If Monte Carlo’s MC5 was the first manifestation of the joint project between Monte Carlo of Italy and Beneteau of France, the arrival of the smaller 46-foot MC4 from the same distinctive product line suggests the collaboration has plenty more to offer.

Monte Carlo MC4

The Monte Carlo MC4 showing off her wave cutter bow and enormous flybridge.


Designed to blend the high-end style of Monte Carlo with the industrial might of Beneteau, the key strategy has been to offer a new kind of craft at a size previously unfamiliar to the brand. Like the 50-foot MC5, the new 46-foot MC4 is a joy to behold. It shares the same ‘Wave Cutter’ hull design as the MC5, with a finely angled bow and the capacity to use Volvo Penta’s excellent IPS system. It also brings together the same rather paradoxical combination of an elegant profile and an enormous flybridge, featuring a six-man saloon, a large sunbed and communal seating to port of the helm.

Monte Carlo MC4 sliding doors

The Monte Carlo MC4 viewed from aft through wide open sliding doors.

On the single-level main deck, wide aft sliding doors ensure that everything feels very open plan, right from the rear of the cockpit up to the helm station. As on the MC5, the galley is located at the very heart of the boat toward the aft end of the main deck. A pair of double ensuite cabins down below benefit from the excellent natural light from the numerous portholes. There's no doubt that the materials here are just as attractive as those of the MC5…

The brushed wood, the tanned leather, the muted, elegant shades – all is very much as you would have it. With Monte Carlo’s strong reputation for sporting flybridge motoryachts and Beneteau’s large-scale industrial know-how, it will be interesting to see just how small this vibrant coalition of boat building brands might dare to go.

Monte Carlo MC4 Specifications

LOA: 13.88m
Hull length: 11.96m
Beam: 4.08 m
Light displacement: 10,300 kg
Air draft: 5.47 m
Draft: 1.15 m
Fuel tanks: 2 x 400 litres
Water tanks: 2 x 200 litres
Engines: Volvo IPS 400/Volvo IPS 500
EC Certificate: B12/C14 /D14
Contact: Monte Carlo Yachts 

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is an ex-Naval officer, with extensive experience as a marine journalist, boat tester and magazine editor. Having raced as a Pilot in the National Thundercat Series and as a Navigator in the inaugural Red Sea RIB Rally, he has now settled in the West Country, where he lives and works as a specialist marine writer and photographer from his narrowboat in Bath.