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2020 MCY 76

In its short lifetime, the Italian shipyard Monte Carlo Yachts has constructed a mystique. It seemed to appear on the scene fully realized, as if from nowhere: great Italian design, innovative construction methods and a bulletproof self-confidence. When the company announced its arrival with a 76 at the 2010 Cannes boat show, the yachting world was quietly amazed. Competitors, meanwhile, were disquieted. The 76 won numerous awards.
Like most successful builders, though, look behind it and you find that there’s more going on than you imagined. MCY was set up by the Beneteau Group, the world’s biggest production boatbuilder, as a way of stealing market share in the burgeoning luxury motoryacht sector. At the helm was the redoubtable Carla Demaria who brought 20 years of production and senior management experience from Azimut. Nuvolari Lenard were engaged as designers.
Monte Carlo Yachts might have arrived fully formed, but it didn’t come from nowhere. It was assembled from tried and tested components.
This year, to mark its first decade in business, MCY has debuted not one but three new models, or rather three “new generation” yachts built on the success of their predecessors. They retain the family identity so carefully created and developed by Nuvolari Lenard, while moving the game on—not just with the significantly larger windows but also with more emphasis on creating interior space.
A celebratory summer launch of all three yachts on the waterfront at the Monfalcone shipyard gave me an opportunity to catch up with MCY’s thinking. The shipyard itself is one of the most impressive in the industry. The only other one I can recall where I wasn’t permitted to take photographs was, at the time, fitting out a superyacht for Queen Noor of Jordan.

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