Italy’s Monte Carlo Yachts expanded its lineup this past year with the MCY 70 Skylounge, and it’s adding to its offerings again with an MCY 76 Skylounge. Like the its smaller sistership, the MCY 76 Skylounge has the builder’s signature high freeboard and overlaid circular hullside windows. Enclosing the flybridge adds interior volume, offers all-season cruising and creates an aft terrace.
The main deck is broad like a penthouse suite. Hull No. 1 has bleached-oak woodwork, light fabrics and white overheads, which add to the salon’s open feel along with the 6-foot-8-inch headroom. A single-pane windshield is flanked by curved side glass, creating panoramic vistas and allowing in ambient light.
Nestled under the forward windshield is a raised U-shaped settee with twin pedestal tables—perfect for a small group or a quiet breakfast. There’s an additional lounge to port. Amidships is another oasis for relaxing and enjoying the views.
The galley is aft with off-white cabinetry that hides the appliances while keeping them easily accessible. Twin undercounter fridge units allow for drinks to be kept in one side and food in the other. A freezer drawer, dishwasher, microwave oven and stowage are all beneath, with cabinets above. The only thing protruding from the counter is the faucet for the stainless-steel sink with an etched-glass backsplash. Hardwood soles should make for easy cleanup.
Since the MCY 76 Skylounge is a semicustom yacht, the galley can be moved forward, creating space for a formal dining table amidships and a salon lounge aft. In either configuration, alfresco dining on the aft deck is possible with a transom bench seat and room for loose chairs. Dual staircases lead to the hydraulic swim platform and maintain the flow of traffic.
The yacht’s sky lounge is accessible via a floating staircase amidships in the salon and has an all-weather social area with easy access to the captain. The owner of this yacht is an enthusiastic owner-operator; apparently, at times, the hired captain has to ask the owner if he can drive.
The helm has three 24-inch Raymarine multifunction displays set into individual, leather-wrapped pods. The dash also has space for just about any electronic controller or display that’s desired. An overhead console is ideal for displays that just need a glance periodically. Twin helm seats allow for a guest to join the captain. The armrests for the center chair have controls for the chart plotters, autopilot and manual rudder control.
An electric hardtop and separate skylight add to the open feeling, along with 6-foot-6-inch headroom, side windows and double-wide glass doors aft. This space also has a convertible portside sofa and a desk that makes for an office with a view. There is room for a TV and wine chiller in the cabinetry.
Through the aft doors is a terrace with 142 square feet of real estate. Ringed with stainless-steel rails for safety, the terrace is sized for lounge chairs, a sofa and/or tables. To starboard are a fridge and barbecue. Owners can use this space as a private sun deck, or a spot to sip cocktails and watch the world go by.
The accommodations on the lower deck include an amidships master stateroom that spans the 18-foot-10-inch beam. With a king berth, the stateroom is flanked by MCY’s circular windows and has 6-foot-6-inch headroom. This owner opted for extra stowage, with dressers flanking the berth, as well as a walk-in closet with drawers and shelves. There’s also a washer and dryer.
The two guest staterooms have twin berths and en suite heads. Forward is the VIP stateroom, with a centerline berth and a head. Crew quarters are aft with two cabins.
The MCY 76 Skylounge is designed to Certification Category A, which means it’s seaworthy for voyages with winds over Force 8 (34 to 40 knots) and wave heights above 13 feet. Not that anyone wants to cruise in those conditions, but the yacht is built to deal with them. The Quick stabilization system, which includes fins and interceptors, assists in creating a stable ride. Construction is vacuum infusion to ensure resin saturation through the fiberglass, Kevlar and carbon-fiber layers, while saving weight and reducing emissions.
The Monte Carlo Yacht 76 Skylounge takes a proven design and adds a high level of customization, all-weather cruising comfort and increased interior volume. It’s a recipe that should have broad appeal.
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