|Max Headroom||N/A||Bridge Clearance||
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|Std. Power||2 x 300-hp Volvo Penta D4 IPS400|
|Tested Power||2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta IPS500|
2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta D6 IPS500
The MC4 has an LOA of 45'3" (13.79 m), a beam of 13'5" (4.08m) and displaces 22,701 lbs. (10,300 kgs.). Note the sunning areas both on the foredeck on the flying bridge.
Mission of the Monte Carlo MC4
Like most of the cruising-size boats designed in Europe, the MC4 is intended for day-boating, entertaining large groups, and relatively short coastal family vacations – all done in a sophisticated milieu. The emphasis, obviously, of the MC4 is her retro tulip bow concept morphed into a stylish, modern design. Several European builders have chosen variations on this thematic style to signal a difference in mentality from the ubiquitous Euro express cruiser types.
A postmodern blend of contemporary and retro influences, this smallest of the Nuvolari-Lenard designed Monte Carlos will be right at home alongside the latest megayachts.
When it comes to modern boats, nothing trumps external styling. Megayacht stylists Nuvolari-Lenard have given the Monte Carlo 4 a distinctive look resembling some superyacht profiles of the last decade. Round portlights and large round side windows are retro cues intended to set the MC4 apart from other brands. A pallet of pastel gel coat colors further distinguishes the Beneteau Monte Carlos.
Seen from the stern, the MC4 has a contemporary motoryacht look. The coach roof lines are horizontal, somewhat angular and pleasing, without bulbous affectations.
As on virtually all European designs, the top hamper is kept extremely low. It is supported forward by a relatively thin, black mullion, and aft by a trapezoidal, black pilaster that is both structural and attractive. The MC4’s flying bridge is a social area where entertaining will take place at the dock, at anchor, and during slow-moving sunset cruises. It is also a sun bathing platform.
Her tulip-shaped bow sections descend into a sharp forefoot which allows the MC4 to slice through waves rather than to pound into them.
Beneteau's “Wave Splitter” hull combines a fine entry into the water with a nearly vertical stem, providing a long waterline for efficient operation at various speeds while making a contemporary visual statement that sets her apart from other boats in the harbor. We have not tested this boat, nor have we seen her bottom hauled out, so can make no further comment on her bottom shape, other than to say that her 15-degree deadrise at the transom is a good compromise between comfort and efficiency.
However, we have tested the MC5, and our test captain reports that she rode well during the test. He says this about the MC5, "Her ride is exceedingly comfortable with her sharp entry cutting cleanly through waves and crossing wakes produced no pounding or harsh effects. In turns she leans 10-degrees, remaining comfortable throughout."
This view shows her entertaining spaces on the aft deck and on the flying bridge.
The MC4 is designed around Volvo Penta IPS drives to provide efficient propulsion and outstanding control at sea. A joystick makes close maneuvers easier – even more so with the optional bow thruster. This is state-of-the-art, turn-key technology, with Volvo Penta supplying most of the related systems. Single supplier service should be available worldwide.
The engine options are twin 300-hp or twin 370-hp Volvo Pentas. To be truly planing this boat will need to be operating over 15 knots. Twin 300-hp engines should be adequate, but with tanks full, provisions and passengers, they may not allow sustained speed at a cruising rpm. For boaters considering river and canal cruising (she has 17'11"/5.47 m air draft), or more sedate speeds the 300-hp IPS400 option should fill the bill, and be more economical as well.
For those who actually want to cruise her, the hydraulic swim platform will be a handy place to stow the tender. It will also serve as a teak beach and both kids and adults will enjoy it.
Inspection from the Stern
Entrance. When boarding, guests step onto a teak-decked swim platform. The height of this natural point of access can be hydraulically adjusted. Lowered to water level, it serves as an artificial beach when swimming. There's a wet bar in the transom, and a fresh water shower/hose-down services on the swim platform and cockpit.
The hydraulic swim platform can also serve as a place to stow a tender for those who really want to do more than dock-to-dock cruising and day boating.
The MC4’s comfortable aft deck is the central social area from which the others are easily accessed and interacted with.
Aft Deck. It’s two steps up the starboard-side-only stairs from the swim platform to the aft deck, which is mostly covered by the flying bridge overhang. A sun shade can be extended if needed. There's stowage beneath the four person bench seat. The whole area can be enclosed in isinglass for three season boating. An optional table can be installed and folding chairs added to seat more people comfortably for al fresco dining or cocktail parties.
Monte Carlo has not made a table here standard because owners will use this space in a variety of ways. We applaud the designers for not putting in symmetrical stairs from the swim platform port starboard. We think they are a waste of space, which in the MC4 goes to add an extra seat and storage.
The galley is integral to the aft deck and main salon social areas.
The three-panel door folds back to port opening the interior of the boat in a grand style to the aft deck and the great beyond.
When entertaining, the galley counter at left can be used as a side board for beverages snack trays and ice buckets.
The aft deck is on the same level as the main salon and provides access to most other areas of the boat (engine room and side decks). With the glass, three-panel closure open wide, the aft deck, main salon, galley and pilot house become one large living area.
Galley. When a designer considers how a boat will be used, the galley placement and size is critical. Since the MC4 will be used primarily for entertaining and day-boating, her galley should be for heating up hors d’oeuvres and the like. We suggest that those who want to prepare elaborate meals in the galley should consider the larger MC5.
But for easy access to simple food and drink while in port, at anchor, or moving slowly across a bay, the linear arrangement of the MC4's galley will do nicely while keeping provisions out of the way when not needed.
Galley Details. There is a two-burner glass stove top and an oven underneath. The sink is hidden under a solid surface lid and has a convenient semi-hidden faucet. There is room below for a drawer-type dishwasher. The refrigerator is under the counter, aft next to the door. There are cabinets above for a modest amount of stores as well as china and crystal, and more alongside the steps leading to the staterooms.
The settee/dinette on the flying bridge can seat five. We would mount the radar as high as we could on the mast.
The upper helm, like most European flying bridge boats this size, has a minimalist approach to seating and the helm console. However, all of the screens and controls that are necessary are here. The cabinet at right conceals a place for a grill and sink with an icemaker and fridge below.
In Party Mode. The MC4’s galley puts food preparation adjacent to the cockpit and other activities, so the chef is part of the social activity, and not isolated. By keeping the counter uncluttered and making the stove-top glass, Monte Carlo has also created what amounts to a side board when serving guests buffet style. It also makes a handy place to put beverages, ice and bottles of wine so guests can serve themselves during parties.
Apart from the galley, there are two optional outdoor grills: one in the transom and one on the flying bridge, for informal food prep such as grilled fish or burgers.
A settee to starboard, aft of the inboard helm station, is the main salon’s social centerpiece. The table is of sturdy teak (leather trim is optional). The cabin sole is traditional teak and holly, while the cabinetry is in modern light colored oak with leather grabs.
Main Salon: The settee is not raised as we see on so many boats in class, but rather is level with the deck. The reason many settees are raised is to provide headroom below, something Monte Carlo does with the raised helm platform. A disadvantage of this design is that when seated, guests cannot see out the side windows.
We like the bi-fold table with optional inlaid leather trim. By reducing table width the area picks up needed room for easy passage fore and aft during the operation of the boat. When it's time to dine the leaf can be opened, folding chairs can be placed inside and the settee can seat eight.
The inside helm, which incorporates style elements from the Monte Carlo Yachts’ family, is well aft of the windshield, which along with good visibility contributes to a sense of spaciousness. Two can share the stylish helm bench.
Looking forward, the flying bridge is very much an outdoor living space, laid out for people to congregate. It's equipped with its own settee, a sun pad convertible to dual bench seats adjacent to the helm, a wet bar and an icebox (which can optionally be made a top-loaded refrigerator) in the background.
Both helm stations are trimmed out in the style of the larger Monte Carlo Yachts. We'd like to see the seats at both helm stations made more adjustable.
The foredeck is equipped with dual sun pads, windlass, dual chain lockers and anchor handling hardware. The bow pulpit opens forward, lending itself to also serving as a boarding ramp when mooring bow-in. The height of the safety rails exceed ABYC standards.
The MC4 has two en suite staterooms and both heads have separate shower stalls.
The MC5 has three staterooms and two guest heads. The master head has a separate shower stall, but the VIP/day head has a circular acrylic door to give the head room and still provide what amounts to a separate shower stall. The big difference in the two boats below is the third guest cabin and the crew cabin in the stern, which on this boat could also be used for a good-natured guest friend or member of the family. While the MC5 is only 3'4" (1.01 m) longer and 8" (20 cm) wider, at 32, 840 lbs. (14,896 kgs.) she is about 50% heavier than the MC4.
Staterooms: Below, forward of the pilothouse helm station and down some angled steps are two full-beam staterooms, each with their own en suite bath and separate shower.
We think Monte Carlo has done this by not trying to shoe-horn a third cabin in, thus making two comfortable cabins instead. For those folks who need a third, or even fourth cabin, the MC5 might fill the bill. (See drawing above.)
Well positioned opening portlights and hatch above let in natural light, and the light color of the oak cabinetry helps make the stateroom feel bigger than it is. We like the way the portlights are framed with molding and there is a Roman shade that comes down for each.
There's standing headroom at the entrance to the master stateroom as the deck is set down between the yacht's stringers. Outboard of the stringers are the deck steps up as can be seen in this image, thus reducing the headroom. Big round central windows in the master stateroom offer a view across the ocean and are a signature feature of the Monte Carlo line.
Each stateroom has an en suite head with separate shower. The b-fold acrylic shower door makes movement easier in and out of the shower.
The MC4's main attraction is her exterior styling and her modern, light-colored interior décor. For those drawn to this sophisticated approach and international design, this boat should set apart her owners from most other boats in the marina.
Her relatively light displacement makes her easy to push and therefore more economical to operate than other boats in class, which tend to be heavier. She is appropriate for a small family, and certainly can be comfortable for two couples cruising together because of the en suite staterooms.
The icing on the cake is the boat's IPS drives with joystick that make docking easy, even for beginners.
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All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation.
|Time To Plane||5.9 sec|
|0 to 30||7.7 sec (0 to 20)|
|Test Power||2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta IPS500|
|Load||2 persons, 2/5 fuel, 3/4 water, 50 lbs. of gear|
|Climate||77.6 deg., 87 humid.; wind: 0-0 mph; seas: calm|