the upper helm, to port. Another stairway comes up from the aft deck. Both the port aft Jacuzzi and starboard forward wet bar areas might be altered to meet individual owners’ needs.
These photos show the standard flying bridge arrangement -- the first is looking forward with the helm farthest away to port and a U-shaped open-air kitchen across from the helm to starboard. The second photo is looking aft. The table rises on electric pedestals and two leaves fold out to fit the settee for dining here. The huge skylight in the carbon fiber hardtop closes electrically with canvas running on aluminum supports riding in a track.
The Flying Bridge.
The standard flying bridge arrangement includes both a Jacuzzi aft, beneath the radar mast, and a well-equipped u-shaped outdoor kitchen/wet bar across from the upper helm. But an owner who likes to be involved in navigation might eliminate the wet bar in favor of a forward-facing settee, while the Jacuzzi could be exchanged for a wet bar and grilling area, a sun pad, seating, or just about anything else one can imagine. Monte Carlo Yachts’ designers will render it in 3D for a client's review before construction.
From the radar mast forward, the carbon fiber hardtop keeps rain and sun at bay, but includes a huge electric-opening center sky panel. Alternately, the flying bridge can be left uncovered or fitted with a Bimini top.
A Refreshing Change
Monte Carlo Yachts builds a standard yacht with its choice of wood, fabric, stone and fixtures -- Volterra alabaster, Italian travertine and hand-crafted Murano glass in the master head, for example -- but individual owners can tailor the boat with just about any material. This is a refreshing change from many production yacht builders, which allow just a handful of options from a swatch book.
Still, Monte Carlo Yachts are production boats which cannot offer limitless choices. The MCY 86 currently offers only a pair of 1800-hp MAN 12-cylinder diesels, which push the boat to a respectable 24 knot cruise, according to the builder. There is, however, a benefit to limiting propulsion packages. Buyers needn’t worry about how hulls, engines and propellers interact. Engineering costs are spread over many hulls, and performance is consistent among all.
The tender garage makes for low headroom between the MAN diesels, but plenty of room is left outboard of each engine, in the end resulting in easier engine access than most boats with full height in the center of the engine room. The swim platform lowers hydraulically to accommodate a larger tender or a pair of personal watercraft -- up to 2,645 lbs. (1.2 tons) total weight, which Monte Carlo Yachts reports is about double the capacity of many similar yachts.
While BoatTEST hasn’t yet tested the MCY 86, we expect it to be similar to other Monte Carlo Yachts we’ve tested: The hydraulic bow thruster and optional hydraulic stern thruster should make the 86 a pleasure to maneuver near the dock. At sea, expect the hydraulic power steering system to provide fingertip control and quick response to helm commands, and take comfort with a solid feel in a seaway.
Outdoor Living Expanded Throughout the Boat
Monte Carlo Yachts strives to build boats both practical and beautiful, while also including fresh ideas. This is perhaps best seen on deck, where the MCY 86 transforms typically from an underutilized space into unique outdoor entertaining venues without sacrificing the lines of the boat. Wide side decks are protected by bulwarks, not just railings. At the bow, these bulwarks merge into a Portuguese bridge -- a solid bulwark running across the boat, offering a protected place to stand forward of the lower helm windshield. This allows completely secure passage all the way to the bow even while underway. While it certainly isn’t a new idea, it’s not something expected on an 80-something Italian motoryacht, nor a feature that I’ve seen blended so well into the sweeping lines that are a signature of Italian yacht design.
Many similar-sized motoryachts expand the salon wider, eliminating walk-around side decks. But side decks can be a perfect place to enjoy being on the water, whether at sea or on a harbor cruise. Monte Carlo encloses side decks in a protective bulwark, which is carried forward and wrapped across the boat ahead of the windshield to form a Portuguese bridge.
With unfettered access to the bow, MCY uses it to its fullest. A bow cockpit includes a cocktail table flanked by wide seats that double as sun lounges. The table lifts electrically and expands into a dining table well suited to a five-stateroom motoryacht.
Dock the PWC on the hydraulic transom platform and walk, still dripping wet, outside the boat along the side decks, all the way to the bow for lunch. The entire area also transforms into a gigantic sun pad. The 270-degree sweeping view is shaded by a translucent sun canopy deployed from four carbon fiber masts that fit into sockets on deck. All stow beneath the bow seats, alongside ample space for lines and fenders.
The side decks, Portuguese bridge and forward cockpit also increase security while handling lines or anchoring. And since the bow will likely be a favorite perch at anchor, twin anchor windlasses are recessed into the deck just a bit to keep mud and marine growth from soiling blond teak decks or luxurious fabrics at the bow.
Immediately forward of the Portuguese bridge, a bow cockpit lounge isn’t uncommon aboard much larger yachts, but not an ordinary feature of an 86 footer. The table raises on electric pedestals, expands with four opening leaves, and rotates 45 degrees to fill the area for dining, or the table lowers to support filler cushions that create a gigantic frolicking sun pad. The translucent sun canopy and carbon fiber masts stow beneath the seats. The forward cockpit also aids in anchor and line handling.
Side Deck Verandas.
Along either protected side deck, a wide section of the bulwark folds down electrically to create an innovative balcony. Whichever side is away from view of the marina becomes a quiescent hideaway for morning coffee, across the boat and away from peering eyes on the dock. These private verandas are adjacent large glass sliding doors that draw the outdoors into the salon. They also double as side boarding platforms in addition to the passerelle aft.
Port and starboard bulwarks offer a section that folds out electrically, with railings that store in the bow, to form a balcony. Large sliding glass doors adjacent these verandas, as well as another large glass door aft, bring the outdoors into the dining room and salon.
Electric pedestals also raise or lower the aft-deck table between dining and cocktail height. The aft deck is protected from spray with a glass window that retains the view, where some yacht builders might have placed a solid fiberglass pilaster. Also note the two deck capstans, four cleats, and chocks built to accommodate three lines running in different directions.
Groupe Bénéteau’s influences remain largely hidden from view aboard, but scratch the surface to find Bénéteau’s efficient use of technology that allows such wide customization aboard the Monte Carlo Yachts 86, while simultaneously controlling production costs. In conventionally-built large motoryachts’ interior bulkheads, for instance, provide rigidity to yacht hulls. They are typically installed in the bare hull, fresh from the mold, along with a floor assembly above the bilge. Accommodations and equipment must then flow around those bulkheads and most of the building work takes place in the tight confines of the boat itself. The bulkheads are part of the boat's structure and this is why they can't be moved.
MCY is one of the few builders in class that utilizes a monocoque hull concept, something that has proven quite successful it its smaller motoryachts. With this construction method it is the hull itself that supports the loads much like a ping pong ball or an egg shell.
Monte Carlo Yachts keeps interior options flexible while also making strong, light hulls by building the complete interior, including all bulkheads, outside of the hull. Changes are much simpler when made to a construction jig sitting on the shop floor, rather than inside a boat hull.
An aluminum substructure at the bottom of this interior module, as well as bulkheads incorporated into the interior module, fit tightly into the hull. Bonds are made to create a unitized hull, but the entire interior structure is isolated from the hull atop vibration- and noise-reducing mountings.
The entire deck assembly is similarly completed, right down to cleats, teak and helm electronics, before being joined to the hull. Even the forward engine room bulkhead -- the aftermost bulkhead of the interior module -- is fitted with electrical panels, equipment and even fuel filters before it goes into the boat. The result, Monte Carlo Yachts says, cuts man hours in half, reducing costs and speeding the building process to just four months from first layup to completed yacht. This is remarkable and is the primary reason that MCY vessels are priced so reasonably.
Looking aft in the galley, stairs lead directly to the pilothouse. The crew lounge and crew staterooms are just ahead of the galley. The starboard captain’s stateroom is slightly larger, with a double bed. The port stateroom includes bunk beds, and both share a head with a separate stall shower.
More High-Tech Pays Off.
The company employs kevlar and carbon fiber wherever they offer advantages in manufacturing efficiency, strength or weight. The carbon fiber hardtop above the flying bridge, for instance, saves significant weight high in the boat where it would impact stability. Interior veneers are sorted and hand-matched by experienced woodworkers, but then cuts are planned by computers that control CNC routers to mitigate waste. In short, technology based efficiency drives the entire building process, but luxuriousness is the ultimate goal.
Most boaters able to afford a multi-million dollar yacht want accommodations, materials, and equipment that fits their idea of what a dream yacht should be, not the common denominator of a production yacht builder. It is for that reason that these wealthy individuals go to naval architects and custom yards and wait years for their ideal motoryacht to be built. Monte Carlo Yachts offers these discerning consumers what we feel is a compelling option to custom building.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Monte Carlo Yachts 86 (2014-) Standard and Optional Equipment
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Monte Carlo Yachts 86 (2014-) Warranty
Monte Carlo Yachts 86 (2014-) Warranty Information
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