Here’s the 60-feeter of the MC range: the Monte Carlo 6 gains some meters towards the territory of the high end models built in Italy. Excellent finish and care for the details, while performance is a bit hindered.
Since the first moments I liked the Monte Carlo models, or better the MC, not to get confused with the ones built in Monfalcone, Italy. This new Monte Carlo 6 confirms my idea: without the ultra-refined solutions of the Italian siblings, also the ones built in France at Beneteau keep the same personality and a charm that put them in the top end of their market segment. The Monte Carlo 6 is the flagship of this French range, and the peculiar points have been even improved with excellent results.
The deck of Montecarlo 6
The style is unmistakable; even growing up to 18 meters didn’t hinder the good balance between the volumes that marks already the MC4 and MC5.
The almost vertical bow gives a sturdy yet not bulky look, which is further streamlined by the side windows and the circular porthole which is a trade mark of Monte Carlo. The larger volumes allowed to adopt a hard top (with a soft, sliding roof) on the flybridge, increasing the versatility of the upper deck. A dinette, galley cabinet, bow sun bed and a second helm station create a complete environment where everybody can stay. The aft cockpit features a dinette which is more of an extension of the salon, thanks to the opening doors and the rear position of the main galley.
To bow, a traditional sunpad is replaced by a couple of chaise-longues adjustable in many positions: they can turn from beds to seats and leave enough space in the middle for the manholes that let light into the fore cabin beneath. The crew cabin, almost mandatory for the emerging markets, is accessible from the swim platform.
Interiors of Montecarlo 6
The boat featured in the photos is sold, therefore she’s finished according to the owner’s specs. The solutions for the interiors are aligned with the usual standards of the boatyard, with an exception for the massive pilot’s seat. My appreciation for the smart ideas, the color palette, the care of the finishing goes to all the Monte Carlo range, not only to this MC6.
I strongly support the choice of positioning the galley on the main deck, and in particular to the back by the cockpit. The inside dinette lays to starboard, while the lounge area is located aside the helm station, so guests can share the experience of navigation with the captain.
A comfortable staircase leads to the lower deck where three cabins (or two with a living) are well sized and boast their own en-suite with shower box. The owner’s room is located amidships and takes the whole beam of the boat, with a “daylight” basin on the starboard side and an office on the port one. Shower and WC have their own, separate spaces while the bed is in the middle to the rear. The VIP cabin is the one to fore, while the third one is to starboard and features two single beds.
The test of Montecarlo 6
Out of Palma de Mallorca harbor, long waves put to test the stomach of the delicate boaters, but especially the hull of a large boat. The Monte Carlo 6 faces the waves with determination, thanks to a well designed hull and surely to the important displacement, given the rich furnishing. For the same reason, unfortunately, the fuel consumption is rather high when compared to an average performance.
On the other hand, handling is excellent, thanks to the Zeus transmissions coupled to the twin Cummins QSC8.3 delivering 600 HP each. Talking of speed, I can’t get over 28 knots, even working on the trim tabs, and the fuel is burned at 285 liters per hour! The minimum planing speed is 12.3 knots at a rather hig 2070 rpm, for a need of 98 lph. This means a quite expensive maintenance for a boat which is excellent in any other aspect. What I reckon with the sound-meter is an impressively low level of noise, to confirm the careful construction. During another test, the boatyard measured the same levels of consumption which I read at cruising pace (20 knots) and at minimum plane, but at the top speed they witnessed 181 lph, over 100 liters less than in my case.
Length overall 18,22 mt (59ft 9in)
Length hull LH 15,97 mt (52ft 5 in)
Beam 4,93 mt (16ft 2in)
Displacement 18846 Kg
Draft 1,17 mt (46in)
Engines 2×600 HP
Fuel tank 2200 lt (581 US gal)
Water tank 800 lt (211 US gal)
CE certification B-C-D
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Moderate sea, temperature 18° C (64° F), clean hull, fuel 1800 lt (475 US gal), water 600 lt (158 US gal), passengers 7
Price: With Cummins QSC8.3 2x600HP€ 790.000 with standard features, excluding VAT and transportation