The debut of a luxury cruiser like the 86 from Monte Carlo Yachts is always exciting, but today, it also serves as evidence that people who love boats are ready to start having fun again. They’re putting the grim days of belt tightening behind them and memories of the great recession in their wake. And they’re ready to start buying yachts again. Builders, too, seem to be embracing that optimism. There’s evidence of that in news of new models, like this one.
Monte Carlo is still a relatively new name in the luxury yacht marketplace. The brand was launched by the Beneteau Group, the world’s largest boatbuilder, in 2008. Beneteau is French, but the company made a strategic decision to build the Monte Carlo line in Italy and to engage the design services of Nuvolari-Lenard in Venice, an outfit that’s been called the superyacht supremos" due to an impressive portfolio. The team’s early efforts were successful; so much so that in four short years Monte Carlo had three beautifully styled and expertly engineered models in its stable: the 65 (see Monte Carlo Yachts 65: Mini Megayacht for the Owner-Operator), 70 and 76, each of which has received critical praise and multiple design awards from industry associations around the world. Now Monte Carlo will cap this success with a new flagship, the 86, which is scheduled to debut at the Cannes boat show in September of 2013.
Like its siblings, the 86 will be based on advanced construction techniques. The hull will reportedly be a stiff, monocoque sandwich designed without longitudinal stringers and laminated with a considerable amount of Kevlar. Those who have toured the Monte Carlo production facility say it has more similarities to the aviation industry than to yacht building. The builder employs rigid aluminum substructures under subfloors, foam cores and honeycomb structural elements, all of which make for a lightweight build that can perform well with less horsepower.
The 86 will also share the lines of the other yachts in the Monte Carlo series, only on a larger, more elaborate scale. And many of the signature features of the smaller models will be here, too, taken up to another level. The foredeck, for instance, is really more like an outdoor room, with adjustable lounges, settees and table, all of which can be covered by a shade for protection from the sun, and to create a feeling of privacy for guests. According to Monte Carlo, no other yacht under 30 meters provides an outdoor entertaining area like this one. For access to the bridge, there are wide side-decks that lead aft to a Portuguese bridge, which is also a hallmark of the brand.
The foredeck is one of three entertaining areas on board. There’s also the flybridge, which can be covered with a slick carbon fiber hard top and fitted with a hot tub, and the cockpit that leads into the salon, where Monte Carlo’s signature sense of style and high-fashion is really on display. This space is embellished with materials and fabrics from the powerhouses of the cat-walk world, including Hermes, Armani, and Pierre Frey. New on the 86, says the builder, are opening platforms on either side of the salon, which function like terraces to give guests incomparable views of the horizon from inside the boat.
Like any flagship worth its weight in fiberglass, this one goes where no other model in the line has gone before. On the 86, Monte Carlo increases the degree to which the boat can be customized. There are multiple layout configurations for all three decks, including the accommodations level below, where an owner can request three, four or five cabins. Typically, the master stateroom is a full-beam affair and can be fitted with a sizable office and walk-in closet. More high-end materials are on this level, such as cedarstone marble, mocha cream limestone and Murano glass that’s hand-made in Italy. And let’s not forget the Venetian mosaic tile in the head. The 86 is also available with private quarters for crew.
Any yacht enthusiast with a penchant for high tech and an eye for fine finish and designer names can get excited about the 86. The world premiere of Monte Carlo’s new flagship is still a few months away, but it seems the launch will be worth the wait.
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