Montecarlo Offshorer 30 (9 m), the Italian fast commuter over 50 knots – Classic Boat


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Monte Carlo Offshorer 30
Monte Carlo Offshorer 30

Hundreds and hundreds of units built and sold, mainly between the French Riviera and Liguria, an outstanding pedigree and speeds in excess of 55 knots. Still, it was considered an anomalous boat, close to both the ‘pure offshorer and the elegant dayboat and, optionally, even the weekender. Quite simply, it was instead an extremely intelligent, well-kept, and super versatile design. It is the
Monte Carlo Offshorer 30
, the little masterpiece of Carlo Riva’s “second shipyard”.

Monte Carlo Offshorer 30 | 8.9 m

Through the 1970s, and later in the 1980s, Carlo Riva collaborated on the creation of the series Monte Carlo Offshorer, a series of exceptional fast commuters, whose first goal was to offer hulls capable of matching and exceeding the construction qualities, power and marine quality of the iconic Aquarama Special. Thus were born the Monte Carlo Offshorers, boats that would reach their peak in the late 1980s, when the yard was taken over by Renato della Valle and Gianfranco Rossi, legendary Offshore champions of the time. Among the masterpieces, the 1980s saw the birth of the Montecarlo Offshore 30, an 8.9-meter cabin cruiser capable of at least 52 knots.

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Monte Carlo Offshorer 30
Monte Carlo Offshorer 30 at the 1990 Venice – Monte Carlo


Primarily intended for day cruising, the design of this 30-footer aimed at the highest levels of the market, seeking top quality and finish. Nothing is therefore left to chance, and the boat is full of solutions aimed at maximizing on-board comfort and aesthetics. Starting with the transom, in fact, there is no shortage of clever solutions, with a fold-down swim ladder integrated into the aft profile. The result is thus a clean, minimalist transom that can be easily converted in a time of need.

Monte Carlo Offshorer 30

Just beyond, a full-beam sundeck covers the pontoon below which the engines are located, kept very low to improve performance. Beyond, the cockpit hybrids the classic full-beam sofa layout to a walkaround center console. Here, two ergonomic seats serve the wheelhouse, complete with every accessory and lockers to stow everything needed. Just forward of this one, a central ‘tambuccio leads to the minimal but complete below deck, served by a toilet and living area that can be converted into a double cabin.The bow is flush, unobstructed and devoid of a solarium, a solution that fully emphasizes the offshorer spirit the boat carries.

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Propulsion and performance

At only 3200 pounds displacement, this 8.9-meter vessel was generally sinto by a pair of Thermo Electron Crusader V8/350s of 280 horsepower each or, alternatively, a pair of Mercruiser turbodiesels. Regardless, performance remained excellent, with 40 knots of cruising speed and over 52 knots of top speed, ensured by a triple-step hull and shaftline transmission with rudders behind the propellers.

Monte Carlo Offshorer 30
Katana, 1987 Monte Carlo Offshorer 30. Photo courtesy of C.M. W.

Monte Carlo Offshorer 30 – Data Sheet

Length Over All (LOA) 8.91 m
Baglio Massimo 2.44 m
Dive 0.48 m
Displacement 3.2 t
Motorization 2x Crusader V8/350 280 hp.
Maximum Speed 52+ kn
Cruising Speed 40 kn
Fuel Tank Capacity 500 lt.
Autonomy 180 mn
People Scope 8
Beds 2
Cabins 1
Bathrooms 1

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