Description & Specifications
Reiser on both engines new 2019
Both petrol pumps and both water pumps renewed 4/2021
Engine service 4/2021 redone,
The designers of the Monterey 355 SY can definitely be described as keen to experiment. This applies not only to the “UFO-shaped” roof over the cockpit, but also to the modern interior, which the shipyard itself describes as “moving away from the conventional cabin layout and towards a spacious and inviting layout”.
The test boat offers sleeping space for five people. Two are in the bow, two in the underfloor cabin and another crew member on the lounge seating area. The pantry and wet room contribute to the rest of the living comfort. The designer has integrated the wetbar, sunbed, seating area and operator’s platform under the hardtop. So a “travel boat for excursions of all kinds”.
With the classification in the CE category B, trips outside of coastal waters, such as trips to the Baltic island of Bornholm, are well possible. It goes without saying that you need a solid boat for this. The Test-Monterey impresses with its good plastic processing, with only a few laminate tips on the inside, and with stable cleat fastening with bolts that are screwed through reinforced laminate. The stanchion fastening with self-tapping screws is less effective. Below deck, the furniture shows itself with evenly spaced gaps and only a few silicone seams.
Driving and maneuvering
“Typically American” is the engine with two petrol engines. On our test boat, Monterey is installing a V-8 duo from Volvo Penta with 300 hp each. If you want an engine with the same performance Volvo diesels, you have to pay a hefty surcharge of almost 80,000 euros. Those who opt for petrol engines can choose from seven MerCruiser models in addition to the Volvo engines.
Our test Volvos bring the 355 SY between about 2000 rpm and 3500 rpm from displacement to plane. In order to design this phase as quickly as possible and with few visual obstructions, the trim tabs and power trim should be set to the “down” position. On plane (from around 3500 rpm) the trim tabs are only needed for weight or wind compensation. The power trim is then increased from -5 to about +3 (on the Volvo display) up to the maximum speed of a good 5000 rpm. The latter is slightly higher than the maximum speed allowed by the manufacturer – due to the low load, however, an acceptable circumstance.
At full throttle, the Monterey fleet reaches 40 knots, the two engines consume 3.85 l / nm, which with a tank capacity of almost 800 l minus 15% reserve results in a range of 175 nm. Almost 40 nautical miles further you can glide economically at 4000 / min at almost 29 knots. That is a range of over 200 nm – for example the route between Marseille and Menorca’s north coast.
Our test area was moderately choppy with water churned up by commercial ships. The Monterey travels through these waves with a good 30 knots, smoothly, on a stable course and without excessive splashing water. Fast, tight turns can be safely driven with and without a trimmed Z-drive and trim tabs without rocking or rocking. Steering out is only easy at the narrowest point of the circle, in front of that there is a lot of pressure on the rudder and you have to use force.
This effect does not occur on larger curves, such as the turn on the Rhine. In the harbor, the steering wheel can be turned very easily, and the turning circles are a maximum of 1 ½ boat lengths coupled forwards and 1 boat length in reverse – typical dimensions. Gearboxes that are engaged in opposite directions ensure direct reversing behavior. If you both engage forwards and the engines run at the same speed, the Monterey will keep on course even at displacement speeds.
So that the stern wave does not assume a bank-threatening height, the 1500 rpm (7.3 kn) must not be exceeded. The speeds can be read off twice per engine: once on the Monterey tachometer and also on the Volvo Penta instruments. In addition to the operating status, the latter also show consumption. Except for a few reflections, you can read the Monterey instruments without restriction. The Volvo displays and the “Raymarine Bidata” partially cover the steering wheel. Switches and trim tabs can be operated just as easily as the elegant sports steering wheel and the well-installed, easy-to-push EVC circuit.
The passenger and driver sit on a kind of double bench with individually designed bucket seats. Its upholstery is sporty and firm, armrests provide the necessary lateral support, and a slope with an anti-slip structure serves as a footrest. For a relaxed ride while standing, both fold up the front part of the seat. The windshield is provided by a safety pane that sits in a painted system frame. Reflections in the pane fall due to the darkn control position low. A windshield wiper ensures sufficient foresight when it rains. Defroster and windshield washer are not available.
Engine, tank, electrics
The engine compartment can be conveniently opened electrically at the push of a button. However, you must not forget to open the rear door, the latch of which engages in the side wall, beforehand. Practical: In the event of a power failure or other problems with the drive, the hood can be unlocked and opened using an emergency hatch. The engine compartment offers plenty of space for service work, but we looked in vain for soundproofing. Despite this, the volume remains within an acceptable range with a maximum of 85 dB / A.
The installations in the engine compartment leave a good impression. The technicians secure cables and hoses firmly and clearly. The fuel tank is held by metal straps, the fuel hose connections are secured with two screw clamps – except for those directly on the engines. Petrol cleaning is done by a filter cartridge on each engine. Four 88 AH batteries, which are charged via diode distributors with an alternator or 40 A charger, take over the 12 V supply.
The separation between consumers and batteries is carried out by electronically operated main switches. The rocker switches on the control center in the salon are used for this. Exemplary: manual emergency operation on the switch in the engine compartment is also possible. Fuses can be found in the engine compartment, on the operator’s platform and on the aforementioned saloon control center.
The automatic fire extinguishing system plus hand-held fire extinguishers get kudos here. Three electric bilge pumps are a convenient feature, but the important manual bilge pump, which still works in the event of a power failure, did not exist. In order to move safely on board, all steps are provided with anti-slip structures or carpeting. Handrails are also provided to match. There are three ways to get to the foredeck: twice via narrow side decks and once via the central passage with sufficiently wide steps and moderate headroom to the hardtop.
Housing, cockpit and equipment
In the stern of the boat, the designer installed a large bathing platform with a stern shower integrated into the hull. A ladder can be found under a flap that keeps closing on its own on our test boat. This fact is unfavorable, especially when unfolding the ladder from the water. A sun lounger with railing is attached to the bathing platform, which can be practically enlarged with the variable backrest of the rear bench. Its upholstery is just as sporty and firm as the entire seating area in the cockpit. Additional sun loungers can be found in the cockpit on the port side and on the foredeck on the cabin roof. A wet bar with a sink, cup holder and storage compartments plus a cool box under the starboard bench provides snacks and refreshments in the open-air area.
Below deck, the designer placed a double bunk in the bow that can only be separated from the saloon with curtains. The same applies to the underfloor cabin, which offers space for two accompanying children. At the convertible (one-man bunk) L-shaped seating area there is a table that is very small for four people to eat. Cooking takes place on a pantry block, which is suitably equipped with a stainless steel basin (with lid), refrigerator (with integrated freezer compartment), 2-ring ceramic hob, microwave and coffee maker. If you want to use the electrical appliances at anchorage, you have to pay a surcharge of around 15,500 (petrol) and a good 20,000 (diesel) euros for a generator.
An electric pump toilet, shower and deep stainless steel basin are standard in the wet room. In the wet room, as in the entire boat, you will find a suitable number and size of storage space. Further standard equipment includes a television in the salon, the hardtop with button-in side panels and navigation lighting, which only meets American standards.
THE YARD SAYS …
The Monterey 355 is one of the most popular models in the sports yacht range. This is due, among other things, to the special design and the practical arrangement of the berths. Our boat builders
In addition to proven technology and quality-oriented processes, guarantee a high degree of care, which secures the 355 SY a top position on the cruiser market.
The Monterey 355 SY is appropriately divided for two adults and two children. In terms of quality, it shows good American standards, and with the specified engine, good handling and a decent range. The equipment with diesel engines would increase the latter enormously – but then a considerable surcharge would be due.
Key facts at a glance
|Engine||2 x Volvo Penta 5,7 (320 PS)|
|Cruising speed||26 kn|
|Max. speed||40 kn|
|Fuel tank||Benzin (900 l)|
|Fresh water tank||230 l|
|Berth||Aprilia Marittima (UD)|
|Length||10,70 m (35,10 ft)|
|Width||3,40 m (11,15 ft)|
|Draft||0,90 m (2,95 ft)|
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