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Exploration 52 N°1 - SOLD -VENDU
(15,84 m) - 2016

Layout :

  • Length : 15,84 m (51' 11")
  • LOA : 16,65 m (54'6")
  • Beam : 4,80 m (15'7")
  • Draft : 1,27 m - 2,90 m (4'1" - 9'5")
  • Air draft: 21,50 m (70'5")
  • Material : aluminium
  • Rigging : Cutter
  • Displacement: 19.5 tons
  • Engine: VOLVO D3 110 HP

French tax paid.

Based in French Polynesia

Price : 101,43 M XPF / 850 000 €

First Exploration 52 designed with the Garcia shipyard, prepared for all sailing conditions, with a great comfort of life on board,

Aquarius has been constantly maintained and improved since her departure from France. 4 cabins. She is ready to go.

Interior fittings :

Sleeps 6 to 8 - 4 double cabins

  • 1 Double owner's cabin at the front
  • Ensuite head with shower and manual toilet
  • 1 Double cabin on the starboard side
  • 1 Double cabin aft on port side : 2 single beds, 1 folded on the wall
  • 1 Double cabin on starboard half length of the boat
  • Galley on port side
  • Raised saloon with almost panoramic view, with large table and 2 cream leather benches
  • Spacious chart table to starboard with deck view, leather seat
  • Rear port head with electric toilet and separate shower
  • Technical compartment at the front of the cabin at mid-length
  • Technical compartments aft of aft cabins, access from aft port cabin, watertight door
  • Large sail locker forward, access via large deck hatch, ladder
  • Large cockpit, folding table for 6 persons, partly sheltered by rigid composite dodger
  • 2 Large cockpit lockers
  • 2 Helm stations aft of cockpit, 2 helm seats
  • Steps, aft platform
  • Life support storage under the steps
  • 2 Vertical lockers in the aft platform, + 2 lockers in the floor
  • Lockers in the port helm seat, access to technical compartment in starboard seat
  • Aft gantry

Listing :

Building and history

First full aluminum centerboard Exploration 52, built in 2016 by the Garcia shipyard in Cherbourg, France.
Designed by Berret and Racoupeau with the Garcia design office and the participation of Halvard Mabire.
In 4 cabin version.
Double rudder, thermally insulated, heating, front and rear aluminum watertight bulkheads, watertight companionway door, interior wheelhouse, rigid hood.
One owner only.
Very bright interior. Cream leather saloon and upholstery. Hinges and closures of cupboards and drawers completely redone and reinforced.

Cutter rigging

Standing rigging of 2016
Mainsail INCIDENCE Hydranet
Genoa INCIDENCE Hydranet
Staysail INCIDENCE Hydranet
Asymmetric spinnaker with sock INCIDENCE
Carbon pole
4 Electric winches ANDERSON 62 and 55


J-Prop propeller
Tanks 2 x 600 L plus 400 L fixed, plus a daily tank of 80 L, total 1680 L (approx. 1600 miles autonomy)
Bow thruster Maxx 900 (2021)

Ground tackle

Electric windlass LEWMAR V5 24V
Insulation deck - guideau redone in 2021, installation of a fresh water rinse + drain
Main anchorage : ROCNA anchor 55 kg + 100 m of 12 mm chain
Second anchorage : ROCNA anchor 25 kg + 60 m of leaded rope
FORTRESS aluminum spare anchor 15 kg
6 Fenders + 2 large inflatables


2 Fresh water tanks 880 L in total
Water under pressure
Watermaker (new high pressure pump 2020, 1 spare) 100L/hour Dessalator
Large stainless steel sink
3 Burner gas stove + oven
Refrigerator Vitrifrigo 2 drawers
Freezer Vitrifrigo 1 drawer
Microwave oven
Nespresso coffee maker
Hot water tank 35L
Webasto oil heater
2 Toilets, 1 electric (aft port head)
LED lighting throughout the boat
Cockpit and gantry lighting
Fans in all areas
Hot/cold water deck shower on port side aft platform
HiFi radio speakers in saloon and cockpit
Retractable television in saloon ceiling


House batteries : 8 x 200 Ah AGM gel 12V (2021)
Engine battery : 2 x 100 Ah AGM 12V (2021)
1 x 24V alternator on engine (service charge)
1 x 12V alternator on engine (engine batteries charge)
Fischer-Panda generator 2kW
Generator battery (2021)
Bow thruster batteries : 2 x 800 Ah 12V AGM OPTIMA (11/2021)
Wind vane
Watt&Sea hydro-generator
110 W solar panel
Isolated shore charger
Victron charger on generator for optional engine battery charge
220V Quattro inverter with control panel at the electrical panel
Electrical leakage monitor
Drawings on request

Electronic and navigation instruments

2 Autopilots (2 lifting jacks, 2 angle sensors, 1 B&G Zeus II control unit), switch in saloon between chart table and galley
Radar Raymarine 2020
1 GPS plotter
2 B&G multifunction screens
1 Autopilot control at the chart table, engine controls, generator controls, tank controls, batteries, electronic battery switch,
water and diesel transfer pump controls
On-board computer with Time Zero
Anemometer, speedo, depth gauge
Repeaters: 1 under the hood + 1 pilot control
Starboard helm station = 2 repeaters + pilot control
Thruster control and windlass control
Port helm station : 1 repeater
Sat. connection Iridium Pilot
Sat. connection Iridium Extrem
1 Fixed VHF
3 Handheld VHF
AIS class B transponder


Dinghy Highfield Hypalon aluminum bottom 4.20 m
Mercurey outboard engine 4 strokes 10 HP (2020)

Safety equipment

Updated PLASTIMO 10-seat life raft
Up-to-date flares
Automatic life jackets 10 + PLB AIS
Electric bilge pumps auto 1 in the sail locker, 1 in the chain locker, 1 in each low level at the back of the tanks
Manual pump
Lifelines and chainplates


Sun cover
All the dishes and kitchen equipment
Very complete on-board pharmacy for 3 months autonomy (Prepared for TAAF)
Antarctic charts

Last bottom paint: October 2020 Trilux 33 (3 layers), skids and centerboard support changed.
Hull brushed regularly.
Survey carried out to enter the TAAF in March 2020 on request.

Main strengths

Boat ready to go back on the ocean. Prepared in 2020 to go to Antarctica.

Last modified : 20/09/2022


The boat's inventories are based on the indications given by the owners and even if we do our best to see that they are in accordance with the reality, there might be some differences. The boat's and equipment's condition has to be checked jointly by the buyer and seller before the sale. The respective responsibilities of both the seller and the buyer remain intact. In no case can Raiatea-yacht be held responsible for any defect on the boat.

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