After a lifetime of roaming the planet aboard a series of boats named Aventura, bluewater-sailing guru and author Jimmy Cornell turned to French builder Garcia Yachts to develop the boat of his dreams. His latest Aventura, hull #1 in Garcia’s new line of adventure cruisers, is designed to keep sailors comfortable and secure no matter where they’re sailing. The rugged unfinished aluminum hull, with twin rudders, internal ballast and an integral centerboard, can push its way through brash ice with impunity or take the ground with ease on a lush tropical beach.
The boat’s no-nonsense features include seacocks mounted on solid standpipe through-hull fittings (to prevent damage from freezing in Arctic conditions), a dedicated locker housing twin stern-line rope drums in the transom, a true midship chain locker, an integral hard dodger to protect crew on watch, a bulletproof companionway door and an inside steering station complete with engine controls.
These blend seamlessly with the creature comforts and amenities cruising sailors have come to expect on modern boats: a raised deck saloon with wraparound views of the world outside, a posh owner’s stateroom with an island double berth, another double stateroom aft (plus one or more single dedicated single sea-berths), twin heads, a full-size cockpit table and an easy-to-handle sailplan with lines led aft, and a super-solid integral bowsprit for flying light-air sails. Our judges were impressed not only with the great versatility of the Exploration 45, but also its sailing performance and the high quality of its construction, finish and systems installations.