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For owners not prepared to wait three or more years for a fully-custom discovery vessel, the Monte Fino 85 ecHo offers substantial flexibility with interior fit-out, great energy efficiency, a tip of the hat to the environment, and shorter delivery times. Her model designation derives from the prefix “eco.” The uppercase H denotes her designer Rob Humphreys, who is best known for his sailboat designs.
Spacious interiors designed by the Australian based Giorgia Drudi provide plenty of relaxation space for up to eight guests, plus accommodations for four crew. Comfortable U-shape settees in the salon are finished in a soft gray-brown fabric.
The dining area with its glass, wood, and leather table seats eight. The windowless galley is a compact, but well-laid-out working space that suggests many of the family meals might be taken ashore, leaving this space to cope with breakfasts and light lunches. It is well equipped though, featuring a Corian work surface, electric stove, full-size refrigerator-freezer, and a double sink.
The guest and crew accommodations are all on the lower deck. Positioned forward is a spacious VIP suite large enough and pleasantly decorated such that it could be called a master cabin. Here, as elsewhere, the heads are well appointed and feature large marble-backed shower stalls and marble vanities.
The expansive sundeck is one of the yacht’s biggest selling points. Flybridge controls are starboard forward and offer, by far, the best place to drive the yacht and carry out berthing maneuvers. An electric davit capable of lifting 1,750 pounds will accommodate a substantial tender on the sundeck, and if you’re careful in getting the sizes right, maybe even a PWC alongside. The bar area has stools, a grill, an icemaker, and a refrigerator and is the place to hang out when the sun is at its zenith.
The Monte Fino 85 ecHo is built by Kha Shing Enterprises in Taiwan. Her hull and superstructure are composite. Her specification on delivery is uncompromising. Examples include stabilizers fitted as standard. Esthec composite decking was selected as an environmentally friendly alternative to hardwood, and the effect is visually pleasing and highly effective. Interestingly, and by way of contrast, the treads of the stairs leading from one deck to another are finished in real-deal teak.
Conceived to operate with maximum efficiency and exceptional fuel economy, the 85 ecHo has a range of more than 4,000 nautical miles. In keeping with the builder’s environmentally responsible philosophy, she is equipped with resource-efficient, low-emissions technology that filters engine exhaust gases. Her innovative hull shape with its integrated propeller tunnels and bulbous bow (an unusual feature in a boat of this length) helps achieve a fuel consumption figure that, with each engine turning 1350 rpm, produces a 10-knot speed with a burn of less than six gallons an hour. Designer Humphreys has given her the chunky good looks of an explorer yacht. Her high-freeboard and patrol-boat-style bridge deliberately reflect his desire to give her offshore capabilities.
The 85 is the first model in what will be an ecHo range. She is a highly capable, long-distance yacht that is equally at home in Ft. Lauderdale or crossing the Pacific.
Monte Fino Yachts, 800-551-9590; www.montefino.com
: 90 tons
: 4,040 gal.
: 793 gal.
: 2/715-mhp Cummins QSM11s
: 1 x Onan 37.5-kW, 1 x Onan 13.5-kW
: Twin fixed-pitch