he MCY 96 falls between the 4-year-old MCY 86 and 2-year-old MCY 105 in the Monte Carlo Yachts lineup. The MCY 86 provides a conventional two-deck flybridge general arrangement, and the MCY 105 is the brand’s flagship, raised-pilothouse model. The MCY 96 has its own formula: a raised pilothouse and main-deck owner’s stateroom with three or four more staterooms below, plus quarters for five or six crew in three cabins. The design — with a capital D — force behind these models is Nuvolari Lenard, the Venice-based creative studio of Carlo Nuvolari and Dan Lenard. Space and volume, often best in class when it comes to Monte Carlo Yachts, are key ingredients in all that Nuvolari Lenard does. A host of more obvious design cues — sweeping sheers, high flared bows, Portuguese bridges, high bulwarks, bow lounges, flybridge overhangs, fashion-plate buttresses, tunnel side decks, sporty black hardtops and double-hoop portlights — add to the unique DNA of this brand. Shipyard of Kings Monte Carlo Yachts’ waterside yard is just outside Monfalcone, on Italy’s northeast border with Slovenia. And the word yard sounds way too folksy for what is one of the most advanced factories I’ve ever toured. During the MCY 80 launch party in July 2016, I attended a gala dinner in the facility’s painting booth, which was more impressive in all sorts of ways than some world-famous hotel ballrooms. When it’s not hosting guests, this space customizes exteriors, most often with a Dupont metallic paint job, a common owner’s choice. My test yacht, the first MCY 96, Mia, had a gold hull.