PARKER MONACO 110
TESTED The two-cabin outboard-powered Monaco has a remarkable turn of pace
LOA 37ft 1in (11.3m) BEAM 11ft 11in (3.63m) ENGINES Twin 150-350hp Mercury TOP SPEED ON TEST 38 knots FUEL CONSUMPTION AT 20 KNOTS 80lph PRICE FROM £216,000 inc VAT PRICE AS TESTED £325,000 inc VAT CONTACT Sussex Boat Shop www.parkerpoland.eu
This is Parker’s first step up into the big league and it has done it in some style. With its trendy vertical bow, swooping hull windows and sleek coupé styling from the pen of British designer Tony Castro, the 37ft Monaco looks uncannily like a bigger, sexier Sealine C330. The big difference with its German-built rival is that the Parker Monaco is currently only available with outboard power; in our test boat’s case a pair of thumping great supercharged Mercury 300hp Verados.
These outboard engines are both its greatest asset and its biggest weakness. If it’s performance you’re after there’s no arguing with our top speed on test of 38 knots, which is delivered in the typically smooth, civilised tones of a modern petrol engine (at idle you won’t even know they’re running). And the fact you can lift them negates any concerns over fouling and corrosion. On the other hand, keeping them fed with costly unleaded rather than more readily available and affordable red diesel will take some swallowing, even if the actual quantity of fuel used at a cruising speed of 20 knots is not wildly different (80lph for the petrol Parker v 60lph for the diesel C330).
There’s also the question of whether owners of this type of boat really want to be hammering along at 38 knots. In any kind of a head sea those broad chines transmit quite a bit of rattling and banging at speeds above 30 knots, although our test boat was a well-used prototype with an unusually stern-heavy spec that might have affected both its running angle and its refinement under way. It certainly felt more comfortable cruising at 20-26 knots with the engines barely trying and the tabs down to keep the narrower bow sections slicing through the chop. That’s not to say that you can’t have a bit of fun when the mood takes you thanks to light, responsive steering and a usefully tight turning circle. Push it hard and you can even get the back end to slip out without any drama.
However, the Monaco really comes into its own when the action stops and you drop the hook for the day. With its bifold doors, lift-up galley window, opening helm door and large (but expensive) optional sunroof, the main deck living space is wonderfully light, open and well-ventilated but equally easy to close up and keep warm in the colder months. The aft galley is perfectly situated to serve both the cockpit and the dinette but also hides away under a folding wooden countertop when not in use. And the helm itself is well thought out with good sightlines all round and a folding step
enabling you to stand and look through the sunroof for close-quarters work.
The outside spaces are just as well considered, with gates on either side of the cockpit down to the twin bathing platforms, a second outside fridge for cockpit drinks, an aft bench that lifts up to expand the size of the sunbed over the engines and a second sunbathing area on the foredeck. The side decks are wide enough to walk along and the helm door makes single-handed berthing that much easier. A prominent bow roller ensures the anchor stays well clear of that upright bow.
The forward master cabin is the main beneficiary of those big hull windows and along with a central strip of skylights ensures it radiates with natural light. Light oak cabinets, a proper sprung mattress and lots of storage lockers and drawers tick all the key cruising boxes. The guest cabin is pretty spacious too with room to stand at the entrance and decent headroom on one side of the double bed. Both cabins share the same bathroom but it’s a good size with a separate shower stall and ensuite access from the master cabin.
Our test boat was loaded up to the eyeballs with a generator, air-con, heating, teak decks, sunroof, radar and much more, which pushed the price up to a rather punchy £325,000 inc VAT. Settle for a lower spec with smaller 200hp engines and you could get on the water for less than £250,000. At that price it would make a pleasant day boat or coastal weekender and undercut a similarly specified and slightly smaller Sealine C330 with twin 220hp Volvo D3s – provided you could live with outboard petrol rather than diesel inboard power.
Outboard power affords the 110 impressive top-end speed
ABOVE Thoughtfully considered helm offers optimum sightlines
The Monaco sliced through the chop with little complaint