There’s a explicit line on the MCY 66 you could’t assist however discover. It begins on the bow and sweeps gently previous broad shoulders, beneath the flybridge helps and tapers to a fragile summit on the transom.
It’s so easy and chic, but it surely provides the boat an unmistakable profile and, for a craft over 20m in size and 36 tonnes, a tightness and proportional steadiness distinctive amongst its competitors.
Carlo Nuvolari, who designed and engineered the 66 with Nuvolari-Lenard companion Dan Lenard, speaks of ‘evolution not revolution’ with this boat.
The MCY 65 it replaces was equally engaging. The 66 is extra cohesive, but retains the recognisable Monte Carlo Yachts cues of flared bow, round hull home windows and the clamshell define of the superstructure. In a world of high-sided floating flats, the MCY 66 is a breath of recent air.
The designers might discuss with evolution, however the boat isn’t any mere spruce-up of the 65. It’s an all-new boat from prime to backside, with a recent hull design and a flybridge deck that’s the identical measurement as that on the previous MCY 70, a mannequin succeeded this January by its namesake, the primary of what the model calls its ‘second technology’ of fashions, with the 66 subsequent to reach.
In most areas, the 66 feels bigger than it’s, partly right down to issues just like the part-covered aspect decks, substantial hardtop and clever foredeck, and partly because of the quantity of the hull and the headroom this delivers throughout the lodging.
The supplies are a category above, too, particularly the likes of purple Calcutta marble on the galley tops and saloon desk. Costly prospers of this nature usually are not at all times anticipated on a ship of this measurement.
It’s the identical story within the cockpit the place the flybridge overhang, double entry factors from the showering platform, substantial mooring gear and house for freestanding chairs across the desk add to the impression that you just’ve stepped aboard a much bigger craft. This, in spite of everything, is a variety that began life in 2010 with a 76 and has a 105 as its flagship, so the Italian yard is aware of a factor or two about constructing boats on such a scale.
It’s onerous to decide on between the deck areas as a result of all of them provide one thing somewhat completely different. The cockpit is nicely protected and inside straightforward attain of the aft galley within the saloon.
The flybridge feels huge and is flexible due to the sunroof embedded throughout the hardtop, plus a wetbar with all of the facilities wanted to maintain company fed and watered.
And the foredeck is sort of probably the best within the class aside from Galeon’s 640. Its Portuguese bridge type permits straightforward passage backward and forward and the central walkway has a superyacht really feel about it.
All the space may be shaded with a Bedouin-style canvas and it’s a super spot for some secluded sundowners for those who’re moored stern to the jetty.
The principle deck has a cool, beachy vibe attributable to a décor that includes a light-weight palette with darkish highlights within the flooring and Venetian blinds. Mild sycamore makes up the majority of the woodwork and lends brightness to an inside that’s already endowed with a beneficiant provide of pure gentle due to large saloon home windows.
There isn’t as a lot pure gentle on the decrease deck, however clever use of oblique synthetic lighting gives an inviting heat that’s welcome within the sleeping areas. The complete-beam main bedroom feels enormous and is with out obstructions on the ground or overhead till you get near the aft finish.
There’s house for a classy self-importance station within the entrance corridor and the walk-around mattress is flanked by snug low-slung sofas. There’s considerate detailing down right here as nicely, just like the rose-gold wraps on drawer and cabinet handles, in addition to a chunky, leather-encased handhold that runs from flooring to ceiling on the toilet bulkhead.
Visitor lodging includes a VIP en-suite ahead and a twin cabin to starboard, which additionally has an en-suite, though it performs the a part of day head, too. The VIP is clearly the decide of the visitor cabins, however the twin is as nicely completed because the double cabins and has a good quantity of pure gentle by way of engaging portholes.
For crew, there’s a well-appointed twin cabin aft, with bathe and bathroom, accessed through a door within the transom. It’s compact, so not best for lengthy durations at sea, however will do the job for the occasional in a single day keep.
Each helm stations endure the identical pitfalls of not-enough adjustment and driving positions that do little to interact the individual on the helm. It is a boat arrange for cruising and can spend most of its life on autopilot, but it surely wouldn’t damage so as to add some adjustment to the seats so the helmsman can sit nearer to the main controls. They each lack storage for free gadgets, however the yard says it’s trying into an answer.
The annoyances soften away in cruise, although, with the meaty but refined Man 1,200hp V8s effortlessly driving the 66 by way of the water with little or no to disturb the peace on board.
Even at its 26-knot cruising velocity, sound ranges stay nicely beneath 70 decibels and there may be such effortlessness to its progress that lengthy journeys gained’t really feel a chore. Though 30 knots is a superbly achievable prime velocity, it’s the low to mid-20s the place the boat feels most snug and at a laid-back cruise of 22 knots, the engines are utilizing a mixed 293 litres per hour.
Fin or gyro stabilisers are supplied on the 66, however the benign circumstances of our sea trial did little to immediate using the Seakeeper fitted to the check boat. The gas tanks are mounted midships and as little as they’ll probably be within the hull, so weight distribution is nice, that means the boat has a snug pure operating perspective with out the necessity to depend on the trim tabs.
Monte Carlo Yachts has by no means been afraid to do issues otherwise, be it the modular manner during which it constructs its boats or the way in which they give the impression of being. Chief Govt Fabrizio Iarrera makes the purpose that to encourage prospects into the model, it’s a must to start with the aesthetic, however with the MCY 66 the attraction runs far deeper than that.
It’s solidly engineered, attractively embellished and has among the most interesting deck areas within the sector. A case then, if ever there was one, of magnificence being greater than pores and skin deep.
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