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Boat location: Wanssum / The Netherlands
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The Monte Carlo line is built by Beneteau in France, and if we've learned one thing from them, it's that the craftsmen at Beneteau have a knack for getting it right. This Monte Carlo 47 is one of the most sought versions with triple cabins and the enormous galley. Noteworthy aspect of this boat is that it is one of the most comfortable riding boats in this class we have ever sold.
While handling the Monte Carlo 47, it quickly became apparent that everything about the way this boat handled was different -- and for the better! By that I mean not pounding into a wave, but rather cutting through it, not slamming down in re-entry after catching air, and no over-wide turns at full speed as often occurs with pod drives. It seems clear to me that the design of the hull matched to the IPS pods really comes together in the 47 hard top The first difference you'll likely notice is in the acceleration curve. Our 17.616kgs Monte Carlo 47 reached 20 knots in only 6.9 seconds. That is remarkable for a boat this long and heavy. While a fast time to plane is not in itself particularly useful in a boat of this type, it does dramatically illustrate that something fundamentally different is going on under this boat. With the twin 435-hp Volvo Penta D6 engines and IPS600 pods, we reached a top speed of 29.7 knots at 3600 rpm.
Handling the 47
There was also a marked difference in the way the 47 handles. She seemed to have a much quicker response to the helm than I've come to expect. Twin pod drives had us cranking around in a very tight turn radius, but it did so with a gentle roll into the turn so neither I, nor the mechanics onboard producing our data reports (GrandYachts standard) felt the need to hold on in order to prevent being tossed out of our seats. Likewise, none of the contents of the cupboards down below found their way to the deck. More importantly, the main benefit was in how the 47 handles in the large waves.
Powering straight into 1.5m wake had me bracing for an impact that never came. We sliced through cleanly and effortlessly and continued on our merry way. Approaching from the backside of the wave had similar results, with no tendency to stuff the bow or push the stern off course. As a matter of fact, I did everything I could to try and get spray on the windshield and failed. The simple fact is, the more I drove this boat…the more I liked the way it handled.
Features an electric sliding roof
So now that we've determined that we are selling an exceptionally good handling boat, let's take a look at the features from the top down. The optional flybridge is well laid out for entertaining with a roomy L-shaped settee aft. There's a solid wood table that will transform the aft settee into a sun pad. In the folded position the table reveals a grab handle that serves double duty of supporting the table in the extended position. There is a hatch over the companionway that will allow you to lock out access to the flybridge when not onboard, and provide safety for younger occupants while underway. A safety rail surrounds the companionway as well.
The helm is forward and centre-mounted with double bucket seats that swivel and slide. To the left is a Raymarine navigation display, and while it faces the captain, its location in front of the observer allows another person to take part in the navigation. The entire starboard side of the flybridge is all seating that extends from the aft settee fully forward. The forward section culminates in a chaise lounge and a refrigerated drawer is located underneath the seat right next to the helm.
Side Decks and Bow Features
Accessing the side decks is a simple affair thanks to the grab handle at the aft end of the hardtop. Once on deck, a second grab handle runs along the hardtop, and by the time that rail ends, the side rails are at 76.2 cm high, which exceeds ABYC standards. There is a raised toe rail that does a very good job of keeping your feet in the centre of the deck. At the working end of the bow, the deck slopes downward just a bit, while the rail stays level. This has the effect of increasing the rail height to 89 cm once you reach the ground tackle. I have to take my hat off to the designers for insisting on these high safety rails. Too many builders keep them low to make the boat look "cool." Unfortunately, they are not as safe. Fully forward there are two hatches that lead you to the windlass, and you are able to reach under the windlass through a hatch to manage any tangles that may occur. A nice touch is the foredeck that is covered in teak. A double-wide sun pad lies over the cabin, and it is in a fixed position. There are two rails to the sides and stainless drink holders. Standing on the cabin roof showed a solid deck with no flexing or oil canning, even when I jumped up and down on it (for reference, I'm 78 kgs)
Cockpit and Swim Platform
This Monte Carlo 47 benefits of having a mirrored glass sliding door. The cockpit measures 2.69 m x 2.24 m and features teak decking and a solid wood table that is on an adjustable pedestal that raises it to dining position, and lowers to sun pad level. A settee seats 5-6 and there's room for two deck chairs for two to three more. An entertainment centre with sink, grill and fridge is forward and to port. In the deck is a hatch leading to the engine compartment. Under the seats is storage that holds two life rafts. The swim platform integrates Teflon rollers that folds out to assist pulling the tender inside by the touch of a button. The tender garage is big enough to accommodate a 2.5 m RIB with the outboard attached. A Williams 280 will also fit easily.
The saloon features C-shaped seating on a raised platform. A table offers versatility in that it rises to buffet height, or lowers to dining height. To starboard is a credenza with storage cabinets below, and a retractable 32” flatscreen. This MC47 is also fitted with a 4G LTE marine internet system that will hook up your kids in no time.
The helm really has it all, and you'll be just as happy operating from this station as from the remote on her autopilot. The ergonomics are spot on perfect as far as I'm concerned, with everything falling right to the hand in a natural position. Beneteau has taken non-glare panels to another level with a leather and suede back panel, piano black top panel housing the electronics packages. The look is outstanding. The opening side windows are great, allowing fresh air to flow across the cabin.
The galley is centrally located in the accommodations deck and is well laid out, and even has some innovations. Under the sink are the trash bins (double) which shows Beneteau's thoughts on recycling. Just to the left is a clever storage area that consists of wire shelving. When you pull one out, another falls into place, in effect doubling your storage capacity. There is a full sized refrigerator/freezer behind wood panelled doors, and just next to the fridge is a narrow set of cabinets with pull out storage that recesses into the cabinet housing. This makes for a galley with as much storage as much larger yachts we’ve sold. The Monte Carlo is even fitted with a dishwasher, just under the silverware drawer and not to forget a good sized washing machine and tumble dryer that is found under the staircase in the galley.
Opposite from the galley is the fully integrated 3rd cabin with a twin berth layout that comes as standard with an infill that converts the two berths to a full double. Of course this cabin houses spacious lockers and other storage for your guests wardrobe.
The forward stateroom has an island queen berth, with storage all around. There's natural light coming in from elongated hull side windows with opening portlights just abaft. An overhead hatch adds to the natural light. On the starboard side there's access to the head, and from the stateroom you would enter through the shower. A second access allows this head to double as a day head. Interestingly enough, this head has more storage capacity than most staterooms I've seen.
The aft stateroom is clearly the master. It's full beam with good headroom to the port side at 1.85m. On both sides a wonderful view out the hull side windows is found and it's on an elevated platform 2-4 cm above the deck. Above that step the headroom increases to even 1.9 m. The master has an ensuite head with very high ceilings at 2.39 m! There's a separate shower stall with a seat, and Beneteau added the sinks to the top of the counter rather than recessed into the counters. It just provides more space for storage below and it is the stylish way of doing it these days.
Engines, gen-set, gearbox, hydraulics and controls:
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