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Over the past forty years, Jimmy Cornell has logged hundreds of thousands of nautical miles; the Garcia shipyard has built the most emblematic boats for offshore cruising; and Berret Racoupeau has designed just as many. The coming-together of these three could only give rise to a sailboat with a distinct character, which was to become the Exploration 45.
The first of a line dedicated to sailing all the seas of the world, whether high-latitude or tropical, it is obviously made of aluminum and is a centerboarder. With twin rudders, the control in rough seas and the smoothness of handling are simply exceptional.
All sailing maneuvers are grouped together in the cockpit, which is particularly well protected by its innovative cap with a view forward. Moving around on deck remains particularly safe, with handrails always within reach and sturdy granny bars. This allows for easy access to the forward sail locker, separated from the rest of the interior by a watertight bulkhead, the ideal complement to the aft technical room.
Inside, the audacity of the layout quickly becomes convincing, with the intelligence of the solutions provided. The deck saloon offers an unexpected panoramic view of the sea: the privilege of comfortably enjoying the exceptional landscapes that surround you. Safety, always keeping a visual eye on your route, while controlling it from the interior watch-keeping position. Available in two or three cabin versions, the interior benefits from remarkable cabinet-making skills. The warmth of Afrormosia, or the brightness of light oak – all you have to do is choose which.
– Integral aluminium centerboard
– Deck salon with 270° visibility and inside steering position
– Watertight companionway door
– Watertight front bulkhead
– Watertight aft bulkhead with watertight hatches to access the stern compartments from the aft cabins
– All through-hull fittings made of welded aluminum – All valves positioned above sea level
– Double glazed salon windows, one opening above the galley
– Coachroof extends beyond the windows and acts as an awning to prevent the greenhouse effect due to the sun
– Thermal and acoustic insulation above waterline of automotive-grade polyethylene foam panels (77mm hull, 37mm deck)
– Insulated floor (thick foam core)
– Chain locker centrally positioned at the foot of the mast – Electric windlass located in locker below deck just ahead of the mast
– Centrally located large capacity tanks – Water and fuel tanks can be ballasted port / starboard
– Centrally located service battery set
– Generous stowage space available throughout the boat
– Forefoot chainplate for towing and ice breaking
– Integrated aft arch for electronics, wind generator, solar panels and use as davits
– 2 rudder configuration JEFA self-aligning bearings to ensure optimal control in heavy seas
– Large aft platform with easy access to / from the water
– Liferaft stowage in locker accessible for launch from aft platform
– Essential lines controlled from the cockpit