1992 Garcia Passoa 46

US$ 275,000
Deale, MD
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Engine/Fuel Type:
Single / diesel
Located In:
Deale, MD
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Last Listed Price:
US$ 275,000 

The Garcia Passoa is a serious blue water cruising boat.  Both casual and keen observer will note the unpainted aluminum hull, scoop transom, watertight companionway hatch, welded aluminum stern arch, and heavy duty rigging.  Little doubt remains about this boat’s “go anywhere” capability.   If you’re lucky enough to be invited below you’ll be astounded by the bespoke varnished cherry interior and light filled accommodation with three staterooms and two heads.  Don’t make the mistake of following “Exit” with your deep, fixed keel cruiser into waist-deep waters; you’ll fetch up on shoals as “Exit’s” 3-1/2 foot draft passes safely.  And like an older woman, it’s best not to guess her age; you’ll be mistaken.  This twenty three-year old boat shows as much newer thanks to her quality construction, superb maintenance and exterior refit at Lyman-Morse boatyard in 2015.

Highlights include:

  • Welded aluminum construction for strength
  • Bare aluminum hull sides and decks for ease of maintenance
  • Centerboard with single balanced rudder and aft “trimming” daggerboard
  • 3’ 6” draft with the board up and the ability to “dry out”
  • ICW friendly 63’ tall mast
  • 200 gallons of diesel in two tanks with 1200 nm range under power
  • Three staterooms and two heads
  • New North mainsail in 2015
  • Extensive tools and spare parts
  • Huge scoop stern
  • AB Lamina aluminum rib (new 2015)
  • Updated electronics
  • Genset and watermaker

The Garcia shipyard in Normandy is renowned for building “go anywhere” cruising sailboats and the Passoa 46 is their most prolific design.  With their low maintenance, welded aluminum hulls these yachts have voyaged to all latitudes and continents.  Between the aluminum hull and beautiful cherry interior, foam insulates out noise and cold better than cored fiberglass boats.  The centerboard allows shoal draft access and the ability to “dry out.”  Upwind performance is best described as “surprisingly good” for a centerboard design.  With the centerboard raised off wind there is nothing to trip over and pivot around.  With the balanced spade rudder and aft “trimming” daggerboard they behave much better than a fixed keel boat.

“Exit” has had four owners since new.  The first owner was the yacht’s designer, Pierre Frutschi, who had "Exit" built to cruise with his family.  He subsequently worked for Garcia Shipyard as an in-house designer and is now an acclaimed designer of large custom motor and sailing yachts.  The second owner was a German airline pilot who cruised Europe and the Atlantic basin.  The third owner cruised “Exit” each summer in Maine and the Canadian Maritimes and stored her each winter at Lyman Morse in Thomaston, Maine.  In August of 2014, he sold “Exit” to her current owner, his nephew who had Lyman Morse update “Exit” in preparation for an 18 month sabatical cruise with his family.  This cruise down the east coast and to the Bahamas is now complete.  “Exit” is currently stored on the hard in Deale, MD with sails and canvas stowed below.   “Owner” is not really the right word to describe the person who has legal title to this boat.  “Trustee” or “custodian” are really more appropriate when describing owners of great cruising boats.  The next “custodian” will find a well found, well-maintained cruising yacht that could benefit from a few minor updates (anchor chain, watermaker membrane to name a few).  But they will have on their hands a boat that leaves no excuses as to which aquatic destination to visit.  Instant respect will be garnered by knowledgeable sailors who know of Garcia and the superb condition and outfitting of “Exit.”

Please contact Swiftsure Yachts at (206)378-1110

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