Monte Carlo 6 is built in France but gets closer to the top range of Monte Carlo Yachts, or the “Italian cousins”. Smart solutions and fine materials are similar, while some extra weight hinders performance.
MC is the proper name of Monte Carlo brand, not to be confused with the luxury division of Beneteau Group named Monte Carlo Yachts and based in Monfalcone (near Trieste in Italy). MC boats feature a look and personality which place them straight in the luxury segment of their market, and Monte Carlo 6 is their flagship.
Monte Carlo 6: the deck
The boat, 18-meter-long and an unmistakable look, sports balanced volumes and a vertical bow whose hefty aspect is compensated by the side portholes, with the round one in the middle to mark the signature of Monte Carlo.
The increased size allowed to add a fixed hard top with sliding canvas, adding versatility without hindering the aspect. The upper deck is complete and boasts kitchenette, sun bed, helm station and dinette. The cockpit is therefore less focal, although another dinette and the galley (just past the salon door) make it another convivial area. The fore deck, inspired by the larger cousins, leaves the center part free for the manhole serving the cabin below. Two chaise longues on the sides turn into sofas and add further versatility. The swim platform gives access to the crew cabin, which is ever more requested since the key markets are now made by first-time boaters.
Monte Carlo 6: the interiors
Aligned with the class of the boat, the solutions for colors, materials, joinery and finishing are largely satisfactory, and in particular I appreciate the layout with the galley on the main deck and moved to aft, close to the back cockpit.
The dinette is just beside, to starboard, while the fore part of the salon is reserved for the helm station and the living. A large companion way leads to to the lower deck: three cabins (or two plus a small lounge) are well sized and feature en-suite bathroom with separate shower.
The master room is placed amidships and takes the largest beam: on one side the basin is visible from the room, so to let in the light from the large side window, and on the opposite side a tea-for-two works also as vanity corner or office. Shower and WC are split, behind two different doors. A standard VIP cabin to bow and a third one with separate beds complete the offer.
Monte Carlo 6: the test
The sea by Palma de Mallorca is far too calm. To test the hull of Monte Carlo 6 we have to repeatedly cross our wake, just to realize that the boat feels perfectly comfortable. Praise the design of the hull, and the rich interiors whose extra weight comes at hand in the situation. On the other hand, the fuel consumption is rather high when compared to the modest performance. Maneuverability is excellent though, and part of the merit goes to the Zeus transmissions coupled to the two Cummins QSC8.3 delivering 600 HP each. Talking of performance, even working on the trim tabs we are stuck at 28 knots, with 246 liters of fuel burning every hour. The minimum plane is just in excess of 12 knots, with the engines revving at 1900 rpm and the fuel need down to 82 liters per hour. It doesn’t come s big news that Monte Carlo 6 is quite thirsty, but on the other hand there’s an excellent boat, as even the noise readings tell: in the salon, with closed doors, the level of quietness is stunning.
As for the speed and consumption figures, a test by the manufacturer reckoned 28.3 knots of top speed at 3070 revs (which we couldn’t reach), with a consumption down to 181 lph. The numbers gets closer to ours when talking of cruise speed (around 20 knots) and slowest planing pace.
On BoatMag International you can read our full tests of Monte Carlo 5 and Monte Carlo 4S.
The numbers of Monte Carlo 6
Length overall 18.35 m (60 ft 2in)
Length hull LH 15.97 m (52 ft 5in)
Beam 4.93 m (16ft 2in)
Displacement 18840 Kg
Draft 1.17 m (3ft 10in)
Engines 2×600 HP
Fuel reserve 2200 l (581 US gal)
Fresh water reserve 800 l (211 US gal)
CE design category B-C-D
Design Nuovolari & Lenard, interiors Andreani Design
Calm sea, temperature 18°C (64° F), clean hull, fuel 500 l (132 US gal), water 400 l (106 US gal), passengers 4
With Cummins QSC8.3 Zeus 2×600 HP € 825.000 VAT and transportation not included, standard equipment