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Arctic Monkey
Garcia Exploration 45
$549,000 USD
45ft 0in

“I wanted a strong, fast, comfortable, functional and easily handled boat perfectly suited for both high latitude and tropical sailing.” – Jimmy Cornell

When blue water legend Jimmy Cornell set out to create his ideal cruising boat for the Northwest Passage, the hallmarks of the new design were a strong yet performance oriented hull that could be easily sailed, lived-aboard and maintained by a full or short-handed crew. Collaborating with renowned French boatbuilders, Garcia Yachts, the aluminum Exploration 45 was born and quickly received high praise as “Best Boat” and “Boat of the Year” in 2015 by discerning critics. Following this directive, Arctic Monkey was commissioned in Cherbourg that same year and has proven herself through voyages from Greenland to Alaska ever since. Equally capable in gales to calms, her well conceived sail handling systems, dual helms and rudders, centerboard, and secure interior nav station with 270-degree view make passagemaking and any-latitude-cruising safe and comfortable. An ideal boat for a family or couple, Arctic Monkey is at our docks in Seattle and ready for adventures from the poles to the tropics.

Name of vessel Arctic Monkey
Model Garcia Exploration 45
Year 2015
Builder Garcia Yachts
Designer Racoupeau Yacht Design
Price $549,000 USD
Location Seattle, WA
Length (feet) 45
Beam (feet) 14' 6"
Draft (feet) 3' 6"
Displacement (pounds) 31085 lbs
Ballast (pounds) 9480 lbs
Engine model Volvo D2-75
Engine horsepower 75
Engine hours 1676
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 87
Water tank capacity (gallons) 132
Holding tank capacity (gallons) 29

Interior Accommodations
Arctic Monkey’s interior is finished in beautiful afrormosia (“African teak”) with solid trim, a wear resistant laminate cabin sole and white headliner. Her raised salon/pilothouse arrangement provides a fantastic, light and airy feel to her interior. Each cabin is plumbed for heat via Arctic Monkey’s diesel fired hydronic heater that circulates water (coolant) to registers throughout the boat. This is the most desirable type of heat for a liveaboard cruising yacht as it allows temperature for each stateroom to be controlled independently. Windows and companionway door are double paned for insulation and the hull and deck are insulated with polyethylene foam above the waterline, 74mm (2.91 inches) along the hull and 37mm (1.45 inches) beneath the deck. Her floorboards are also insulated with foam core, 40mm (1.57 inches) thick.

Starting forward, the master stateroom features an “island” queen size berth with the ability to walk around the foot of the bed at either side. There are large fixed ports in the hull side to port and starboard, allowing a great view from bed. These ports are equipped with shades, as is the large hatch which is fitted with a combination shade and bug screen. Reading lamps are located at the head of the berth and there is a shelf that runs around the perimeter. At the aft end of the cabin to starboard is a hanging locker. There is also excellent storage beneath the foot of the berth in two drawers, plus additional space for less often accessed items below the bed.

The private master head is located aft and to starboard in the stateroom. The space is finished in white with a molded shower pan and teak grate that covers the sump. A shower is integral to the space. The countertop stretches along the aft end, with a stainless sink and single lever faucet. There are mirrors above on the bulkhead. The head is located outboard with a medicine cabinet above. Additional storage space is available beneath the counter. From the inboard side of the head compartment, one can access the chain locker which is centrally located in the boat for weight balance and large chain capacity.

Moving aft from the master stateroom, there is a passageway with two bunks outboard. The bunks are equipped with lee cloths and are fantastic sleeping spaces while underway, or a very good storage space if an extra bunk is not needed. There are reading lamps and fans for each berth. Beneath the bottom bunk is a single drawer.

Three easy steps lead from the passageway to the pilothouse. From the pilothouse level, one has 270 degree visibility that provides excellent views and the ability to comfortably stand watch from below decks. The nav station at the forward end of the pilothouse features a variable height navigator’s seat facing the touch screen B&G radar/chartplotter, sailing instruments, autopilot, stereo, VHF and SSB radios, satellite phone and switch panel for essential systems. This is Arctic Monkey’s command center. Forward raked windows in the style of commercial fishing boats and a wide eyebrow trim on her cabin top cut the glare and provide excellent visibility, day or night, despite the relatively low profile of her cabin. One truly has to experience standing watch from below deck on an Exploration 45 to appreciate the elegance of her design. A hinged nav station top provides storage beneath the nav station desk. Around the pilothouse, there is a variety of well configured storage space that will swallow a massive amount of gear, spares and stores. An L-shaped dinette with folding table and a settee two port is just aft of the nav station with the navigator’s seat assuming a dual purpose. There is storage outboard behind the starboard settee along the hull side and beneath the seats. Below the cabin sole is an impressive amount of space, in addition to systems and tank access.

The galley is located in a linear fashion along the port side of the pilothouse. The counter runs along the hull side with storage in sliding door lockers outboard. The surface is white Corian with teak fiddles, and the Corian is finished with a raised lip so any stray water on the counter does not come in contact with the fiddle. Beneath the forward end of the counter is the refrigerator with two drawers. There is an additional freezer unit in the starboard aft cabin. Aft of the fridge, there are two large lockers – one holds two full size bins for trash and recycling. The other has shelves with bin storage. Arctic Monkey features a GN Espace Gastronorm sink with assessor bowl. There is a pressure water faucet with filter and a foot pump with selector switch for either raw or fresh water. Aft of the sink is the propane GN Espace Levante three burner stove and oven, with a locker below for pots and pans. There is an opening window above the stove that provides great ventilation and a cross breeze. Further aft is a small counter space with three drawers below.

The port aft stateroom is configured with a traditional quarterberth. Two hull side windows provide lots of light and a view outside and these are equipped with shades. A shelf runs along the hull side. There are two reading lamps and an overhead light. Two opening ports, one into the cockpit, provide good ventilation. At the forward end of the cabin to port, there is a large locker with shelves (one side of this locker could be converted to hanging storage). There is also access through the watertight aft bulkhead to the steering quadrant and autopilot on the port side.

At the starboard, aft end of the salon is the aft head and aft cabin.

The aft head is finished in white, with a teak grate covering the shower sump. A shower is integral to the space. The electric head is located at the forward end. There are two lockers outboard. A counter with sink and pressure water faucet/shower wand is located aft. There is a large locker beneath the counter. A mirror is mounted on the aft, inboard bulkhead. There is a clothes rack for wet gear. An opening portlight provides ventilation and light.

The starboard aft cabin features two bunks, each fitted with a reading light and fan. There are fixed windows in the hull with blinds. Lee cloths are fitted to the berths. Inboard in this cabin is the auxiliary drawer freezer, additional storage in bins, and access to the inverter and battery charger. A leather cover snaps in place to conceal these items. There is also access through the watertight aft bulkhead to the steering quadrant and autopilot on the starboard side.

Three steps lead from the salon to the cockpit. Sturdy watertight and insulated doors separate the cockpit from the interior of the boat, providing safety and insulation from temperature and sound.

Upgraded GN Espace Gastronorm A & B sink and separate bowl with cover

Pressure hot/cold water

Foot pump at galley with selector switch for fresh/raw water

Vitofrigo 2-drawer refrigerator, water cooled via fresh water tank

Vitofrigo DW70 freezer in starboard aft cabin GN Espace Levante 3 propane 3-burner stove/oven

Propane solenoid

Upgraded leather upholstery, birch color

Safe with key

(8) Hella Turbo fans

Quiet Flush electric toilet in aft cabin, manual toilet in forward cabin

Raritan Electro Scan system LED interior lights

Blinds and mosquito nets on all hatches

Blinds on all portlights

Electronics and Navigation
LED running lights

Steaming light and deck light

Lights in dinghy arch


B&G Zeus2 12” radar/chartplotter

B&G T41 multifunction display

(2) B&G Triton autopilot remote controls

(2) Plastimo compasses at cockpit helms

(2) Fusion stereo speakers

At pilothouse/nav station:

B&G Zeus2 12” radar/chartplotter

(2) independent autopilot drive motors with selector switch

B&G T41 multifunction display

B&G Triton autopilot remote control


B&G forward looking sonar

B&G 4G radar antenna on mast

B&G wind and speed/depth instruments

PC/USB interface for NMEA data

ICOM IC-M802 SSB radio with Pactor modem and AT-140 tuner

B&G V50 VHF radio

B&G H50 wireless VHF mic (transmit button not functional)

Iridium Go satellite phone

(2) 12v outlets

Fusion MS-IP700i marine stereo with speakers in pilothouse and cockpit

Colregs and navigation tools

Electrical Systems
Arctic Monkey is configured with 12v DC and 220v AC onboard electrical systems. Her Victron isolation transformer automatically senses shore power input and allows her to plug into 110/220v – 50/60hz shore power. She is equipped with 360 watts of solar panels, D400 wind generator on her arch and a Watt & Sea 600 hydrogenerator to supplement power needs.

12v DC and 220v AC onboard electrical systems

12v DC distribution panel at nav station with Phillipi battery and tank monitor

VF Marine engine start battery

(6) Interstate SRM-29 house batteries

Victron 3600w Isolation Transformer

Victron Phoenix 2000 watt inverter

Victron Centaur 60 amp battery charger

Eclectic Energy D400 wind generator

360 watts of solar panels on arch with 30amp MPPT charge controller

Watt & Sea 600 hydrogenerator

Mechanical Systems
Volvo D2-75 75hp diesel engine (1676 hours)

Volvo control panel with tachometer

Teleflex single lever throttle/shift control at cockpit

Spinlock single lever throttle/shift control with removable lever at pilothouse

Dual Racor primary fuel filters with vacuum gauge Sterling alternator regulator

J-Prop 21” 3-blade feathering propeller (less than 1 week of use, currently removed)

Fixed three blade bronze propeller (currently installed)

Bow thruster with dedicated 12v Exide battery

(2) Jefa stainless destroyer wheels with leather covers

Johnson transfer pumps for fuel and water

Algae X fuel conditioner

Jabsco ParMax4 pressure water pump with accumulator tank

Isotemp Basic 40l hot water heater

Shower at swim platform with hot & cold fresh water

Webasto Thermo 90ST hydronic (hot water circulating) diesel cabin heater with 9 outlets

Dessalator D60 12v watermaker, 60L/Hour

Deck and Hull
The Garcia Exploration 45’s hull and deck is constructed in 5083 H111 aluminum with 6060 T6 for extruded profiles. Her cabin top is a foam and fiberglass composite for reduced weight. Chainplates and mooring cleats are welded to the hull for strength. There are watertight compartments at the bow and at the stern just forward of the rudders. Ballast is installed in welded compartments in the hull and skeg and encapsulated in resin. The hull and deck are insulated with polyethylene foam above the waterline, 74mm (2.91 inches) along the hull and 37mm (1.45 inches) beneath the deck. Her underwater profile features a centerboard that fully retracts into the hull, allowing for shallow draft. A skeg protects the propeller and shaft. Twin rudders provide excellent control under sail and a bow thruster aids in close quarter maneuvering.

Arctic Monkey’s bowsprit houses two sturdy anchor rollers. The anchor chain runs beneath the deck to a windlass just forward of the mast and drops into a tall anchor locker that keeps weight centered and allows a large quantity of chain to be stored without worries of chain stacking up and binding. This locker may be accessed from the interior via a watertight hatch in the forward head.

The deck is painted white with tan nonskid. A faux teak toe rail surrounds the deck. At the bow and stern are stainless pulpits and there are double lifelines surrounding the deck. Boarding gates are located to port and starboard with an additional gate to the transom aft. At the bow, there is a massive storage and sail locker that is separated from the main cabins via a welded watertight bulkhead. A chain rinse pump and hose are located here.

The headsails are deployed from Harken furling units that are controlled from the cockpit. All reefing is done from the cockpit, though there are stainless “granny” bars at the mast and two auxiliary halyard winches there for the headsail halyards. The mast is an anodized aluminum spar with two aft-swept spreaders. Chainplates are aluminum, welded to the hull. The mainsail has a Harken Battcar low friction track on the mast and a canvas “stack pack” cover.

Arctic Monkey’s cockpit is safe and secure. The cockpit is T-shaped with twin wheels and a walk-through to the full width swimstep at the transom. The cockpit sole and deck are overlayed with Marinedeck faux teak. The signature Garcia Exploration hard dodger provides excellent protection at the forward end of the cockpit.

Dual anchor roller

Quick anchor windlass up/down foot controls

Remote windlass control

Anchor locker located midships just forward of mast for better weight distribution and a long fall for the chain

Delta anchor with stainless swivel

All chain rode

Fortress FX37 secondary anchor

Anchor snubber

Stern anchor roller

(3) Wichard folding pad eyes on deck

Stainless handrails running along cabin top

Stainless “granny bars” at mast

Outboard motor mount on transom (may be removed and mounted on transom for use as emergency outboard mount)

Welded aluminum mooring cleats: (4) at bow, (2) midships, (2) at stern and (2) inboard of arch at transom

Teak cockpit table with cover

Flagstaff and US ensign

Full cockpit enclosure

Sails and Rigging
Sparcraft anodized aluminum two spreader mast with wire standing rigging

Sparcraft anodized aluminum boom

Sparcraft rigid boom vang

Harken Batcar low friction mainsail track

Aluminum spinnaker pole mounted on mast track

(2) Harken headsail furlers

(2) Harken 40ST winches on mast

(2) Harken 50ST primary winches

(2) Harken 46ST secondary winches

(2) Harken winch handles

Harken genoa cars

Harken running backstay tackle

Incidences asymmetrical spinnaker

Miscellaneous and Safety
Zodiac Open Sea 8 man liferaft in hard case (needs certification)

Ditch bag

Lifesling MOB recovery device

ACR Globalfix Pro 406 GPS EPIRB in cockpit

(13) inflatable PFDs

(2) regular PFD

Flare canister containing:

– Bear spray

– ICOM ICM3A VHF radio

– Glow sticks

– Simple first aid kit

– Anker solar charger

– Miscellaneous batteries

– Sterno stove and fuel

– Compass

– Fishing lures and line

– Firestarter

– Mirror

– Safety blanket

– Scissors

– Hand warmers

– Saw

Additional items in storage:

Waveline drogue

Boat hook

Crab traps

Dinghy anchor

Small inflatable kayak

Collapsible buckets

Assorted bedding

Kids sleeping bags

Poly stern lines 600m

Sailrite sewing machine, w/110v & 220v motors

Folding cart

5 gallon diesel jug

25l used oil jug

Fiberglass propane tank

Fender step

Boat brushes

Spare zincs

Spare centerboard lift line

Magma pot set

Bosuns chair

Collapsible H2O jug

Galley items

Cleaning supplies

(5) double tethers

(5) single tethers

Electrical spares

Mr Buddy propane heater

Assorted fishing lures

Label maker

Dinghy locks


Code flags


Ripstop (purple)

Propane cooktop

(2) winch handle pockets

(2) Uniden submersible handheld VHF radios

Emergency boarding ladder

Miscellaneous tape, screws, etc

Jim Buoy lifering


West Marine binoculars

Hand air pump



Hand bailer pump

Heavy duty ratchet straps

Dive weights

Small cooler

Large cooler

Jumper cables

Portable battery booster

12v vacuum

Black & Decker rechargeable vacuum

12’ Walker Bay Dinghy w/Oars

5hp LEHR propane outboard

Spare Air diving tank

Multiple gas regulators

Spare Electric Toilet Pump

Spare transfer pumps

Spare water pressure pump and accumulator tank

Extension cords

1600 PSI Power Washer


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