Not long ago in another thread someone said that he never heard about Amel and recently another member posted that the boats he saw more frequently doing circumnavigations were precisely Amel.
I guess that other boat that you can find out there circumnavigating or in faraway places and that some of you never heard about is Garcia.
Garcia are mainly aluminium integral center boarders. Aluminum center boarders are a favorite among French circumnavigators and they are the ones that circumnavigate more.
I would say that the among the ones that chose a center boarder, the ones with less money buy OVNI or Allures, the ones that have the money for it buy Garcia, that is for more than 40 years the reference in what regards this kind of boat. Their Passoa and Salt series are already legendary boats. They only made 300 boats, but the percentage of those boats that are out there sailing in faraway places is very high.
Garcia has recently joined forces with Allures and Outremer to form a group that has as vocation to make several types of voyage boats. Garcia make the bigger ones.
They have an interesting blog:
Grand Large Café
Garcia clients have normally two characteristics: Have a lot of money and are good sailors, many buying another Garcia after having one, and many after have already circumnavigated.
Take a look at some of their boats:
The older ones are smaller:
yes, this is an old one
It looks a new boat
The new ones are bigger. They don't have small boats anymore, the smaller they have now is a 47fter, but most of them are bigger. This one was bought by an old client that had circumnavigated already:
Some bigger ones:
Garcia are exclusive boats, for rich guys, but at least they are for rich guys that like to sail, but not in some Rollex regatta with a full professional crew. These are made to sail with a short crew (family) and to voyage to far away places and to live aboard...in comfort, that's for sure