The Monte Carlo Yachts 76 has won more awards in the last year than any other motoryacht we can remember. Making this even more remarkable is that Monte Carlo Yachts which is owned by the Beneteau Group is a new endeavor, with plans to build a full line of motoryachts over 60" (18 m). Last fall we flew to Cannes to test this motoryacht and to see what all of the excitement was about.
|Length Overall||75' 7'' / 23 m|
46 000 kg
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||19.0 sec.|
|0 to 30||N/A|
|Load||7 person, 1/2 fuel, full water, 1/2 lbs. of gear|
|Climate||87 deg.; 29% humid.; wind: 0 MPH; seas; calm|
2 x 1200-hp MAN V8 with ZF POD 4000
2 x 1200-hp MAN V8 ZF POD
2 x 1400-hp MAN V12 V-Drive
By Capt. Steve Larivee
Contents of Report
- Distinguishing Features
- Handling Characteristics
- Test Results
- Displacement Speed.
- Features Walkthrough
- Main Deck Exterior
- Reflections on a Motoryacht
The Beneteau Group is the world's largest builder of sailboats and Europe's largest builder of powerboats up to 50’ (15 m). That is why, in my opinion, when Beneteau starts something new you can be sure it is going somewhere. I expect that the Monte Carlo Yachts brand name will become as well known and as well respected in the next few years as any in the large motoryacht business. Under Beneteau Group's sure hand the new Monte Carlo Yachts line is being developed carefully in concert with what the company calls "the new values of luxury." That means avoiding ostentation, yet still being elegant, seaworthy and chic. It also means building motoryachts with purpose and with functional harmony.
The Monte Carlo Yachts line is being designed by the Nuvolari & Lenard design team located in Venice, Italy and it states that its mission is to create a forward-looking vessel that does not go to extremes and embodies a classic style of motoryacht that will be in fashion for decades to come. Everywhere I looked on the boat I could find modern design solutions drawn from traditional nautical concepts. Currently, Monte Carlo Yachts has three models, the 65, 70 and the 76, with more on the drawing board to come soon. They are being built just outside Trieste on Italy's Adriatic coast in a state of the art facility with very high production capacity.
This four (or three) en suite stateroom yacht with crew's quarters is designed to be an elegant and technologically-advanced alternative to current inboard-powered motoryachts currently on the market. She is intended for people planning to cruise the Mediterranean or elsewhere in the world with family or friends at both planing and displacement speeds. The four en suite stateroom option has been designed with this goal in mind and at the same time allows her owner to put the MCY 76 in the charter trade for a premium. With her double tables and sun pads on the bow, her large aft deck, and her good-sized flying bridge, she is a floating entertainment platform able to handle more guests than most people have friends -- by day and night. Her mission is also to stay in style and not to become obsolete by means of a forward-looking design that builds on classic nautical roots.
Two important differentiating aspects of the boat are fuel efficiency and tasteful styling in keeping with the times in which we live. We like her main deck layout which features an open, aft galley in one of its options. In others, the galley is below the main deck dining area next to the crew quarters. In this way, the MCY 76 can satisfy both European convention which prefers the galley out of sight, and the American style of having a "country kitchen" with the dining area and galley together.
Four or Three Staterooms.
We like the MCY 76 with both stateroom solutions and crew's quarters below.
The four stateroom version has four en suite heads, plus crew quarters. This model will be ideal for people who cruise with family and friends or for chartering and should fetch a pretty penny in the Mediterranean during the summer. Or, if you prefer, one guest stateroom can be turned into an onboard office. With three en suite staterooms, the master stateroom is the most incredibly large and creative we have seen in class.
Huge Master Stateroom. In either the three or four stateroom versions, the master is large. But in the three stateroom model, the master is palatial, far larger than anything we have seen in this size range. Here, you will feel like a king.
The Monte Carlo Yachts 76 is one of the first large motoryachts to take advantage of pods and they pay off, not just in greater efficiency but also in handling both at the dock and offshore. The added efficiency gained by the dual-prop, aft-facing pods allows the engines to be lower horsepower and burn significantly less fuel than would be the case with straight inboards.
There are not many boats this size with a joystick. For owners of a 76' yacht who would also like to be owner/operators, the ZF joystick becomes the ticket to professional boat handling. If you choose the V-Drive version with a stern thruster, no worries, a very similar joystick is offered as standard so you’ll have nearly the same handling functions, including the sky-hook. Huge cruise ships have pods and joysticks, so why not 76’ yachts?
After the pods, perhaps one of the most important features of this boat is the width of its beam -- it is 18’6” (5.65 m). While some of that beam may be due to more bow flare than her rivals, one need only look at the accommodations plans to see how much more room there is athwartships in the MCY 76 at the waterline, where it counts. Added waterline beam pays off all over the boat, from the engine room, to the guest staterooms, the saloon and to the dining area opposite the galley -- or the galley below opposite the crews quarters.
Relatively Light Displacement
By using carbon fibers and Kevlar, and by having careful weight management, Monte Carlo Yachts has been able to build a boat that is actually significantly lighter than most boats in class.
As I mention in the video when I pulled away from the dock, the first thing I noticed was how nicely the Monte Carlo Yachts 76 handled at low speed. With the new ZF 4000 pods under the hull, the MCY 76 responded instantaneously, rather than having to wait for the effect of prop wash against a pair of rudders. Remember, a pod drive boat has no rudders! The ZF pods with joystick made some of the tight maneuvers around the dismantling of the Cannes International Boat Show a non-event. Now with the pods, even without the joystick engaged, I found that I have much more control over the yacht than I would have with conventional inboards with rudders. With the joystick, which is also a standard on the V-Drive version, it’s all a piece of cake even with a 50-ton boat that is 76' long.
At speed, she's equally responsive to the helm, allowing me to make quick course changes in response to the occasional pot buoys that dotted the coast of the Mediterranean.
When turning at cruising speed, the MCY 76 enters a roughly 3-degree bank that I found to be quite comfortable, and due to the limited throw of the pods at cruise, we made a full 360-degree turn in a little over three boat lengths. Naturally, I was able to tighten that radius considerably by slowing down and thus increasing the range of motion of the pod drives.
While it was severely calm on the Mediterranean on test day, having a major yachting port as our point of departure allowed us to take advantage of the wakes of the departing and arriving yachts and this showed how solid and stable the MCY 76 really is. She tends to slice right through the waves, and with her wide flared bows, the water is thrown well off to the sides, while remaining low enough to resist allowing the wind to spray the foredeck.
With an empty weight of 101,412 lbs. (46,000 kg), half fuel and 7 people onboard, we had a test weight of just under 106,700 lbs. (48,398 kg). We reached a top speed at 2280 rpm of 29.8 knots. At that speed, we were burning a combined 125.2 gph (474 lph) for a range of 227 nautical miles, powered by the twin MAN 1200-hp engines.
Best cruise came in just above planing speed at 1750 rpm and 19 knots. Now we had a fuel burn of 67.3 gph (254.8 lph) for a range of 268 miles. This is a positive fuel consumption number at 19 knots for so large a boat. We reached planing speed in 19 seconds.
If you want to go for distance, then back the speed off and you'll really be going places. At the idle speed of 6.4 kts -- the same as some expedition trawlers -- the MCY 76 had a range of 1,900 nautical miles burning only 3.2 gph (12.1 lph). At 10 kts, she'll go for 616 nautical miles. That is a comfortable speed for many large cruising yachts so just because you can go nearly 30 knots, don't feel as if you have to. The ranges above are calculated considering the standard fuel tanks which have a total capacity of 1,057 US gals. (4,000 L). On request, larger fuel tanks are available, with a total capacity of 1,374 US gals. (5,200 L) the useful range will considerably increase. While engines like these like to be loaded, remember their longevity has to do more with how much fuel is burned in them, not how many hours they are run. Think Greek Islands, or the inside passage to Alaska because with that kind of range you can easily do passages such as those.
The upper helm electronics panel is concealed in a retractable lift in the console. It houses two 15” (38.1 cm) displays and a pair of MAN engine monitor screens that are selectable to display whatever you may wish. The wheel is leather wrapped as standard and fell right to my fingertips in the standing position (I'm 5' 8.5" - 1.74 m tall) and visibility is outstanding, including being able to see the swim platform through the companionway.
Next to the upper helm is a large sun pad and all through the MCY 76, whenever there's a cushion, there's storage underneath. The sun pad extends aft into a sofa with pedestal bases concealed under a pair of teak cubes. The table stores in its dedicated spot under the sun pad, and when in storage, the cubes protect you from the edges of the bases underneath and double as coffee tables. It's a nice touch when you don't want a full-sized teak table taking up space. When you want to utilize the table, pull off the cubes, and place the table on top of the stainless table mounts. Then you can raise and lower the table with a switch at the helm. So what do you do with the cubes? They store in a dedicated "garage" in the radar mast.
The boat deck is aft and relatively small for this size yacht, but the flybridge layout has been designed to maximize the big living area in the middle. Case in point was our test boat. There were teak chaise lounge chairs on the boat deck, and the hydraulically activated swim platform was the dedicated home to the tender. The companionway is covered with a clear hatch that locks to protect the contents of your bridge deck and to prevent a mishap.
Main Deck Exterior
There's a lot going on in the aft deck. I measured 16' (4.9 m) across by 9.5' (2.9 m) fore and aft. In the center is a table that seats 8 with a few nice features of its own. My first glance showed two levels making an ideal buffet table. A hinge is in the center to close a folded half making a single level dining table. A switch on the side bulkhead raises and lowers the table automatically increasing its utility by making it a coffee table as well. To both sides of the cockpit were two sofas, a unique feature that I immediately liked, and again, all cushions have storage underneath. In the corners of the cockpit were two beefy cleats and warping winches. The cockpit is accessed from the swim platform by stairs to both sides with a passerelle retracted into the steps to port.
In the center of the starboard side is a clever door to the saloon. It lies flush with the cabin side and the touch of a button releases the watertight seal and allows for opening. In the open position, you still have ample room for traversing the deck. Close the door and it automatically seals itself shut again. I'm starting to see how this MCY 76 has won so many awards.
Not being a sun worshiper I probably didn't grasp the full functionality and comfort of the forward lounge area, but it certainly allows for entertaining a lot of people in style. The sun pads have flip-up seat backs and storage that is, as usual, all throughout the 76, under each cushion and there are side panels for additional storage access. Both tables raise and lower at the touch of a button. At the bow is a step-down to the working area. Two hatches flank the anchor windlass. To port is fender and line storage that goes quite deep. To starboard is an anchor washdown, a remote for the windlass (to supplement the foot controls), and a fire fighting hose… all standard.
For starters, the overhead is 6' 7" (2 m). The aft glass doors open flush against the bulkhead for a triple wide opening which really brings the outdoors in. The windows are low enough to present a view of the horizon line from the seated position, and my experience with non-boaters has shown that this does a remarkable job of keeping mal de mer at bay.
The glass dining table is a work of functional art. It's secured to the deck with thumb screws so it holds position in a seaway, but can be moved easily if desired. There are glass leaves under the table that swing out and rotate to the level of the fixed panels so adding a seating area is simple and clever. To my eye, the entire saloon has a bit of a monochromatic look to it, but it's self-evident that this is exactly the way the owner wanted his boat. Monte Carlo Yachts will use any combination of colors and finishes to suit your desires as they are building semi-custom yachts.
The lower helm offers outstanding sightlines thanks to the 360-degrees of glass in the saloon deck. Two 19" (48.3 cm) displays keep you informed of situational matters, and the starboard display is dedicated to the ship's systems and is fully customizable. Operating the 76 was equally comfortable from this lower helm as the upper.
I've rarely seen a warmer and more inviting master stateroom. There are indirect lights throughout for subdued nighttime viewing, and in the daytime, there seems to be as much light in this stateroom as on the foredeck. The head is open on this boat with separate water closet and shower flanking the dual sinks. All water drains are hidden under marble plates. Forward is a large walk-in closet next to a 32" (81.3 cm) TV. All the same style of textured teak and leather seen from the deck above is repeated in this deck. Stepping out into the companionway shows more of the bronze relief art that we saw in the master. The three guest staterooms are all en suite with the port head also having access to the companionway allowing it to double as a day head right at the bottom of the stairs.
The first two guest staterooms are mirror images of each other with the exception of the starboard having a larger head thanks to the lack of a second door that the first features, as it doubles as a day head.
The VIP is just as luxurious as the two guest staterooms but the difference is an island queen as opposed to single berths. A private ensuite head is just abaft and to port.
Galley and Crew
On the MCY 76 tested, the galley was down the aft stairway from the main saloon and opposite the crew quarters. There's a top-loading freezer so that when you open it the contents don't dump out onto the deck. A Dietrich flat surface stove is next with an opening portlight and an overhead vent to keep odors to a minimum. There's storage above and behind the sink. There is counter space for food prep. Below are a Miele dishwasher and convection oven. The decking is all easy to clean aluminum tile, and there's a Miele full sized fridge. This is definitely a European-style galley and I doubt that many Americans would go for it, and certainly not in owner/operator situations. But here again, Monte Carlo Yachts offers the country kitchen on the main deck and many possible layout configurations to accommodate your specific requirements.
Reflections on a Motoryacht
Overall, I have to say that my experience on the MCY 76 left me with a solid impression of a stunning yacht, expertly finished, with creative use of space and innovative design features throughout. Her handling was outstanding, and being on and around the yacht felt luxurious and completely comfortable. In my opinion, this boat has been done right in so many ways.