Explocat 52

A two-hulled version of the “Exploration” concept, the Explocat 52 combines all the benefits of multihulls for an unequalled result: space, safety, comfort, autonomy and performance.

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To reconcile what might seem contradictory, to bring together what seemed incompatible, it took all the experience of Garcia Yachts, the know-how of its teams, the intelligence of our partners, architect and designer, to propose a new way to explore the world: the Explocat 52.

Twin aluminium hulls with shallow draft, built to withstand all the hazards of the most magical long-distance voyages, with bows that can brave all storms, in complete serenity, the Explocat 52 is perfectly in line with the historical Garcia lineage.

Handleable by a crew of two, who are always well protected thanks to the intelligence of its unique design, its generous sail area and controlled weight make the miles scroll like never before, in first-class comfort.

A subtle blend of proven solutions and innovations that offer you a truly unique sailing experience. This is so true so that the British sailor Pete Goss describes this unit as the ideal machine for everyone being able of “stretching boundaries”.

Key elements of the specifications



  • Aluminium catamaran

  • ” Ready for anything ” robustness

  • Fully sheltered pit station


  • Thermal insulation

  • Great autonomy

  • Forward of the mast exterior cockpit


  • Short handed sailing

  • Protected cokpit

  • Ability to cope with severe weather conditions


  • Ocean crossing capabilities

  • Watertight front and rear bulkheads

  • Saloon integrated wheelhouse

Naval architecture

Displaying the Garcia Yachts coat of arms on its hull means it perfectly, and in every respect, meets the qualities required of a sailboat designed to sail independently anywhere on the planet.

Designed by naval architect Pierre Delion, the Explocat 52 is no exception to the rule: design, structure and materials are determined so that you can face the most challenging conditions in complete serenity.

With its millimetre-precision deck layout, rigid platform, generous sail plan, serious deck hardware, ergonomic sail handling station offering protection and visibility to a happy crew, the Explocat 52 is the result of thousands of hours of engineering, discussion and reflection, for an exclusive result.

And like the carrying capacity, the water or fuel tanks, the energy sources have also been adapted to meet the most far-off sailing projects, the Explocat 52 is THE catamaran setting new standards for unlimited cruising.

The Explocat 52’s external steering station can also be equipped with a pendulum helm system. This equipment allows you to steer either in a low position sheltered from the cockpit, or high up for manoeuvring and sailing in good weather conditions.

The front cockpit also contributes to making the Explocat 52 an outstanding unit. From this forward cockpit, the crew will be able to carry out various types of observation of the natural environment.

Interior Design

Due to Darnet Design, the interior design of the Explocat 52 offers all the functional advantages of a catamaran on an exploration yacht, with a great panoramic view from every part of the saloon.

Reaching the northernmost latitudes, the most remote islands, can be achieved in unequalled comfort. Insulation, equipment, woodwork and upholstery are all to the most exacting standards sailors demand from the Exploration range.

From the interior helm station, you will of course enjoy the magnificent environment around you, keep watch, and be able to maintain your course on your Explocat 52, nicely warm and dry, whatever the weather may be doing.

The dimensions and brightness of the saloon, galley, cabins and bathrooms, in all the configurations offered or in the one you have designed, are unparalleled.  Moving around between these different private spaces, or to the outside, directly to the vast aft cockpit, or via the solid watertight door opening onto the forward cockpit, is exceptional.

With the Explocat 52, Garcia Yachts has given the multihull a reputation, that of the most beautiful of programmes: that of infinite possibilities.

The Explocat 52 is designed for heading off the beaten track and to extend considerably the field of possibilities for a catamaran.

Marc d’Arbigny, Managing Director




Technical specifications

Overall length

55.61 ft


26.90 ft


4.92 ft

Lightship displacement

18.6 tons


185 m²

Sail upwind

167 m²


2 x 60 Hp

Fresh water (est.)

174.4 US gal

Fuel capacity (est.)

2 x 155 US gal


Pierre Delion

Interior design

Darnet Design

Different layouts proposed, by association of 2 possibilities on the port hull and 3 possibilities on the starboard hull.

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