By David Mittelberg ~ May 15th, 2013. Filed under: New Boats.
The latest launch from Group Beneteau received a standing ovation at the world debut in January 2013 at the Dusseldorf Boat Show.
The Monte Carlo 5
A luxury yacht
under 60 feet
with superyacht style
by Liz Pasch
Now the dream of owning a yacht becomes affordable and attainable for many. Adding to their other successful powerboat brands—Swift Trawlers, Gran Turismo sport cruisers and the Barracuda 7 built in France—the Beneteau Group launched their yacht segment in 2011 with the 76′ Monte Carlo built in Italy. A scant two years later they’ve launched three more models, the 65′, 70′, and now the Monte Carlo 5 (MC5).
Clearly, the builder’s vision was to provide luxury and style in a smaller package and in so doing, make ownership of an Italian yacht possible. With three staterooms, two heads, optional crew cabin aft, and flying bridge, the MC5 (49’10″ LOA, 14’1″ beam) offers as much or even more than some yachts 10–feet longer, and that’s above the waterline.
Beneteau partnered with naval architects Tanguy Le Bihan and Patrick Tableau to develop the MC5′s hull they coined as “wave-splitter.” The bow’s sharp entry point is designed to slice the water and divert for optimum efficiency and stability.
The MC5 will make her U.S. debut at the 2013 Annapolis Boat Show in October.
Displacement: 29,093 lbs.
Fuel/Water: 172/2×87 U.S. gals.
Engines: Volvo IPS 500/Volvo IPS 600