There are just 12 notes in a chromatic scale, but when arranged well, they create memorable melodies. And variations of those notes can make up new melodies that are also memorable.
Consider, then, that the Monte Carlo Yachts 70—a variation of MCY’s original 70-footer launched around seven years ago—builds on the notes that came before her. She adds new tones, textures and counterpoints, and in turn, a new melody.
The most influential design notes can be seen from inside and outside the yacht alike. Salon windows measure about 81 inches long by about 51 inches wide. When combined with newly cut-down bulwarks amidships, the windows create a wide-open connection to the sea. Another benefit of those windows is increased light beaming into the main deck. Yet more light comes through a single-pane windshield forward, also part of the yacht’s updated design.
The 70’s open floor plan—from the sliding cockpit doors to the lower helm forward—is home to white-oak cabinets and sole, and low-back furniture that lines up with the bottom of the windows. Black marble countertops and black-lacquered wood contrast with the white oak and give the MCY 70 a contemporary feeling.
Inset, blade-shaped glass stretches down the yacht’s hullside, flanking the forepeak VIP stateroom, which was previously outfitted with two rounded ports. The updated setup elongates the hull’s profile while lowering it visually, helping to give the yacht a sense of movement, even at anchor.
Some DNA signatures, such as rounded hullside windows and high freeboard forward, remain intact. Those rounded windows amidships, however, have increased in size by about 20 percent. Retaining signature traits is a purposeful move by Monte Carlo Yachts, which is taking an automotive-style approach to its designs. Dan Lenard, who helps to lead the Nuvolari Lenard design team that created the MCY 70, uses the analogy of a Porsche 911. He says that while the car is upgraded and enhanced over the years, brand enthusiasts still know a 911 at first glance. Such is the plan for the Monte Carlo Yachts line. Incremental, not radical, changes should ensure an identifiable look along with updated styling.
Having spent time on both the first- and second-generation MCY 70s, I find it interesting to see how seven years of knowledge helped the builder create a yacht that whistles a familiar tune, but with a musicality all her own.
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