The French con­nec­Tion

Yachts International - - Stern Lines -

Monte Carlo is a yacht­builder whose name gives away its se­cret. The prin­ci­pal­ity is planted firmly on the bor­der be­tween France and Italy, draw­ing the best of each. And so Monte Carlo Yachts was born of a French cor­po­ra­tion that builds its yachts in Italy, also draw­ing the best from each.

The brand is a di­vi­sion of the Beneteau Group, one of the world’s largest boat­builders. Un­til re­cently, Beneteau had fo­cused pri­mar­ily on midrange power and sail­ing yachts, but CEO Madame Roux de­cided to take on the midrange lux­ury mar­ket, go­ing headto-head with the likes of Sun­seeker, Princess and Az­imut. Roux re­cruited Carla De­maria, a vi­sion­ary at Az­imut-Benetti for more than two decades, to cre­ate a fresh line of lux­ury mo­to­ry­achts. And, though Beneteau has al­ways been French, De­maria wanted to bring Ital­ian élan and crafts­man­ship. That’s why the French builder placed the Monte Carlo plant on the Ital­ian Adri­atic.

The re­sult is an in­trigu­ing pair­ing of fash­ion houses such as Her­mès and Ar­mani, and of ma­te­ri­als such as Ital­ian mar­ble and French fab­ric. The col­lab­o­ra­tion de­fines a new Mediter­ranean style. —C.C.

LOA: 105’10” (32.26m) BEAM: 23’5” (7.15m) DRAFT: 7’9” (2.37m) CON­STRUC­TION: com­pos­ite fiber­glass DIS­PLACE­MENT: 104 tons (dry) EN­GINES: 2 x 2,200-hp MTU 16V 2000 M84 EN­GINES (op­tional): 2 x 2,400-hp MTU 16V 2000 M93 FUEL: 3,170 gal. (12,000L) WA­TER: 528 gal. (2,000L) SPEED (max): 27 knots SPEED (cruise): 23-24 knots CLAS­SI­FI­CA­TION: RINA Plea­sure or Char­ter Class NAVAL AR­CHI­TEC­TURE: Monte Carlo Yachts EX­TE­RIOR STYLING: Nu­volari Le­nard IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGN: Nu­volari Le­nard GUESTS: 8-11 CREW: 4

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