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Content courtesy ofJust one short year after the launch of what has become the most awarded yacht of the century (the Monte Carlo Yachts 76), its Italian builder has launched a slightly smaller version -- the Monte Carlo Yachts 65. With this second yacht in the series, a style has emerged that clearly defines the brand. As the first launch is set to make its debut in the States at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in November we take our preliminary look at a yacht that can now bring a highly-acclaimed design within reach of more people.
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.
By Captain Steve Larivee--
The mission of the Monte Carlo Yachts 65 is to provide world-class cruising on a level of luxury and style comparable to much larger yachts. She is primarily designed to accommodate the family and (fortunate) friends of an owner/operator, but recognizing that many owners of yachts this size have little desire for cleaning, polishing and changing oil, the design will provide separate accommodations for a crew of two. Because she is 65' she can also be an owner/operator vessel and then her crew quarters may be used as another guest cabin.
Here are some of the features that separate the Monte Carlo Yachts 65 from others in class --•
Designed by Carlo Nuvolari and Dan Lenard.
This is the same design team that created the award-winning Monte Carlo Yachts 76 and it has given the 65 a look that is masculine in seagoing style, while maintaining graceful curves and beauty that can only be defined as Italian.•
Relatively Small Engines.
The twin MAN V8 engines are offered in either 1000-hp or 1200-hp configurations. According to the builder, the Monte Carlo Yachts 65 will reach a maximum speed of 31 kn.
Ease of Operation Thanks to the Joystick.
The MCY 65 can be maneuvered easily with a joystick offered as an option which is unusual in this size boat. This eliminates any concern about being able to handle the Monte Carlo Yachts 65 in close confines for owner/operators. Additional operational parameters, such as trim, are designed to self correct automatically throughout the entire performance range of the 65.•
Lighter Weight than Most in Class.
Because Monte Carlo Yachts engineers have carefully managed the weight of the 65 by using Kevlar in the hull bottom, carbon fiber in the hardtop, relatively light MAN V8 engines, and cored bulkheads doors and cabinetry where possible, she weighs 61,729 lbs. dry (28,058 kgs.). •
Hardtop for the Flying Bridge.
Another departure for a European builder is to design the boat as standard with a hardtop, unlike most boats in class, which consider the flying bridge more a sunning area with a helm for convenience. Further, the hardtop is made with super lightweight carbon fibers which keeps the boat's CG low without added ballasting. European designers have eschewed hardtops on most flying bridges in motoryachts of this size because they feel it negatively affects the graceful, sleek lines of the yacht. Monte Carlo Yachts has mitigated this consideration by making both the top and the supports black. We whole-heartedly applaud the builder's approach to this subject as it makes the boat more practical and livable.•
Relatively Shallow Draft.
Her relatively light weight combined with her long water length and 17' (5.2 m) beam permit her to draw only 4'4" (1.32 m), which places her firmly on the shoal side in class where some yachts draw a foot more. •
Galley Aft in an Italian Yacht.
Traditionally, motoryachts of this size have had their galleys forward if on the main deck, or below in many European-built vessels. Monte Carlo Yachts has decided to capitalize on one of the newest trends in yacht design, and that is to put the galley on the main deck and aft. This is an important departure for a European builder and one that takes some amount of courage. This design creates what is essentially a "country kitchen" arrangement with the settee and table opposite the galley. With glass doors that open completely to the aft cockpit, the galley can be joined with the big table located there. With the aft doors open, a unique huge area is available for parties.•
Optional Lower Helm Door to Side Deck.
In flush deck motoryachts of this type -- particularly in Euro designs -- we often do not see side doors adjacent to the helm. They are absolutely necessary for handling the boat short-handed, something that both owner/operators will appreciate, along with a delivery crew.
With a pair of MAN 1200 engines powering our test boat we reached a top speed at 2350 rpm of 29.7 kn. At that speed fuel burn was 120 gallons per hour giving us a range of 206 nautical miles.
With a boat of this size and displacement, there really is no "best” cruise but rather cruise performance is a determination between the desired speed and the desired range. For example, range is improved nearly 50% when reducing speed from 11.7 kn to 10 kn. One simply decides whether to go fast or far with the two characteristics being mutually exclusive. Personally, I found the 65 to be most comfortable at 1750 rpm and 20 kn where we had an impressive fuel burn of only 60 gph and an endurance of nearly 14 hours, translating to a range of 279 miles, all while still maintaining a 10% reserve.On the other hand, I know motoryacht owners who quite happily cruise along at the 10 knots. In the case of the MCY 65, at that speed they would get .85 nmpg and have a range of 614 nautical miles with a 10% fuel reserve. That is an impressive range at a decent speed.
After spending a considerable amount of time on sea trials aboard the Monte Carlo 76 I had high expectations of the handling characteristics that the smaller 65 would present, and I was not disappointed. One major difference was where the 76 was powered by ZF 4000 pods, the 65 is only offered with straight shafts and rudders. With that said, lest a future owner/operator be concerned about his/her ability to handle a yacht of this size and caliber with twin shafts, joystick maneuverability is offered by way of the Xenta (pronounced Zenta) joystick that combines the two propellers with bow and stern thrusters to provide complete joystick maneuverability at the dock. On our test boat the system functioned flawlessly.
Once the lines were cast off, a gentle nudge on the joystick had us easing forward out of our slip, the emphasis on that maneuver being a "gentle" nudge. This joystick has an extremely light sensitivity and it does not take a heavy hand to move this 77,000 lbs. (34,926 kgs.) plus yacht on its way. Once clear of the dock I reverted to the ZF throttles that had us cruising at a minimum speed of 6 kn. Trolling valves are offered as an option with the ZF transmissions but they were not fitted on our test boat and trolling valves should not be used for docking anyway. While some may consider that a fast idle speed, I have found it to be typical in this size yacht. To go slower just take the props in and out of gear.
Towards Open Water
As we approached the inlet, the light chop rolling through seemed to have little effect on the muscle of the MCY 65 as I started advancing the throttles. It was at this point, that the true joy of operating this luxurious yacht came to light as we immediately began overtaking the rest of the yachts around us - and all eyes were on us. Once out into open water, I proceeded to get as heavy handed as I could to try and bring out the worst of what the MCY 65 had to offer. As it turns out, her worst seems to exceed some other yacht’s best handling characteristics. She comes up on plane from a flat attitude with no bow rise and really starts to accelerate once the turbochargers of the MAN 1200 engines kick in. We reached planing speed at 12.5 seconds and continued accelerating to 30 mph in 14.7 seconds. At full speed she will complete a 360-degree turn in approximately 70 seconds while taking up sea room equivalent to roughly four boat lengths. At 20 kn she'll come around in half that time and half that distance. During turns, her maximum bank angle was 16-degrees.
Sea Keeping Ability
We had virtually no wind during our tests, but once completed Mother Nature kindly obliged with a 10 to 15 mph wind giving us a little bit of a chop to add to my observations. At speed the MCY 65 is designed to throw water away from her hull, but the prevailing wind managed to pick it up on occasion and toss some spray into the lower windshields. Bringing her around 180-degrees in order to pass through our wake to see just how much water she throws and it was impressive how cleanly she cut through these waves without jarring the yacht. She easily gives the impression that she can handle so much more, only I didn't have more to give.
All Good Things Must Come to an End
On our way back into the inlet I let the combined 2400 horses do their thing again as we overtook every other yacht coming in. On nearing our slip, that 6 kn minimum speed was completely negated by bringing the controls to neutral and turning on the joystick. The Xenta maneuvering system took over for our final approach to the dock. The joystick allowed gentle, well-controlled boat movements that anyone is capable of, which bodes well for this yacht, as she is clearly designed to be an owner/operator vessel.
The flying bridge offers what will probably be the most popular gathering area while the Monte Carlo Yachts 65 is underway, at anchor or even at the dock. A starboard mounted helm sits ahead of a double wide helm seat with a sun lounge to port. A U-shaped settee lies just abaft with a refrigerator, ice-maker, sink and barbecue unit lying behind the base of the carbon fiber radar mast. There is space to either side of the outdoor galley for additional lounge chairs. This arrangement allows for the most efficient use of space in the flying bridge and the entire area is shaded with a sizable carbon fiber hardtop, the center of which is fabric that retracts to allow the sun to shine through, when desired.
The flying bridge area was designed to remain exposed to the elements. I shudder at the thought of this beautiful yacht coming to the American market with an owner deciding to completely destroy the beautiful exterior aesthetics by enclosing the flying bridge in isinglass (but not everyone will agree with me on this point.) As if to assuage such concerns, the design team at Monte Carlo Yachts has included an efficiently outfitted lower helm as standard.
The stern of the Monte Carlo Yachts 65 is highlighted by the sizable swim platform with a standard hydraulic platform. This will allow the platform to accommodate a tender, or pair of PWCs, or even serve as the much enjoyed "teak beach". The cockpit is accessed via stairways to either port or starboard, one of which can accommodate an optional passerelle.
The aft deck outdoor gathering area is well-protected from the extended overhead of the flying bridge. Windage is reduced by the overhead supports to the outside of the side decks, and these supports have tinted glass inserts to lessen an obstruction of the waterfront view. An aft sofa is in a fixed position and five movable deck chairs lay opposite a teak dining table allowing eight to be seated comfortably for al fresco dining.
Because the overhead extends back to the transom, this whole aft deck can be enclosed for three season boating. This is an important consideration, particularly given the propensity of cold fronts to blast through many areas of the world even in the summer.
are accessed through a door in the transom, and they're accommodating enough to serve as additional guest space with an en suite head. The high quality of finishing is unusual in the crew quarters for this size of yacht.
on the aft deck will serve as a convenient location for backing into a slip or med mooring.
One Stairway Up.
To the port hand side of the aft deck are the only stairs leading to the flying bridge. I find this arrangement to be perfectly acceptable as, thanks to the well laid out lower helm station, the flying bridge will only be used when the weather is nice, and this also eliminates an interior stairway taking up much needed usable space in the salon.Roomy side decks to both port and starboard allow the entire length of the Monte Carlo Yachts 65 to be transited without ever having to enter the living areas. Both owners and crew (if any) will appreciate this practical and traditional design.
The side decks converge around the forward part of the superstructure in a Portuguese bridge with an opening to the center that continues to the bow between two sun lounges.
Galley and Dinette
The concept of continuity between inside and outside continues with the Monte Carlo Yachts 65, just as seen in the 76. Triple opening glass doors allow a seamless transition between the aft cockpit to the inside. The galley aft and to port features a full range of full sized appliances and serves as a central service access point for both the interior and exterior dining areas. To starboard is an L-shaped sofa and a table being custom-designed to allow for effortless passage to the forward salon and expanding to allow dining for six to eight.
Salon and Helm
Moving forward, a single step up transitions to the forward salon area with a C-shaped sofa within close proximity to the helm. To the starboard side is a well-equipped helm that may be thought of as the primary operational station, due to the completeness of its layout and level of equipment and functionality. Visibility from this lower station might be the best in class and a design element reminiscent of much larger yachts is present… an optional weather door on the side deck.
The Monte Carlo Yachts 65 continues the same tradition as her larger sister for spending the days above decks and nights below. A three stateroom layout accommodates the owners and two other couples or a family. All staterooms have en suite heads and surround a central foyer bathed in natural light.
Engine Room and Crew Quarters
The Monte Carlo Yachts 65 engine room is as much a study of elegance and functionality as the rest of the yacht itself. The machinery space is gleaming white with a surgical look to it. With 5'10" (1.77 m) of headroom, the compartment is clearly designed for working as well as housing the twin MAN diesel engines. Owners can choose between 1000-hp and 1200-hp engines.
Heavy stainless steel rails around the engines and to the port side seamlessly blend into the access ladder to the overhead hatch which opens to the aft deck. Additional access to the engine room is via a watertight aft hatch, something not found on many 65' boats. The generator is at the aft bulkhead, fuel tanks are to either side of the compartment with twin filters attached to each tank allowing for change out on the fly.
For those who were longing for the Monte Carlo Yachts 76 but found her just a little too big for their liking, or budget, the Monte Carlo Yachts 65 will serve to fill a gap that will make the brand accessible to a wider audience. And, essentially, the 65 has all of the functionality of her larger sister, and certainly has the same good looks.
Regular readers know that we think large yachts such as this should be owner/operated and the builder has done everything possible to make that a cinch. The optional lower helm weather deck door makes it easy for the skipper to pop out on the side deck to handle lines. The optional joystick will also make docking easier.
There are a number of motoryachts on the market in this size range but I think the Monte Carlo Yachts 65 stands apart for several reasons. First, as mentioned, are her stunning good looks that we think will age very gracefully. Second, she has one of the most efficient propulsion systems we've seen in class. Because she is relatively lightweight with low horsepower engines she should excel at performance at reasonable speeds. That not only makes her less expensive to buy, but also less costly to operate.
It occurs to me that the Monte Carlo Yachts 65 might also render other motoryachts of the same size which are heavier, have much bigger engines and can go faster obsolete, or nearly so. Where there was once a craze to go 40 knots in a motoryacht, I think the bloom may well be off that lily. Cruising at 20 to 24 knots is fast enough for me, in fact, I am quite used to 20 knots, so that will make operation of the 65 even more advantageous. If I am right, then in the future people will be looking for economical boats to operate -- even in the rarified air of multi-million dollar yachts. And if that happens, then a boat such as the Monte Carlo Yachts 65 should be a hot ticket on the used boat market.
Test Result Highlights
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Test Results - Change Measurement Unit
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 is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.