Room to Move

The Monte Carlo 105 takes an im­pres­sive step over the 100-foot thresh­old.

Yachts International - - Contents - BY CHRIS CASWELL

Here’s tHe sce­nario wHen tHe own­ers of tHe Monte carlo 105 sHow tHeir guests to tHe ViP state­rooM on tHe lower deck:

Guest: “Oh, no, we couldn’t pos­si­bly take your owner’s state­room away from you!”

Owner: “You’re not. Our state­room is on the main deck.”

Guest: “You’re just be­ing a gra­cious host. Your state­room couldn’t pos­si­bly be big­ger than this one.” Owner: “Fol­low me to the main deck.” That is just one pos­si­ble sce­nario for sur­pris­ing guests aboard the Monte Carlo 105, be­cause the builder of­fers mul­ti­ple lay­outs. They all have the main-deck mas­ter, while the be­lowdecks op­tions in­clude the full-beam VIP men­tioned above along with a pair of guest state­rooms for­ward; or a pair of VIPs where the full-beam ver­sion might be; or a suite where the two for­ward guest state­rooms might be.

The owner op­tions on the lay­out are among sev­eral fea­tures that, with this 105, bring Monte Carlo into the megay­acht sec­tor. The builder’s first hull, a 76-footer, de­buted in 2010 and found buy­ers even though the year was not so great for the yacht­ing in­dus­try. Since then, Monte Carlo has brought out 65-, 70-, and 86-foot­ers, and now the MCY 105.

Monte Carlo’s start­ing point for the 105, as with all of its mod­els, was the Venice-based de­sign team of Nu­volari Le­nard, which is known for yachts into the hun­dreds of feet length over­all. The duo cre­ated clean lines that should re­main stylish for years, and did so with­out re­ly­ing on ir­ri­tat­ing fads. This styling pu­rity is car­ried through­out the Monte Carlo line, which is no­table for round win­dows that float like cheer­ful bubbles on its yachts’ top­sides. The 105 is a raised pi­lot­house mo­to­ry­acht, but the styling elim­i­nates the wed­ding cake look.

The pic­tures will give you the essence of the airy sa­lon, which (on this par­tic­u­lar 105) is all about

en­ter­tain­ment, from the lounge seat­ing that dou­bles as a me­dia space to the dining ta­ble for six to the bar over­look­ing the af­ter­deck dining. One rea­son for the open feel is the gal­ley-down lay­out, with the cook­ing es­sen­tials tucked into the crew quar­ters. (If this sa­lon doesn’t ring your bell, then Monte Carlo has a blank sheet of pa­per for you to en­vi­sion your per­fect de­sign.)

Just for­ward, the mas­ter suite has win­dows that make it seem loft-like in its airi­ness, and snowy Car­rara mar­ble lines the shower as well as the dou­ble-wide trough sink and coun­ters in the ensuite bath­room.

A cen­tral foyer on the lower deck opens to the guest ac­com­mo­da­tions. On this 105, the owner chose mir­rored state­rooms aft with an­gled berths. Just for­ward are a twin-berth state­room to star­board and a triple to port. The triple is un­usual in that it has no Pullman; in­stead, a full berth is above and out­board of the lower berth. It’s a great ar­range­ment for the grand­kids.

The pi­lot­house, like the gal­ley, is nearly in­vis­i­ble to guests. It has hid­den steps to the sa­lon, where a door opens to the side deck. Twin leather seats are be­hind the mon­i­tors that make slit win­dows of the steeply raked wind­screen. A pi­lot berth to star­board al­lows the off-watch to doze nearby.

A car­bon-fiber hard­top with open­ing sun­roof tops the fly­bridge, so own­ers can choose shade from the sun or broil­ing be­neath it. The helm is for­ward, and the bridge has a scat­ter­ing (owner’s choice) of chaises, sun­pads and set­tees, all lu­bri­cated by a built-in bar.

One de­sign el­e­ment that has steadily be­come more de­fined with each new Monte Carlo is the use of the fore­deck as a ter­race. On the 105, the side decks bend in­ward as though be­com­ing a Por­tuguese

bridge, but in­stead, they fun­nel guests onto a col­lec­tion of sun­pads with flip-up back­rests, all pro­tected by awnings on car­bon-fiber poles. On at least one 105, the owner opted for a TV screen at the bow, giv­ing the ef­fect of a 1950s drive-in movie the­ater.

Ac­cess to the fore­deck is se­cure with high bul­warks from the aft deck to the bow, capped by rails for­ward and tucked in­side dis­tinc­tive raked but­tresses.

Power for the 105 is as flex­i­ble as the lay­out, with a choice of 2,200- or 2,400-horse­power MTU 16-cylin­der V-drives. This Monte Carlo 105 has the 2,200-horse­power M84s, which the builder says gives her speeds in the mid-20-knot range.

While the 105 has a hy­draulic tran­som plat­form capable of lift­ing and hold­ing the ten­der, it also has a garage de­signed for a 13-foot (4-me­ter) Wil­liams jet ten­der. The garage shrinks the size of the en­gine room, but it also keeps eye-of­fend­ing clut­ter off the stern.

Crew have a sep­a­rate con­trol room just like those on su­pery­achts, al­low­ing them to man­age the yacht’s sys­tems in air-con­di­tioned com­fort with­out the roar of en­gines. And in spite of the garage, there is room for two stan­dard Sea­keeper gy­rosta­bi­liz­ers that should keep the 105 con­tin­u­ally sail­ing on a millpond.

A de­light­ful meld of Gal­lic élan and Ital­ian gusto, the Monte Carlo 105 is an im­pres­sive step over the 100-foot thresh­old for this builder.

above: Swoopy lines by Nu­volari Le­nard are clean and stylish, with blacked-out win­dows and soft edges.

above: The fly­bridge com­bines hard­top with sun­roof to pro­vide al­fresco liv­ing in all sea­sons.

above: The split-level on­deck mas­ter suite is loft-like and airy with over­sized win­dows.

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