With up to 3300 horsepower, 1,585 gallon (6,000 L) fuel capacity and a CE Class A rating, the Monte Carlo Yachts 80 is designed and built to handle serious offshore conditions. Vacuum infusion ensures the fiberglass hull is light for the genre, yet strong; the company says she is 8% to 10% lighter than most competitive yachts, which means greater fuel efficiency and better performance. The Portuguese bridge welcomes guests to the bow, where two large couches with adjacent cocktail tables can convert to sun lounges in minutes.
|Length Overall||80' 9" / 24.62 m|
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||N/A|
|0 to 30||N/A|
|Props||1030mm 4 blade NiBrAl|
|Load||5 persons, 3/8 load, full water, 50 lbs. of gear|
|Climate||86 deg., 78 humid.; wind: 20-25 mph; seas: 4'|
2 x 1650-hp MAN V12 1650
2 x 1550-hp MAN V12
2 x 1650-hp MAN V12
With her Portuguese bridge, and spacious flying bridge, and salon, the Monte Carlo Yachts 80 is designed to entertain a crowd while simultaneously providing cruising comfort for at least eight in her four ensuite staterooms below deck. She’s available with up to 3300 total horsepower and has a CE Class A rating, which means this yacht is designed and built to handle serious offshore conditions.
- • Portuguese Bridge.
- • Attractive, inviting bow seating area
- • Aircraft-Inspired Monocoque Construction. Lends itself to a more customized interior layout.
- • High-Tech Materials for Light Weight and Strength. Aluminum beams, carbon fiber and Kevlar are used to reduce weight.
- • Nuvolari-Lenard Styling. The legendary design team gives the boat a signature look unlike other yachts in class.
Lean and Mean
The construction process for the 80 includes vacuum-infusion, Kevlar, carbon fiber in the laminate and aluminum beams to support the decks. The manufacturer lists the displacement at 56 tons (123,458 lbs. /5,999 kg), which is about 8 to 10 percent lighter than many competitive 80’ (24.38 m) yachts.
Reduced weight translates into higher speeds and better fuel efficiency at cruising and displacement speeds. Monte Carlo Yachts is known for aiming at higher top speed for its vessels, and considering that this yacht is a flybridge and does not have a sporty open, she has one of the best top speeds for an 80-footer.
Monocoque is a structural approach that supports loads through an object's external skin similar to an egg shell. The term is also used to indicate a structure in which the skin provides the main structural support together with the interior skeleton. For example, most commercial airliners use a monocoque design for the fuselage as seen in the image below.
Because of the vessel’s innovative strength expressed by the monocoque structural concept, designers can customize and adapt the interior main and lower deck space according to the most demanding requests. Consequently, this flexibility allows the builder to offer customers virtually any interior layout.
A secondary advantage of this construction concept is that the height of longitudinal stringers can be reduced. This results in floors that are positioned lower in the boat, which lends to her sleeker profile and helps give the Monte Carlo Yachts 80 a lower center of gravity.
Efficient Building Strategy
Anyone who has ever visited a yard where large yachts are built has seen workers climbing up scaffolding, then descending down ladders into the hull of the boat where they maneuver through the fixed bulkheads to install all the required equipment. This takes hundreds of thousands of man-hours and many of those hours are expended on workers just moving around, and squirming to get into hard-to-reach spaces.
Because of Monte Carlo Yacht's monocoque design, the lower deck interiors of its boats are built as a unique module which is fully pre-assembled outside the hull on the shop floor. Craftsmen can attack all four sides of a project at once with tools and materials easily at hand. Critical work gets done faster and better because the installations are not completed in confined spaces. Wiring and plumbing is designed to be "plug-and-play." This all results in a tremendous savings in man-hours.
Additionally, because of Monte Carlo Yachts' building concept, several boat interiors can be built at the same time.
A Signature Look
Several years ago Monte Carlo Yachts commissioned the award-winning design team of Nuvolari-Lenard to create the "Monte Carlo Yachts Look." The design was tested first on the Monte Carlo Yachts 76 over five years ago, then on five other models from the 65 to 105 that have since been introduced. By creating a distinctive look that was not too radical and was anchored in practical motoryacht function accented with classic design cues, Monte Carlo Yachts captured the imagination of discerning yacht buyers all over the world.
The fly bridge stairs to port in the cockpit lead up to the top deck and they close off with a hatch. Aft is an open area that could be used to store a tender or several deck chairs. Ahead and to starboard is a wet bar equipped with a barbecue, sink, refrigerator, and icemaker. Forward on each side are two long lounges with a table to starboard.
The upper helm is a starboard mounted pod design mounted to port. The steering wheel is positioned so that a companion can join the captain on the doublewide seat. To starboard, there’s a large flat sunlounge forward and a reversible seatback converts from forward facing seating to added space for the sunlounge. Overhead, there’s a carbon fiber hardtop extending the length of the flying bridge that includes a power sunroof.
From the flybridge, we could look down at the bow which has semi-circular lounges around a table outboard on each side. Stainless-steel rails run the length of the bow on each side and forward there’s a windlass and anchor locker. This exclusive bow lounge area still endures as a unique feature of the brand.
The salon glass doors that fold into multiple panels open the passage from the aft deck into the salon. The spacious aft lounges and dinette are on the same level, which enhances the 80’s large feel. Large side windows let in abundant natural light, and there are sliding doors outboard of the dining area that lead to the side decks. A single step up leads to the lower helm, which is centrally positioned. Outboard to starboard is a small booth-style lounge with a table allowing guests to join the captain, and share the same view.
The Lower Helm
For electronics at the helm, the complement features twin Raymarine 15” (38.1 cm) screens, including radar and a GPS/chartplotter with a G Series processor and keyboard. Radar with a 48-nautical mile range is standard and an open array up to 72 nautical miles is an available upgrade. The 80 also comes with a Raymarine autopilot and VHF DSC radio.
Stairs adjacent to the lower helm lead down to the 80’s accommodations deck. Turn aft for the entry to the master stateroom, which spans the boat’s beam. A large berth is on the boat’s centerline. Outboard to port is a love seat and to starboard there’s a desk/vanity and a chest of drawers. Large round windows let in plenty of natural light. Aft to starboard, the closet is a true walk-in, and to port, the master head has twin sinks plus a full standup shower. A separate water closet houses the toilet and bidet.
Moving forward from the master stateroom, there are guest cabins port and starboard with two single berths. Each has its own hanging locker and private head. The head for the starboard guest cabin is also designated as a day head in this layout. Forward, the VIP stateroom in the bow also has the berth on the centerline, plus dual hanging lockers and a private head. Crew quarters are aft, accessible from the port side deck.
The Galley. For easier access from the salon deck, the galley is to port on the accommodation level, and has its own set of stairs. It comes with Miele appliances, including a refrigerator, a stove and oven, a dishwasher and a top-loading freezer. Another layout we’ve seen is with the dining table removed, the galley is moved to the main deck, and this lower section is used for additional stores for extended voyages.
Engines and Systems
Monte Carlo Yachts offers the 80 with twin 1550-hp or 1650-hp MAN V12 diesel V-drive inboards. Fuel capacity is 1,585 gallons (6,000 liters) and the boat carries 317 gallons (1,200 liters) of freshwater. Standard equipment on the boat includes Humphree interceptors with automatic trim, and bow and stern thrusters. The engines and generators have double Racor fuel-water separating filters and an oil-change system. To keep everyone comfortable, the boat has Tropical Air conditioning, plus, an upgrade to two 25 kW generators.
The Monte Carlo Yachts 80 has a LOA of 80’9” (24.62 m), a bean of 20’2’ (6.15 m), and a draft of 6’1” (1.85 m). With an empty weight of 126,458 lbs. (56,000 kg), 36% fuel and five people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 130,393 lbs. (59,145 kg).
We test in real world conditions, and the real world on test day was dishing out winds at 20 to 25 knots and seas running 4’ (1.22 m). Not ideal but interesting to see what we’d get. With the twin MAN 1650-hp V12 engines spooled up to 2350 rpm, we reached our top speed of 30.1 knots… let me say that again… 30 knots in 4’ seas. There really is no best cruise as the range increases linearly as we back off on the throttle, but at the MAN recommended cruise setting of 80% power, we were at 2000 rpm and 23.8 knots. That speed produced a fuel burn of 117.5 gph, which translated into 289.3 nm, all while still holding back a 10% reserve of the boat’s 1,585-gallon (6,000 L) total fuel capacity.
Now, as for how she handled those seas, it was quite remarkable. She simply shouldered through with no pounding or heavy hitting, just slicing right through, but yes, throwing water everywhere while doing so. It was a surprisingly comfortable cruise with nothing sliding all over the decks, no joinery creaking or rattling, nothing adverse. Naturally, she handled some directions better than others, beam seas were comfortable, and following seas seemed the best ride thanks to her sharp entry.
We also decided to see how effective the Sea Keeper gyro was on a boat of this size, and as it turned out, it was pretty dramatic. Turned on we were pretty stable in these heavy seas, but when we turned it off the change was immediate and we started some significant rolling that had crew running to catch chairs and lamps. Probably should have told them what we were doing.
As we got underway, the dock was so tight that we positioned five guys around the boat to keep watch as we eased her out of her berth. With the help of the Xenta joystick and the wonderful responsiveness of the systems, we eased our way out of the tight confines of the dock and into the narrow canal.
As we returned to the marina we got another chance to see how well she handles in tight spaces. She was too long to bring straight down the fairway and turn around for docking, we had to back her all the way down for the approach.
Then it was just a matter of ever so delicately maneuvering her into position so the crew could tie her up… another testimony to how well Monte Carlo Yachts can be maneuvered.
The Monte Carlo Yachts 80 comes with a Bose Home Theatre system for the main deck and owner’s cabin. The salon has a 50” LED TV on the main deck and a 40” LED TV in the owner’s stateroom, plus a 32” LED TV and Blu-ray player in the VIP cabin. There’s a stereo with CD player on the flybridge and another in the bow lounge area.
Color Choices. Monte Carlo Yachts offers the Monte Carlo Yachts 80 with an unlimited choice of colors and patterns for the fabrics, marble countertops, wood trim, leather and carpet throughout the boat. This will let an owner customize the boat to his and his family’s preference.
Options to Consider
- • Extra tropical air conditioning (including crew quarters)
- • Eberspaecher heating system (if no air conditioning)
- • 24V/220V inverter
- • Stainless steel anchor
- • Humphree interceptors with automatic trim
- • Maneuvering joystick for main and flybridge helm
- • Third control station with bow and stern thruster joystick and engine controls
- • Seakeeper gyro stabilizer system
- • Carbon Fiber T-top on flybridge with soft sliding top
- • Closing for aft cockpit
- • Extra icemaker and refrigerator for bow
- • Aft cockpit lounge with extra icemaker and refrigerator
- • Vacuum cleaner system
- • Wine cellar
- • KVH TV5 Satellite television system
- • 22” (55.88 cm) LED TV with Blu-ray player for guest cabins
- • 32” (81.28 cm) LED TV with Blu-ray player for crew quarters
- • Raymarine 72 nautical mile open array radar
With her innovative construction process that saves weight and allows for more design flexibility, the Monte Carlo Yachts 80 is rare in the sub-100’ (30 m) yacht category because of the customization possibilities she offers. Additionally, her bold raised bow and distinctive lines give the boat a look that’s just different enough from other “Euro” motoryachts to give her a distinctive and pleasing look.
Most important, the Monte Carlo Yachts 80 is highly customizable on all three decks.