Garcia Explocat 52

Garcia Explocat 52

Norris Comer New Boats

Garcia Explocat 52
Fans of the Garcia line of aluminum monohull sailboats, known for their cruising and expedition capabilities, have a legitimately bold vision from the company to fawn over. The Garcia family goes multihull with the announcement of the Garcia Explocat 52, essentially a catamaran version of the family of sailing yachts made to be comfortable in the Arctic, Antarctic, and all waters in between.

The Explocat 52 is aluminum-hulled like its Garcia sisters, but that’s just the start. With a layout that includes features like a machine shop, this is a build made for adventurer owners and charters. Reportedly, the Explocat 52 was designed with swiftness in mind as well, with lightweight fittings and fine-entry bows examples of performance features.

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Interestingly, the elevated helm is integrated into the hardtop positioned over the cockpit aft, making for a commanding, flybridge-like experience for the skipper. The covered cockpit is still a sheltered entertainment-focused area with plenty of seating. The mainsheet traveler is out of the way completely, running on the hardtop. If the Arctic winds allow it, there’s a forward seating area near the trampolines for hanging out.

Both three- and four-cabin layouts are offered. Like many catamarans of this size, the beam is fully utilized for a massive salon. A nav station is in the mix there as well, a more protected place to helm the vessel when needed.

The announcement of the build has been out there for some time now, but perhaps a few bold buyers who want to go for it can give it a nudge into reality. If interested, you can contact the local dealer Swiftsure Yachts.

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Norris Comer is an award-winning writer and the former Managing Editor of Northwest Yachting magazine. He was raised in Portland, Oregon and got his BS in Marine Science at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL where he lived aboard a 1973 Catalina 27 before moving to Washington and an Albin Vega. He has worked as a commercial fisherman, wandered aimlessly around the world, studied oil spills, and was a contestant on the Norwegian reality TV show "Alt for Norge."

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