Drawing Board: MCY 70 Skylounge - Power & Motoryacht

The MCY 70 Skylounge is the first vessel in a range that’ll include versions from 66 to 80 feet.

Each year the world turns, and MCY seems to unveil a new yacht. Such has been the way of things since Monte Carlo Yacht’s debut 10 years ago: a methodical dance with time. That all changed last September. At Cannes, the Italian shipyard put the industry on notice by debuting not one but three “new generation” models. The MCY 66, 70 and 76 underscored a shared identity and bold styling with larger windows and expansive interiors. Designed by Nuvolari Lenard, they were to forge a path into a new decade: three feathers in the cap of the Beneteau Group’s largest (in terms of LOA) luxury motoryacht brand. The dance, quite suddenly, had picked up in pace.

And it shows no signs of stopping with the recent announcement of the MCY 70 Skylounge. Set to debut at the Miami Yacht Show, the enclosed flybridge version marks the first time an Italian manufacturer has entered this category, according to the builder. It also won’t be the last: the Skylounge Collection will encompass a range that includes vessels from 66 to 80 feet. It leads one to wonder how much espresso is being consumed at the company’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

MCY 70 Skylounge

MCY 70 Skylounge

“Our long-lasting collaboration with the Nuvolari Lenard Design Studio focuses on the concept of a yacht as a home-away-from-home by emphasizing the close relationship between the individual and the sea,” said Managing Director Fabrizio Iarrera in a statement. That means protection from the elements, but also an alluring extension of the hull design. In my experience, there’s no better way to turn a nice-looking yacht into an inelegant eyesore than by plunking on an enclosed bridge. And yet, in the above rendering at least, the MCY 70 Skylounge manages to greatly enhance the angular, decidedly classic design.

For anyone familiar with the brand, it will come as no surprise that this collection offers flexible layouts for owners to personalize their yacht as they see fit. On the MCY 70 Skylounge, you can expect to see an exposed deck aft of the bridge outfitted with two sunpads. Inside the bridge, the helm falls on centerline, while behind it an L-shaped sofa sits across from a staircase to starboard that provides access to the main deck. In lieu of a second helm station below, the galley and dining area have been greatly expanded. Many of these features can be shifted and/or changed based on the client’s wishes. It is this focus on personalization, combined with an industrious approach to boatbuilding, that has made MCY a serious player in this segment for the last decade. If 2020 is any indication of the next 10 years, there’s a lot to anticipate from this builder.

This article originally appeared in the February 2020 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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