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Monte Carlo Yachts 70 (2020-)

w/ 2 x 1200-hp MAN V8 J Drive ZF

Brief Summary

Monte Carlo Yachts has announced the new Monte Carlo Yachts 70 for 2020. Different from the original 2014 Monte Carlo Yachts 70, this “second generation” MCY has interior volume that has been expanded to provide more livable area, while at the same time, high ceilings and larger windows both above and below decks maximize the natural light and feeling of openness. She’s customizable so no two are exactly alike. 

Key Features

  • Flybridge
  • Carbon-fiber hardtop with sunroof
  • Hydraulic submersible swim platform with 1,763 lbs. lift capacity
  • Painted hull
  • Twin MAN 1200-hp diesels
  • Four cabin 3-head layout

Test Results

600 7 6 2.6 2.7 2.3 2540 2209.1 N/A
1008 10.8 9.4 11.5 0.9 0.8 893 776.1 N/A
1259 13 11.3 25.6 0.5 0.4 483 419.7 N/A
1501 14.6 12.7 43.2 0.3 0.3 321 279.3 N/A
1756 19.1 16.6 67.4 0.3 0.2 269 233.8 N/A
2012 24.2 21 97.7 0.2 0.2 235 204.3 N/A
2249 28 24.3 121.4 0.2 0.2 219 190.3 N/A
2350 29.8 25.9 134.1 0.2 0.2 211 183.3 N/A


Length Overall 69' 2''
21.08 m
Beam 17'11''
5.46 m
Dry Weight 88,320 lbs.
40,061 kg
Tested Weight 93,492 lbs.
42,407 kg
Fuel Capacity 1,056 gal.
3,997 L
Water Capacity 211 gal.
799 L
Total Weight 93,492 lbs.
42,407 kg

Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane N/A
0 to 30 21.1 sec. (0to20)
Ratio N/A
Props D-880 x 4 blades
Load 6 persons, 1/2 fuel, 1/2 water, 50 lbs. of gear

Engine Options

Tested Engine 2 x 1200-hp MAN V8 J Drive ZF
Std. Power 2 x 1200-hp MAN V8

Captain’s Report by Capt. Peter d’Anjou


Monte Carlo Yachts can be recognized from afar by the signature midship hullside windows found on all late model Monte Carlo Yachts.


The mission of the new Monte Carlo Yachts 70 is to be a home-away-from-home with a focus on liveability when cruising or entertaining.

Distinguishing Features

  • Master stateroom is on single level with consistent 6’7” (2.0 m) overhead throughout
  • Lower helm is to starboard but has walkaround room

Major Features

  • CE Category A offshore certified
  • Gyro stabilizers
  • Midship full-beam master with ensuite and private entrance
  • Custom bow sun pad/lounge



main deck


The flybridge, main deck, and lower deck accommodation layouts are shown from top to bottom. The master is amidships with a private entrance from the salon.  VIP quarters with ensuite is forward with two additional guest cabins sharing a head just behind. Crew quarters are in front of the engine room.

hard top

The carbon-fiber top with sunroof featuring lateral supports to facilitate 360-degree views on the flybridge was a design adaptation from larger Monte Carlo Yachts.

Interior and exterior design is by the Nuvolari Lenard Studio. Carl Nuvolari and Dan Lenard are well-known yacht designers that have been designing for Monte Carlo Yachts since its inception in 2008. They remain the firms exclusive designers. 

Particular design goals were for larger windows to create a more immersive relationship with the ocean and the outdoors and to provide more volume both inside and out for entertainment areas.

A particular design achievement is the full-beam master stateroom on the lower deck on a single level with consistent overhead of 6’7 (2.0 m), extraordinary in a yacht of this size.


Monte Carlo Yachts are built in Monfalcone, Italy. The 45,000 sq. m facility utilizes many airline industry techniques such as aluminum grid supports and modular assembly.

Fiberglass parts are made with a resin-infusion process. Kevlar, carbon-fiber, steel, and aluminum reinforcements are added to keep weight down and enhance structural integrity.

At Monte Carlo Yachts, they build three distinct modules, the deck, hull, and interior. Other builders do this, too, but at Monte Carlo Yachts, each module is 100% complete before final assembly. To do this, the interior module is built on its own internal skeleton.


The interior liner has a skeleton that allows designers to modularize sections of the interior and thus make customizations to a specific area without affecting the entire build.


The final assembly of all component, hull, deck, and liner is not done until each module is complete.


Extensive sound insulation is added to the hull prior to insertion of the interior module.


Monte Carlo Yachts paints their yachts in a heated facility that allows them to post cure both fiberglass and paint processes.



With a cruising range of 776 nm at nearly 10 kts and its features, the Monte Carlo Yachts 70 could be a live aboard cruiser.

The Monte Carlo Yachts 70 has a LOA of 69’2” (21.08 m), a beam of 17’10” (5.45 m), and a draft of 5’8” (1.73 m). With an empty weight of 88,320 lbs. (40,061 kg), 50 percent fuel, 50 percent water and six people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 93,492 lbs. (42,407 kg).


The Monte Carlo Yachts 70 reached 20 knots in 20.1 seconds.

With the twin 1200-hp MAN V8s turning D-880 4-bladed props and run up to 2350 rpm, we reached our top speed of 25.9 knots. That produced an efficiency of .2 nmpg that stayed consistent right on down to 1756 rpm and 16.6 knots. At that speed, the 67.5 gph fuel burn translated into a range of 233.8 nm. If range is the goal, drop her down further to 1008 rpm and 9.4 knots. There, the 11.5 gph fuel burn results in .8 nmpg and 776 nm range. All this, of course while still holding back a 10-percent reserve of the boat’s 1,056 gallon (4,000 L) total fuel capacity. 



The Monte Carlo Yachts 70 employs two SeaKeeper gyro stabilizers to control ride handling.

The Monte Carlo Yachts 70 handles quite well with the solid feel of the cruising yacht that she is. Nothing happens fast so comfort is ensured through all maneuvers. We had flat calm test conditions so we can’t comment on her weather handling. And at the dock, she’s exceedingly well-mannered with the joystick being dialed in perfectly to all inputs. 

Boat Inspection



The Monte Carlo Yachts 70’s main deck salon opens onto the aft deck with the galley and the lower helm forward. The separate stairs from the aft salon to the master and to the guest cabins forward lend privacy.


The single level salon has been designed with large windows and a light colored suede headliner overhead to enhance the feeling of openness.

The Monte Carlo Yachts 70’s main deck encompasses three distinct gathering areas, two outside and one inside. Let’s start inside at the salon. The entire area is on a flush deck which opens the options for an owner to configure furniture or customize this yacht to specific desires. The windows have been significantly enlarged so there’s much more of a feeling of open space and certainly more natural light in this second generation design. With low bulwarks to the sides, even more light is allowed through. High ceilings are upholstered in Majilite and climate control vents are in the soffits. 

To port, this owner selected the fixed sofa with open storage just ahead.    

salon door

Adjacent to the entry door into the salon, Captain Steve can be seen opening a storage door with a stylized front, part of a theme we’ll see repeated throughout the yacht.

The storage closet aft of the sofa can be swapped out for a second access from the outside to a stairway down to what is the crew quarters. Across to starboard there’s a long marble shelf with storage underneath that not only doesn’t block the light from the window, but reflects it nicely. 


A motorized panel drops down from the salon overhead with a 50” (127.00 cm) flatscreen TV.



The galley is open to the salon and opposite from the lower helm. Notice the styling on the refrigerator door and behind the helm that carries the unifying design element.

An L-shaped marble counter with two stools sections off the fully featured galley. The full-sized refrigerator is behind the stylized door. Alongside is more marble matching the barstool counter, and the storage to starboard in the salon. 


Natural light from the windshield and side windows splashes across the black and white themed galley.


Miele appliances, like this dishwasher on the Monte Carlo Yachts 70, have become popular onboard equipment for high-end boats.

A four-burner induction cooktop has an exhaust vent between the burners. Below is a dishwasher and a convection oven, both by Miele. The next cabinet hides the freezer. The single basin stainless-steel sink is corner mounted into the remaining marble counter.

marble cover

A marble cover hides the corner sink while adding counter space.


Galley storage solutions include these pull-out shelves with dedicated and secure holders for glasses and stemware.

table ware

Tableware storage is in the buffet cabinet across to starboard.

Lower Helm

lower helm

The lower helm of the Monte Carlo Yachts 70 has good visibility forward with just a pantograph bottom mounted wiper to see past. The windshield mullion, curved glass corner, and support beam aren’t much hindrance either.

lower helm dash

The highly stylized lower helm dash with leather brow features an autopilot and two 15” (38.10 cm) Raymarine MFDs.

The lower helm has a compass atop the leather upholstered dash that is in line with the wheel. The panel includes an autopilot, two 15” (38.10 cm) displays and a tri-data display.

helm dash

A customizable vessel control system with cameras, security, and climate control features can be shown on either display.

An integrated monitoring system is completely customizable to accept, for example, any number of cameras. It can monitor open doors and portlights, or control the entire climate system throughout the boat, and of course, manage lighting. 


The top of this photo shows two identical controls, one for each of the two SeaKeeper gyro stabilizers aboard. It is unusual to have two stabilizers on any vessel.

The leather covered flat section of the dash contains the windlass controls, engine ignitions, the throttles, and electrical switches on the right side of the helm. To the left are dual controls for each of the two SeaKeeper stabilizers. The controller for the displays, the spotlight remote, trim tab controls, and the Xenta joystick links the thrusters with the mains. Buttons on the front of the joystick allow us to select engines and steering, thrusters, or a combination of both for full maneuverability around the dock. 

two keys

The two keys for the ignitions, which are just in front of the binnacle, are designed to slide together magnetically to provide a single fob – neat.

steering wheel

The steering wheels on both upper and lower helms of the Monte Carlo Yachts 70 are fixed in this destroyer-style vertical position.

The steering wheel is mounted to a fixed base on a raised support with stainless stylized plates beneath. Visibility is through a 9’ x 3’5” (2.74 m x 1.04 m) single piece windshield with an 8” (20.32 cm) brow to knock down glare.

lower helm

This view from the lower helm toward the galley shows the large single pane windshield with defrosting vents along the bottom.

helm chair

We liked that we could approach the helm chair from either side.

The Selto helm seat is leather upholstered, custom embossed, and includes a flip bolster, flip footrest with an adjustable pedestal on an elevated platform. The upholstery matches the theme of the helm. Just behind is a custom-made divider that repeats the styling we’re seeing throughout the yacht.  

helm seat

With the helm seat bolster up it is easy to access the flip down footrest. Note the hydraulic pedestal the seat is supported by.

side deck

A watertight door leads to the starboard side deck, which is another welcome design feature.


Master Stateroom


The Monte Carlo Yachts 70 is a four-stateroom three-head yacht. But the most significant feature is the separate stairway to the owner’s cabin, an important feature for those concerned with privacy.

aft end

The aft end of the salon has a private stair to the accommodations deck and the master suite.


In the stairwell leading to the master stateroom are storage compartments nestled into the bulwarks.

master berth

The master berth’s headboard wraps around into the couch and along with the lacquered bulkhead provides a clean linear look to the master.

Inside this full-beam stateroom, a new design element to the 70 is lowering the deck into the hull so that there is more headroom, 6’7” (2.01 m) in this case. This also allows for the deck to be all on a single level with no steps. The ceiling is also a single level.

Large diameter, brand-defining hull side windows allow natural light into the space, the smaller round ports open for fresh air. The berth measures 79” x 70” (200.66  x 177.80 cm) and faces a 42” (106.68 cm) TV mounted to the forward bulkhead. Lighting is around the base of the berth. Notice how the leather headboard continues around to form the back of the 79” (200.66 cm) couch to port. 


Built-in shelving over the couch has accent lighting above.

master desk

The desk in the master has a view. The door to the private stairs leading topside is just to the right.

To starboard is a desk and combining it with a vanity would be a nice request. 

The doors have some interesting attention to detail. They’re lacquer-finished, include a polished stainless styling detail, the hardware is stainless, and they’re solid-cored.


At the foot of the bed is a lacquer-finished bulkhead with a TV. The same finish is on the  doors for the walk-in closet on the left, and the door to the master ensuite on the right.

Master Ensuite

master ensuite

This lacquer-finished door leads into the master ensuite.

head sink

The lacquered finish bulkhead behind the toilet blends seamlessly into the marble on the deck and vanity top.

The master head is to starboard. It includes a large marble counter, backsplash, and decking. The walk-in shower is surrounded in marble. There’s an opening port for ventilation and multiple high-pressure nozzles and a shower wand in addition to a rainfall shower head above.

master head

The master head has a marble-lined shower behind a glass door. It includes a marble bench and enough shower heads to have a party.

Guest Accommodations


Stairs leading from the salon to the guest quarters have stylized railings and leather covered grab rails. Panels for the AC and DC circuitry flank the stairs.

guest accommodotions

Guest accommodations are reached from the forward companionway. The port and starboard twin berths share a head and the VIP cabin fully forward has a private ensuite.


The passageway at the bottom of the stairs leading from the salon has a door to twin berth cabins to port and starboard. Captain Steve looks into the shared head for the two cabins. The VIP suite is open beyond.

The other three staterooms are accessed from a companionway forward. The first stateroom is just to port. This features twin berths 78” x 31” (198.12  x 78.74 cm), 12” (30.48 cm) apart  with a night table in between, and again, with the deck being lower in the hull, there’s more available headroom, in this case starting at 6’6” (1.98 m). A step down brings it to 7’3” (2.21 m). Then the overhead drops to 6’ (1.83 m) further aft. 

A 24” (60.96 cm) TV is on the forward bulkhead. The padded headboard continues all the way around. Two opening portlights provide natural light and ventilation. There is a hanging locker and storage in the inboard bulkhead. There’s a full length mirror next to the private entrance to the ensuite just ahead.

guest cabin

The photo shows the starboard side guest cabin with twin berths. It is identical to the port side, right down to the wraparound headboard with the exception that the port side has its own private entrance to the shared day head.


There is storage behind the inboard bulkhead in both twin cabins.

twin cabins

The twin cabins both have hanging lockers with lighted rods and a 24” (60.96 cm) TV.

As we exit the starboard cabin, there’s access to the day head that both of these staterooms share. And the VIP stateroom is fully forward.

VIP Stateroom

hullside windows

Large hull side windows with inset opening ports flood the VIP suite with natural light.

The VIP stateroom is laid out with the island berth 86” x 58” (218.44 x 147.32 cm) accessible from both sides. There’s plenty of storage to either side of the berth, to either side of the headboard, and in two hanging lockers. This stateroom also benefits from the hull side windows. Headroom to the Alcantara suede overhead is 6’5” (1.96 m) leaving 42” (106.68 cm) over the berth. A 27" (68.58 cm) TV is on the aft bulkhead. 

vip suite

The VIP suite on the Monte Carlo Yachts 70 has not one, but two hanging lockers with lighting - one to port, the other to starboard.


It’s worth mentioning again, the fit-and-finish with the lacquer-finished doors and stainless hardware.

VIP Ensuite

vip ensuite

The VIP ensuite private entrance is through a lacquered door.


Luxurious details like the marble deck and vanity top continue here in the VIP ensuite.

tiled shower

The tiled shower has a rain head and a wand. The mirrored medicine cabinet has venting overhead. There is also an opening port in the shower.

Let’s go back topside.

Aft Deck

salon doors

The salon doors open wide to connect the salon within to the open-air aft deck.

aft seating

Stainless-steel framed glass doors 5’1” wide x 6’2” high (1.55 m x 1.88 m) open from the salon to the aft deck where the entertainment continues. There is a bench seat behind a 5’10” x 3’3” (1.78 x .99 m) solid teak pedestal table. Additional deck chairs add to the seating. Protection overhead comes from the extended flying bridge, which is 6’11” (2.11 m) off the deck.

warping winch

Warping winches and 14” (35.56 cm) cleats on both sides of the aft deck lead to heavy-duty stainless rollers built into the teak-topped and elegantly curved rail. A foot switch for the winch is at deck level.


flybridge layout

Most of the flybridge is covered by a carbon-fiber hardtop except for the section aft of the stairs.


The Monte Carlo Yachts 70's flybridge has one access point, which is up these stairs from the aft deck.

The flying bridge is accessed from stairs to the starboard side of the aft deck, which leaves more available space inside. 

grab rail

Captain Steve would like to see a grab rail near his hand placement at the base of the flybridge stairs and again on the way up the stairs.


The Monte Carlo Yachts 70’s hardtop provides shade over the seating area of the flybridge and has a retractable sunroof.

The flybridge is sure to be the most popular gathering area on the 70 and it starts at the stern with 6’10” x 13’6” (2.08 m x 4.11 m) of open space for sunning. Rail height is a safe 31” (78.74 cm), exceeding ABYC standards.


The aft end of the flybridge has an open space for sunning which is surrounded by a toe rail with built-in courtesy lights (green arrows).


On the port side of the sunning area is a lacquer-finished serving center. Under the left side is an electric grill with a kill switch for the grill if the hatch is closed. A covered sink is alongside. Below is a refrigerator and an icemaker.

flybridge helm

The flybridge helm is forward and to port with seating all around.

The flybridge forward of the stairs has opposing seating with more seating ahead and to starboard. On the starboard side, there’s a three person couch on a fiberglass base with storage underneath. 

upper helm

The upper helm backrest flips forward to expand seating around the flybridge table.

Across is L-shaped seating behind a 40” x 73” (101.60 x 185.42 cm) solid teak table mounted on an electrically activated hi-lo pedestal for conversion from dining to a sun pad. The helm chair seatback is a flip style, which in effect converts the seating just behind from an L to a U-shaped arrangement. 

dining table

Conversion of the dining table to a sun pad happens at the touch of a button.

companion seating

Companion seating for the helmsman is provided by this settee.

Ahead and to starboard is a curving settee allowing guests to not only enjoy the company of the operator and more often than not, the owner and host, but also to enjoy the same views. 


The backrest divider also has a flip function so it can add to the seating either forward or behind.

The real big news, however, is overhead. Monte Carlo Yachts has redesigned the carbon-fiber hardtop and eliminated the old center support that took up so much room. Now it’s supported laterally from the side pillars, also carbon-fiber, and stainless-steel stanchions forward for much more useable space and certainly better visibility. In the center is an electrically activated sunroof, measuring 7’6’ x 7’ (2.29 m x 2.13 m). 


A significant change from the 2014 model is the removal of a center support for the hardtop, which greatly enhances visibility.

Upper Helm

upper helm

The upper helm has dual 16” (40.64 cm) Raymarine displays to either side of the wheel. Outboard of those MFDs are engine displays. The windlass control is centered in front of the white-leather-wrapped fixed wheel and also in-line with the magnetic compass in the console notch.


The joystick has three buttons: The bottom button connects the stick to the main engines and steering. The middle button puts it in thruster mode, and the top button combines the engines and thrusters for maneuvering.

On the left side flat dash is a spotlight control, trim tab controller, and the joystick.


The Fusion stereo and speaker are on the right side of the console base. On the left side is a VHF radio.

The flat area to the right of the wheel has the engine throttle and shift binnacle, engine start/stops, and a remote controller for displays. Finally, there’s a separate switch for the navigation lights and a group of electrical rocker switches for accessories. 

helm seat

The helm seat is a fixed bench with a flip seatback for expanding the seating behind.


A wraparound windscreen is capped by a stainless steel rail.

Side Decks

side decks

Railing height on the sidedecks rises as one moves forward.

The Monte Carlo Yachts 70 has a symmetrical layout with 18” (45.72 cm) wide sidedecks, initially protected by the branded flybridge supports to the sides and the extended deck 6’7” (2.01 m) overhead coming out 18” (45.72 cm). 

At midships, the bulwarks come up 9” (22.86 cm) and the rails top out at 29” (73.66 cm), exceeding ABYC standards. A 7” (17.78 cm) step is fully forward where the width is 16” (40.64 cm) and bulwarks top out at 27” (68.58 cm).  


As we make our way forward, there’s a 14” (35.56 cm) midship cleat in the recessed bulwark.

side decks

The sidedecks lead to this Portuguese bridge-style walkway in front of the cabinhouse leading to the bow.



The bow of the Monte Carlo Yachts 70 under an awning, as seen from the flybridge, can convert to a giant sun pad.

The bow of any Monte Carlo Yacht is among the best features and here it’s no exception. Both safe and welcoming, it features two semi-circular settees behind solid teak tables, placed 3’ (.91 m) apart on individually and electrically activated hi-lo pedestals so one or both can convert to a sun pad.

seat backs

Seatbacks on the bow pad lift into a single predetermined position or lay flat for sunning.

Seatbacks lift into position for comfort at the table(s). We can also join the lowered tables with a separate insert for conversion to a larger sun pad if desired. 


There’s a stereo below Captain Steve’s hand in the base of the port seat and pop-up LED lights in each corner. And if shade is desired with the fresh air, a sunshade can be supported with carbon-fiber stanchions that fit into deck sockets.

Ground Tackle


Step down into this foredeck well to deploy the anchor.

The ground tackle is in a raised platform for ease of use. It consists of a center-mounted windlass with the chain leading to a plow anchor on a roller thru the stem. The foot control switch is just below the windlass. Access hatches to both sides lead to rode lockers and storage. To the sides, 16” (40.64 cm) cleats lead to chafing gear behind and ahead of heavy-duty stainless rollers. 

fire hose

To starboard, there’s also a fire hose and a coiled windlass remote.

Swim Platform

swim platform

The submersible swim platform is designed to be able to handle an 800-lb. Williams Jet Tender.

Stairs and grab rails to both sides lead to the hydraulic swim platform. Aside from creating a private teak beach, its 1,763 lbs. (800 kg) lift capacity is designed to accommodate a tender.

shore cords

Dual 30-amp shore cords are under the port steps leading from the platform to the aft deck.

Engine Room

engine room

The engine room access door has air vents just above Captain Steve’s hand.

We’ll access the engine room from a watertight door in the transom. Just inside the lazarette area there’s a combo washer/dryer to port and the stowed reboarding ladder and watermaker to starboard. The reboarding ladder attaches to sockets in the platform’s trailing edge. Behind and under the ladder is the steering gear. 

engine room

We appreciate the gleaming detail on the well-supported exhaust risers, but we’d like to see them wrapped with insulation.

As for the engine room itself, it’s spacious with a headroom of 6’2” (1.89 m) and a full 20” (50.80 cm) of space between the rails surrounding the 1200-hp MAN V8s. Steel deck plates are easily removed for accessing through hulls and components underneath. Electrical switch panels are on the forward bulkhead.


To port are hydraulics for the swim platform, steering, and passerelle. The white unit at the forward end of the bench boosts water pressure. Below the bench is one of two 11 kW Cummins generators.

Racor fuel filters are just ahead. To starboard, the air handling system is over the second 11 kW genset. There are two SeaKeeper gyro stabilizers, one behind each engine. Above are the engine room control panels for each engine with vents just above.

Crew Quarters

crew space

The only entrance to the crew space on our test boat is through the engine room. This was an owner decision to use an alternate access from the main salon in another way.

At the forward bulkhead is a watertight door leading to the crew space.  On our test boat, this is the only entrance to the crew space, but a closet in the salon can be converted to an additional crew entrance from the port side deck. 

crew cabin

The crew cabin layout on the Monte Carlo Yachts 70 includes storage below the upper berth and communal access to fresh air and light from the port.

This includes a pair of over/under berths at right angles to one another with an opening port and storage. A 19” (48.26 cm) TV is on the bulkhead above the foot of the upper berth. There’s a wet head with a corner-mounted vanity. 


The crew’s simple head brings up decisions in a boat of this size. Is it owner-operated or is it crewed? And if so, what compromises does that mean on space allocation?


Contact your Monte Carlo Yachts' dealer, but the price should be somewhere in the two million range.

Optional Equipment to Consider

Look for a fully enclosed flybridge version of the Monte Carlo Yachts 70 to be announced soon.




The Monte Carlo Yachts 70 is a well thought-out boat for entertaining and cruising, so much so that right after launch she won several awards, including the Most Achieved Yacht award from World Yachts Trophies, a French publication.

Clearly the Monte Carlo Yachts 70 has a lot going for it... Space, quality of build, and well-thought out design. Winning the Most Achieved Yacht award signals that she meets or exceeds the needs of true yachting enthusiasts. 

The Monte Carlo Yachts 70 Fly also meets her design mission goal of a home away from home – who wouldn’t like to spend more time aboard this boat? 

She’s highly customizable, so prospective owners should expect to spend a lot of time going over specific details to make their MCY yacht truly their own. And that’s all part of the rewarding ownership experience with Monte Carlo Yachts.