The launch of the new Monte Carlo 52 is set to be one of the main highlights for Beneteau at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September. This 50-footer will introduce the next iteration of the Monte Carlo “Smart Luxury” generation. The 52 has greatly improved features and distinctive style, created by the team of world-famous architects and designers: Carlo Nuvolari & Dan Lenard for the exterior line, Andréani Design for the interior accommodation. So the WSB team took the chance to look at the new arrival before Cannes.
The new Monte Carlo 52 is 16.25 metres long and has a beam of 4.6 metres. This makes her bigger and beamier than
the Monte Carlo 5, the earlier model in the line she replaces. Her tapered profile is accentuated by soft flowing lines and
the aerodynamic shape of the wheelhouse, creating a harmonious effect enhanced by a stylish contrast between the matt
tint of the huge windows and the light colours of the hull, the elegant coachroof, and the perfectly proportioned flybridge.
Clad with the well-known bow-plate bearing the Beneteau logo, the new hull offers much more space inside. The extensive saloon, the large freshly rearranged spaces of the flybridge, and the three cabins and two shower rooms, unfold to reveal a
voluntarily spacy minimalist décor that is bang on-trend.
The MC52 is stunningly bright. With an unparalleled area of 20 m2 , the glass side windows completely flood the living spaces of the main deck bringing the outside in. This is a feat of engineering achieved by means of discreet aluminium uprights which guarantee an almost single-piece all-round view.
The galley is well-sited aft, connecting with the cockpit. When the large sliding glass door is open this creates a wonderfully
seamless indoor and outdoor space. The same fresh, chic, minimalist atmosphere features in the lounge, with a comfy sofa
to port around a table seating up to six guests. Facing it is a double bench and a lifting 40” TV screen. On either side of the
huge windshield, the two side windows open to improve ventilation.
The master cabin is generously roomy at 16.5 m2 and has a separate entry, large rectangular windows, an ensuite shower room and a spacious wardrobe. Compared with other yachts of the same class, the cabin punches well above its weight. Similarly, the forward VIP cabin is also incredibly roomy with large portholes.
Guests can soak up the night sky at sea and watch the stars through the glass deck hatches just over the double island bed. The guest cabin to starboard has twin berths converting to a double berth. At once luxurious and practical, the open spaces of the flybridge are the ideal place to unwind.
Enjoy stress-free life in the open air, made easy with the fitted galley, a lounge space for eight guests, a large starboard bench with a reclining back, the forward L-shaped co-pilot’s seat and the driving station to port. An optional T-top with an electric sunroof protects the open air space offering some privacy, without detracting from the sleek lines of the Monte Carlo 52.
The MC 52 demonstrates that the Beneteau boatyard has a meticulous focus on quality control giving the French brand a strong repute. An extensive catalogue of textiles and materials to customize the style of the 52 are available, creating an exclusive feel onboard. Brushed oak or matt walnut woodwork, different shades of carpets and linings, combined with a wide selection of leathers including nubuck cater for any owners taste.
Designed in collaboration with MICAD, the work on the new Monte Carlo 52 hull focussed on improving performance
and comfort. With a versatile 15° Vee hull, the bow is beautifully flared, cutting through the sea with ease and providing
excellent protection from spray.
Less pronounced, the aft was designed especially to house the IPS Volvo drive and to optimise efficiency and output. Equipped with a choice of 2 x Volvo IPS 600 or 650, the Monte Carlo 52 reaches peak speeds of 27 knots. Her cruising speed is between 20 and 22 knots. Ideal for offshore cruising, the boat is fitted with large capacity tanks (1300 L fuel and 400 L water) and at cruising speed she has a range of 180 nautical miles.
So with the boat’s very reasonable fuel consumption of 120 litres per hours, you can enjoy many a long cruise. With an output of 6 litres/nautical mile this ocean-going economical yacht is particularly efficient.
The new Monte Carlo 52 marks an introduction of the “Smart Luxury” generation of high-end cruisers by Beneteau and is a good stride ahead of its predecessor, equally we quite like the move back to a more traditional naming convention, in which the 52 paves the way for the rest of the MC model range.
Monte Carlo Specifications
Length overall 16.25 m – 53’4’’
Hull length 14.32 m – 46’12”
Hull beam 4.60 m – 15’1”
Max. draught 1.20 m – 3’11’’
Max air draught 7.22 m – 23’8’’
Light displacement 15,052 kg – 33,175 lbs
Displacement fully loaded 20,768 kg – 95,292 lbs
Berths 6 + 1