OVNI 450: a great lifting keel aluminium yacht


The OVNI 450 is a new lifting keel sailing yacht, from ALUBAT which builds blue water cruising sailboats under the brands OVNI, CIGALE and OVNICAT.

The OVNI 450 is built on a beautiful double chin hull. This modern, high performance hull offers seaworthy handling in all circumstances. The OVNI 450 was designed by Marc LOMBARD, a well-known naval architect. The 100% aluminium construction from deck to hull provides for unfailing seaworthiness and durability. The OVNI 450 offers exceptional comfort at 13.98 meters in length, with a 4.29-meter beam. The draught is only 1.0 meter with the keel up and 2.90 meters with the keel down. Alubat would like to thank the owner of this particular boat for making this visit possible.

The high performance hull offers seaworthy handling

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MERRY FISHER 1095: the new XL signed by Jeanneau


A fantastic boat is born, at the leading-edge of market innovation, Jeanneau’s Merry Fisher 1095. If you remember just two years ago Jeanneau launched the Merry Fisher 895. It replaced the superb Merry Fisher 855 and opened a new pathway for the market segment with two closed cabins and outboard motors. This time, Jeanneau forged ahead, increased the size for greater cruising comfort, but maintained the outboard motors. 

So it was with the combined experience of the 895 and the 855, and thanks to the great customer feedback Jeanneau received, that they were able to develop the Merry Fisher 1095. Many of their customers wanted to continue with outboard motors, because they are reliable and easy to use. Their use is a trend in this market segment.

To accommodate the outboards Jeanneau developed firstly a new and specific hull. Because it’s a real challenge to make a large outboard motorboat that is comfortable, the shipyard conducted a long series of tank tests in designing the hull. The results are beyond our expectations. The boat works very well with 2 300 horsepower motors, but it also works very well with 2 250 horsepower motors.

Maximum speeds are around 37 knots, but the boat is also able to cruise more slowly, in comfort, planing at 16-17 knots. But above all it has the ability to remain level and therefore is easy to handle at all speeds. People can accelerate, slow down and accelerate again without pushing the motors too hard.

Merry Fisher 1095 : comfortable even Speed

Merry Fisher 1095Access on board is very easy. One can come aboard aft via the large platform, here, which is flush with the cockpit and made secure by this handrail that separates the platform from the outboard motors. It is also very useful when climbing the swimming ladder. Access on board is also possible amidships thanks to this cut-out door, very convenient depending on your docking configuration. For example, when you are moored along a dock or when you are moored along a smaller pier. The side gate greatly facilitates boarding and disembarking.

Merry Fisher 1095

So we obviously find all the Merry Fisher line DNA in this boat, including the very large and welcoming cockpit saloon. It is possible to have a large teak table here, to seat many guests at lunch time. It is also possible to transform the saloon into a large sun deck. To do this, simply remove the  table, install this very lightweight aluminum support… It sets in here and is supported by both seats. And then just add the cushions and you have a very big sun deck.

This Merry Fisher 1095 also has an aft, port side access door. It’s this backrest, here, that opens. If the mooring configuration requires port side access, this makes it possible to disembark using the port side platform. The bench is mounted on rails and slides forward to optimize space. When the motors are lowered the space is at it’s largest. But when the engines are raised a usable cockpit remains. The access door remains functional when the bench is moved forward. 

Merry Fisher 1095The cockpit saloon connects directly with the interior. Movement is direct between the aft cockpit and the galley, for example, which is located to starboard. To open the passage there is a three section sliding door. The three section door allows for fluid access and excellent ventilation between these two spaces.

On the port side, there is a comfortable saloon with two face-to-face benches and a folding table. The interesting thing about the folding table is that it allows for this bench to face forward. The ventilation on this boat is excellent. There are large windows with excellent visibility. This large window opens and really lets the outside in, especially when in the co-pilot seat. There are also two sliding roof panels and a side door next to the helm.

The cockpit is located to starboard. There is an adjustable steering Merry Fisher 1095wheel, all the instrumentation, a large 12 inche Garmin, the engine gages, the throttle and joystick to control the flaps… automatic Zipwake type flaps are an option, for fully automatic operation. There are standard flaps by Lenco, the boost thruster control or bow thruster which is very convenient for a boat this size. But above all you will notice the pilot has this side door which makes for great ventilation while cruising and also provides the pilot with very easy access to the exterior, for example during docking maneuvers.

Merry Fisher 1095 : ever greater Spaces 

Merry Fisher 1095The first thing that hits you when looking around the Merry Fisher 1095, is the amount of storage on board. There is a storage locker located under the cockpit, in the center of the boat with the fuel tanks on each side, both 400 liters, it is a very deep hold, there is even a ladder to facilitate access. There is a lot of storage inside as well. For example, the cupboards located above the galley. The lower Merry Fisher 1095cupboards in the galley. There is also a storage locker located beneath the seat. And, typical for Jeanneau, a storage locker located under the floor, which is really useful for storing equipment. It is also a space where one of three optional air conditioning units can be installed, for a total of 28,000 BTUs.


Merry Fisher 1095On this boat there is one unique feature for a boat of this size: three cabins. An owners cabin located forward, a second cabin located to port and finally a third cabin that can also serve as a storage space. It is in this third cabin, for example, that a second optional 80 liter refrigerator can be installed.



Coming back to the storage, there is a lot in the owner’s cabin withMerry Fisher 1095 optional storage above and on each side of the berth, always very useful. These cupboards are located just above the large hull windows, which provide excellent visibility. In addition to a wardrobe located to starboard, there is a very large storage locker located under the berth.


Merry Fisher 1095

And finally, something really remarkable on the 1095, this beautiful head with a sink, a separate toilet and especially a very nice shower equipped with a seat.

Just as with the owner’s cabin, the second and third cabins have excellent natural light with skylights in the ceiling and very large hull windows with a view of the sea.


In conclusion, Jeanneau Merry Fisher 1095 brings a lot of innovation to this class of boats. A real cruiser with three cabins, a beautiful head, and outboard motors with really fantastic handling.

For more information about the Merry Fisher 1095 by Jeanneau (sea trial, brochure, quotation…), click here. You can also send an email at chooseyourboat@gmail.com.


EXPLOCAT 52: the catamaran dedicated to Adventurers


Designed in aluminum, the Explocat 52 has a great resistance and extreme lightness. Its facilities and equipment give it an ideal autonomy to share great adventures all around the globe, especially in the regions with the harshest natural conditions.

Explocat 52: the performance in complete safety

Explocat 52Thanks to its conception this new aluminum catamaran is highly safety and performant. Maneuverable with a reduced crew. Therefore she can sail long distances in complete autonomy thanks to its water and fuel tanks with a capacity of 800 liters each. Its thermal insulation allows it to face extreme weather conditions.



The access on board is facilitated at the rear by two staircases of threeExplocat 52 steps located on both sides of the support with annex. Two gangways, secured by handrails, join the front cockpit also accessible from the square by a watertight door.

The cockpit of the Explocat 52 is located high above the starboard gangway. It has also all the necessary instrumentation and 360 ° visibility.


Explocat 52The rear cockpit, equipped with a table and benches for 6 people, is protected by a bimini.

A front cockpit has benches and a large sunbath.Explocat 52





EXPLOCAT 52: adapted to your desires

Explocat 52Note that the interior design of the Explocat 52 has been optimized to take full advantage of the moment and live independently. For example a large storage capacity, technical room, spacious and ergonomic living spaces and high brightness thanks to large windows.

The square, on one level with the cockpit, is accessible through a watertight door.


On the port side, the kitchen is equipped with a fridge, an oven, a microwave, a hob, a sink and plenty of storageExplocat 52 space.

The chart table is accompanied by a comfortable bench seat. It is equipped with a screen and all the necessary equipment.



Explocat 52


To starboard, the square table and its seats can comfortably accommodate 6 guests.

The cabins have a double bed, plenty of storage space and large hull windows offering ventilation and brightness.



Endly, available in 3 or 4 cabins versions, the Explocat 52 can be declined according to your desires, thanks to its aluminum structure adaptable to each type of program.

In conclusion, if you wish to have more information about the Explocat 52 of Garcia Yachts (prices, brochures, sea trial …) click here or contact the Choose Your Boat team by sending an email to chooseyourboat@gmail.com.

EXPLOCAT 52 : le Catamaran en Aluminium des Aventuriers


Conçu en aluminium, l’Explocat 52 bénéficie d’une grande résistance et d’une extrême légèreté. Ses aménagements et équipements lui confèrent une autonomie idéale pour partager de grandes aventures tout autour du globe et profiter des régions les plus rudes.

EXPLOCAT 52 : la performance en toute sécurité

Explocat 52Ce nouveau catamaran en aluminium de Garcia Yachts est très performant et sécurisant de par sa conception. Son isolation thermique l’autorise en effet à affronter des conditions météorologiques extrêmes.

L’Explocat 52 peut se manœuvrer en équipage réduit. Ses réservoirs d’eau et de carburant d’une capacité de 800 litres chacun lui permettent en outre de naviguer sur de longues distances en parfaite autonomie.



A l’arrière, deux escaliers de trois marches Explocat 52situés de part et d’autre du support à annexe facilitent l’accès à bord. Deux passavants, sécurisés par des mains courantes, rejoignent le cockpit avant. Ce dernier est également accessible depuis le carré par une porte étanche.

Le poste de pilotage de l’Explocat 52 est situé en hauteur, près du passavant tribord. Il dispose de toute l’instrumentation nécessaire et d’une visibilité à 360°.


Explocat 52

Le cockpit arrière est protégé par un bimini. Une grande table et des banquettes peuvent accueillir 6 personnes.

Le cockpit avant dispose de banquettes de même qu’un large bain de soleil.Explocat 52





EXPLOCAT 52 : adapté à vos envies

Explocat 52L’aménagement intérieur de l’Explocat 52 permet de profiter au maximum de l’instant présent et vivre en autonomie : grande capacité de stockage, local technique, lieux de vie spacieux et ergonomiques et grande luminosité grâce à de larges vitrages.

Le carré, de plain-pied avec le cockpit, est accessible par une porte étanche.


A bâbord, la cuisine est très fonctionnelle. Elle comporte un réfrigérateur, un four, un micro-ondes, une plaque de cuisson, un évier Explocat 52et de nombreux rangements.

La table à cartes est équipée d’un écran et de tous les équipements indispensables. Une banquette confortable l’accompagne.

A tribord, la table de carré et ses assises peuvent recevoir confortablement 6 convives.

Les cabines sont spacieuses. Vous y trouverez un double couchage ainsi que de nombreux rangements. De larges vitrages de coque lui apportent une bonne ventilation mais également beaucoup de luminosité.

L’Explocat 52 est disponible en versions 3 ou 4 cabines. Il peut se décliner selon vos envies, grâce à sa structure en aluminium adaptable à chaque type de programme.

Pour plus d’informations sur l’Explocat 52 de Garcia Yachts (tarifs, brochures, essai …), cliquez ici. Vous pouvez aussi contacter directement l’équipe de Choose Your Boat en envoyant un email à chooseyourboat@gmail.com.