Monte Carlo Yachts MCY 105 Coming in 2015

MCY 105 underway renderThe largest yacht from Monte Carlo Yachts, the MCY 105, is in build for delivery next summer.

The MCY 105 features the styling of her smaller sisters, courtesy of Nuvolari-Lenard. The studio has designed the entire lineup of Monte Carlo Yachts offerings, which start at 65 feet (nearly 20 meters). The MCY 105 is not a carbon copy simply in a longer length, however. Monte Carlo Yachts is employing resin-infusion construction methods. This further means that the MCY 105 should be upwards of 15 percent lighter than similar-size fiberglass megayachts. Reportedly, there are no such yachts in the 100-foot range that are built via resin infusion.

MCY 105 aft render

The first MCY 105, which will make her global debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival next September, is for an Asian buyer. Full details on the accommodations are not available. So far Monte Carlo Yachts is revealing that the master stateroom is on the main deck. It benefits from the large side windows you see forward in the renderings here. The interlocking circular ports below decks characterize the master stateroom on other models, so it seems guests will get them on this MCY 105. Like all the brand’s offerings, the MCY 105 is arranged according to the owner’s wishes. The number of guest staterooms on hull number one is unknown at this point, though tradition would dictate four. Monte Carlo Yachts will alternately work with clients to create three cabins and a gym, or a media room. Decor options are also open to owner choice, as is the hull color.

Something all buyers will appreciate: the bow “lounge.” It’s not a mere seating area. If the one aboard the MCY 105 is akin to the one on the MCY 86, it will rival far larger yachts’ offerings. Few, if any, megayacht builders with 80- to 100-footers put anything other than an intimate settee and table arrangement up here. Buyers and their captains alike will also appreciate the raised pilothouse aboard the MCY 105, plus the Portuguese bridge arrangement.

Paradise, Hull #3 in Horizon RP110 Series

Horizon-RP110-ParadiseBy the end of the month, the Australia-based owner of Paradise should be enjoying his version of paradise. The yacht is the third Horizon RP110, and the largest Horizon in the country thus far.

Paradise marks a few notable differences compared to the previous RP110 deliveries. For one, the accommodations include a main-deck master and four guest staterooms below decks. Andrea VI, the first Horizon RP110, has five staterooms in total, too, but all below deck due to a country kitchen on the main deck. Carnival Liberty 3, the second delivery in the series, has three guest staterooms and a main-deck master.

Another difference: this hi-low swim platform (below). The owner of Paradise wanted it to extend out as shown, to 12’2” (about 3.72 meters). It’s also capable of holding a custom tender weighing 3,300 pounds. Neither of the two previous Horizon RP110s tote a tender back here, not have an extendable swim platform.


All the Horizon RP110s, including Paradise, do have a beach club. It’s an intimate space, given the crew’s quarters (for six) aft as well. The beach club is revealed two ways: via the centerline door, or the hydraulically raising transom.

The owner of Paradise requested walnut wood with high-gloss ebony accents throughout the interior.  (Dark woods are also aboard Carnival Liberty 3, while light ones characterize Andrea VI.) He also requested various relaxation areas able to accommodate big groups. Besides the total of 10 people who can sleep aboard, Paradise can host 20 people for meals on the flying bridge. They can further take a peek over the captain’s shoulders at the helm station up here as he brings the RP110 into port.

Sea trials are underway, expected to confirm a 22-knot top end and 18-knot cruise.

November 2014 Motoryacht Video: Amels’ Belle Aimée


The 171’6” (52.3-meter) Belle Aimée, built by Amels in 2010, has been pursuing an off-the-beaten-path charter program this year. Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand are among the places she’s visited so far. Belle Aimée guests get to indulge in diving and other watersports. But, the megayacht’s crew also makes a point of welcoming families aboard. In fact, Belle Aimée guests cuddle up on the couches to watch movies together—both inside and on the top deck—challenge each other to board games, even sing karaoke. The onboard dive instructors work with novice and expert divers alike, of all ages. Belle Aimée is further a partner of the Ross School, whereby a teacher can cruise aboard on your charter. Your children or grandchildren can therefore learn more about the cultures of the areas they’re visiting, among other things.

This video showcases the family experience aboard Belle Aimée. Chances are good you and your family will want to book a trip aboard. Speak with your favorite charter broker, and visit the Belle Aimée website for specifics on itineraries.

Blue Haven Marina Receives Gold Anchor Award

IGY-Blue-Haven-Marina How do you know if a marina you’re planning to visit adheres to high customer-service standards, besides word of mouth? You can check the Gold Anchor Award Scheme of The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA). TYHA awards upwards of five Gold Anchors to marinas that voluntarily undergo its audit, mystery-shopper examinations, and questioning of berth holders. The latest marina to receive five Gold Anchors is Blue Haven Marina, part of the IGY Marinas network. In fact, Blue Haven Marina is the fourth IGY Marinas property to receive five Gold Anchors.

To put the accomplishment of Blue Haven Marina into perspective, consider that the Gold Anchor award program has been operating for more than 25 years. More than 130 marinas in nearly two dozen countries participate, too. The Gold Anchor ratings are endorsed by ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations), among others. Furthermore, any marina receiving five Gold Anchors also receives the ICOMIA Clean Marinas Award. This means the marina has established a minimum set of environmental standards that are consistently agreed upon throughout the industry.


Blue Haven Marina and IGY Marinas staff (pictured) were officially given the five Gold Anchors Award at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Blue Haven Marina is less than two years old, accommodating yachts to 220 feet (67 meters). Adam Foster, general manager of Blue Haven Marina, says there’s been “tremendous interest” in dockage. Located on the northeastern coast of Providenciales, it’s 575 miles south of Miami. Blue Haven Marina is also part of the Blue Haven Resort, which includes a private beach, infinity pool, restaurants, a market, a spa, and of course plenty of watersports activities. Marina guests are granted full access to the resort’s amenities. “The wide array of services and facilities we are able to offer through our adjacent resort makes the experience unique for our marina guests,” Foster adds.

The other three IGY Marinas properties that have received five Gold Anchors are Yacht Haven Grande in St. Thomas, Rodney Bay Marina in St. Lucia, and The Yacht Club at Isle de Sol in St. Maarten.

Esenyacht’s Project Taurus

Esenyacht-Project-Taurus-1Turkey-based Esenyacht is promoting its first motoryacht to entice a buyer. Called Project Taurus, she’s 164 feet (50 meters) of swift speed and creative convertible spaces.

Esenyacht, which thus far has delivered the 118-foot (38-meter) cruising ketch Glorious, plans to build Project Taurus out of fiberglass. That will allow a triple-engine propulsion system of choice to push her to an expected 30 knots. If you’re not in a hurry, of course, more modest speeds should permit transatlantic range (though Ensenyacht has not specified the exact figures).

While Project Taurus has expected features like a main-deck master and five staterooms below decks for guests, there are notable differences. Take a close look at the main deck in the image below. Sets of the floor-to-ceiling windows to each side of the saloon, itself a massive area, slide back. Imagine sitting there, with the natural breezes flowing straight through. Project Taurus effectively focuses your attention more on the outside than the inside with this arrangement. It’s thanks to Mannerfelt Design Team collaborating with Esenyacht. The design studio has extensive experience in racing yachts, production boats, and the automotive industry.


While the saloon occupies a large footprint aboard Project Taurus, so, too, does the master suite. It’s nearly 1,055 square feet (98 square meters). That doesn’t include the 269-square-foot (25-square-meter) private alfresco area.

Understandably, Esenyacht and Mannerfelt Design Team are inviting the owners to arrange the interior and decor as they so wish. They do have suggested layouts, though, with five equal-size guest staterooms just forward of the engine room and tender garage. The layouts also show 10 crew housed below decks and the captain accommodated aft of the helm. Since few buyers eschew hot tubs or pools, Project Taurus also can include a pool on the sundeck.

Regardless of layout, much of Project Taurus can be constructed in house at Esenyacht. The builder prefers keeping most trades under its roof.

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