Dag Pike believes that, with its raised pilothouse, the Monte Fino 82 Skylounge will have a worldwide appeal. Italian-looking and built in the Far East, the Monte Fino 82 Cockpit Motoryacht is actually aimed at the American Market, with particular emphasis on easy maintenance. Chris Caswell Reports.
Whether you are designing a mousetrap or a yacht, there is no trick to creating a look-alike of an already existing style. The real genius, of course, is to do it better, which is exactly the case with the Monte Fino 82 Cockpit Motoryacht.
Italian styling is a phrase so over-used that it has become as passé as "Euro-styling" but, in this case, the yacht seen here is ineffably italian. With melted edges and a steeply raked windshield and bridge, it fairly shouts "Ciao" to the competition.
However, the casual viewer would be badly mistaken -to the tune of about 7500 miles- if he thought the Monte Fino was born or bred anywhere near the former Roman Empire. It is arguably one of the finest products to come out of a Far East boatyard, which, in this case, is in Taiwan.
The exterior lines, however, have as much to do with the true nature of a yacht as the skin does on a person. It is inside where you find the qualities that are important, and here the Monte Fino shines.
I will not be giving away any state secrets if I point out that "meccanica Italiana" sometimes are on the iffy side when it comes to actually working. They look fantastic, but every owner of an Alfa Romeo or even the vaunted Ferrari spins tales of the darker side of Italian machinery.
With the Monte Fino 82, however, an owner can walk into any marine hardware store in America and buy spare parts, whether it is for something as major as the Caterpillar diesels, as ordinary as the GE appliances in the galley, or even the Grohe faucets in the heads. This yacht has been fully spec-'ed for the American market, with an emphasis on easy maintenance. You will also find that the Monte Fino was designed by someone who knew that you need good access to all areas, as even the finest yachts sometimes need to be serviced. The Monte Fino 82 is a repairman's fondest dream.
The beauty of a cockpit motoryacht is that it combines the best of both worlds. The cockpit provides easy access to the water or the tender or just for getting on and off the yacht at dockside. The raised aft deck, on the other hand, serves as an extension of the saloon and can be enclosed for use in all weather conditions.
Without a dining room, the saloon of the Monte Fino 82 is extra spacious. The L-shaped seating area is in the crew quarters
On the Monte Fino 82, there is a bench seat aft of an oval table, with the teak decking leading to stairs on either side down to the cockpit. There is a comfortably-sized wet bar with wine racks underneath and, with loose chairs, this is a perfect alfresco dining area.
Intended for Americans who are more casual than Europeans, the Monte Fino 82 CMU does not have a formal dining area, which translates into a spacious saloon far larger than you would expect on an 82-footer. There is room for three seating areas- An L-shaped couch aft to port, a curved banquette to starboard, and a wrap-around settee forward with a dining table that is large enough to feed all the guests or double as a gaming table. A pocket door on the forward bulkhead closes off the galley and pilothouse form the saloon, which has a built-in entertainment center with pop-up television to starboard. Everywhere you look is the warm glow of cherrywood, submerged under layers of syrupy epoxy for a silken finish.
Just past the bulkhead is a day head to starboard, while the U-shaped galley has a granite breakfast counter that opens it to the inside helm to port, and a cheerfully striped dinette to starboard. This country-galley arrangement has proven popular in the States, since the family and friends can congregate here before meals or use the area while underway as well.
With all GE-appliances that include a double-doored refrigerator/freezer and a four-burner cooktop with oven underneath, the galley is arranged for convenience, and the cook is going to appreciate the large window to port.
The helm is also a model of efficiency with a black leather helm chair behind a canted cherrywood panel filled with a comprehensive Raytheon electronics package that links to Shakespeare antennae. With full walk-around side decks, the twin pantograph doors to port and starboard give the helmsman and crew immediate access to all areas of the yacht without having to transit the saloon.
A circular stairwell from the saloon leads down to a foyer on the lower deck, off which the three staterooms open. The master suite is fit for a king, spanning the full 20ft beam of the yacht amidships and stretching more than 14ft in length. The stylish king-size bed has a padded headboard topped by a beveled glass mirror, and the two nightstands and bulkheads continue the burled appearance of the cherrywood joinerwork.
Forward, to port, is a desk next to a comfortable loveseat, and the bureau to starboard includes a pop-up vanity. A walk-in cedar-lined closed is aft to starboard, complete with more drawers in a bureau. To port is the spacious marble-floored head, with his-and-hers china sinks and Grohe faucets in the granite counter as well as both Sealand head and bidet. Amidships is an oversized bath spa.
To port of the foyer is a VIP stateroom, with a queen-size berth and oversized shower room large enough to accommodate a bathtub. To starboard is a twin-bedded stateroom with a Pullman and another marble-floored ensuite shower room.
With such comfortably sized guest accommodations, you would expect the crew quarters to be the cramped cubbyhole found on European yachts. However, the crew actually has it pretty good. Forward and down from the pilothouse is a dinette, mini-galley, large head, and a pair of cabins with upper and lower bunks. The crew also has immediate access to the pilothouse, decks and flybridge, even with the saloon door closed.
The flybridge makes full use of the 20ft beam, which provides weather protection for the saloon windows-as well as the maximum amount of usable area on the flybridge. A pair of Pompanette helm chairs are behind the centerline helm pod, which has a full array of redundant and repeater electronics. An interestingly designed bar is located to port, providing two stools for guests who face forward over the helm, as well as a wet bar area with storage. Two L-shaped lounges are aft, wach with a table, and the entire area is under the fiberglass hardtop that also carries the electronics. Aft, the boatdeck has a Jennaire barbecue and is large enough to carry a 16ft Nautica tender launched via a low-profile Quick Lift davit.
The engine room is immense and equipped to seamanlike standards with good access to the two 1400hp Caterpillar 3412's- an upgrade on certain yachts from the standard 800hp Caterpillar 3406'- and the two Onan 25KW generators. This yacht also has the optional Naiad stabilizer system, and the fuel tanks have been increased by 800 gallons to 2800 gallons total. She also had twin watertight bulkheads installed fore and aft of the engine-room, which was double-insulated to provide a very low sound and vibration level in the saloon. A tough that will be appreciated by some future owner is the engine lift-out panel hidden on the upper deck, which will make engine swaps a simple task rather than a major reconstruction. Construction is full composite with foam coring in the decks and superstructure, and the main decks are teak-planked. The stainless steel deck hardware is exceptional, with the hawse pipes, ports and anchor fittings polished to perfection.
Beautifully styled, arranged for maximum comfort and outfitted with the best of equipment, the Monte Fino 82 Cockpit Motoryacht is likely to intrigue the US market with the ability to combine Italian lines with American practicality.