What Dreams Are Made Of
Allow yourself to daydream for a moment. The sun’s out, you’re bank account’s overflowing and you’re gazing at an empty superyacht berth at Venice’s iconic St Mark’s Waterfront. Pencil and sketch pad in hand, what would you draw to fill that space? Chances are, whatever dream boat you sketch, it won’t be as sleek, intricate, or stylish as the flagship of the Monte Carlo Yachts range, the 32-meter, MCY 105.
Monte Carlo Yachts is a relatively new shipyard. Born in 2008, it has an illustrious parent in the form Beneteau, the French sail and motorboat manufacturer. Renowned for creating some of the swiftest race/cruise sailboats on the ocean, the Beneteau powers-that-be wanted to break into new, much longer, wider and more luxurious territory and thus, the Monte Carlo Yachts brand was born.
Now here’s a twist. You’d think with a Saint Gilles Croix de Vie-based parent company and being named after that rather exclusive Principality on the Mediterranean, that Monte Carlo Yachts would be French? It’s a logical thought process, but Beneteau wanted the best for its new project and therefor based the brand in Italy: the world leaders in luxury yacht production. And so, the Monte Carlo Yachts shipyard, located in Monfalcone, just around the coast from Venice, has a skilled and knowledgeable Italian workforce, not to mention some of the leading designer’s in the game on its doorstep. Talking of which… [Continued...]
High Fashion On The High Sea
In the fashion conscious world of the superyacht, the designer label-filled MCY 105 reigns supreme.
Italy has always been the home of style. The world’s greatest fashion houses were forged in the country’s creative juices and it also happens to be where Monte Carlo Yachts made its home. Technically, as Monte Carlo Yachts is owned by the mighty Beneteau Group, the shipyard’s actually French, but as the powers-that-be instinctively knew, there’s only one country that you can really design, build and furnish a superyacht - and that’s Italy.
Founded only nine years ago, Monte Carlo Yachts set up in the coastal town of Monfalcone, just a short trip down the coast from Venice. Being a major industrial centre for the manufacturing of ships, airplanes, textiles, chemicals and refined oil, the shipyard was granted the pick of the town’s craftsmen and engineers. Also at its disposal was the renowned design duo of Nuvolari Lenard, the exterior and interior designers of the MCY 105.
Carlo Nuvolari and Dan Lenard had already worked with Monte Carlo Yachts on its smaller range, so knew the shipyard’s stylistic DNA. Here, with the flagship, they gave her a sleek, masculine silhouette, with her steel grey hull contrasting perfectly with the gloss black detailing and the carbon fibre T-top roof. [Continued…]