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IMOCA 60 - Merci/ FaceOcean

Asking Price

NZD $770,000




New Caledonia

Merci has had an incredible history with 3 attempts at the Vendee Globe. She is an ideal yacht for a first attempt at the Vendee Globe at low cost or could be a great racing yacht for any bold sailors who want to go fast, win line honours and break records. 

This boat has previously sailed under the names Galileo, Maisonneuve, Sensation Ocean, Foresight Natural, and FaceOcean / Merci.

Built and launched by Artech do Brasil in June 2005, named Galileo. This boat comes from the drawing board of highly successful boat designer Angelo Lavranos, known for the likes of Balanced Catamarans, IMOCA Yachts, and many other successful designs.

Constructed from pre-preg / post-cured carbon / Nomex Core specifications, this is one of the strongest boats in the fleet. She has a canting keel with water ballast and twin rudders.

In February 2021, this boat was overhauled by the best New Zealand specialists. All the rudder bearings were replaced, the bowsprit fixed, the steering transmission system redone as well as the keel hydraulic hoses being replaced.

The previous mast (27m) was replaced in 2020 with a 29m Southern Spars mast. The boat has passed all the gauge tests in 2020 and has a large margin to optimise the 90° test.

Merci has an amazing set up with safety equipment and an impressive electronics suite. The wiring is particularly tidy. Some of her features include:


-           Two NKE instrumentation

-           Two Fleet broadband 250

-           JRC Radar

-           Running Expedition Chart plotter

-           Two Power saver water maker

-           Fisher Panda Generator 4kw

-           Two liferafts VIKING


Merci also has TWO Watt & Sea hydro generators, which is the main source of re-generating the batteries (new Sep 2020). There are 8 lithium batteries installed in July 2020, which are set up for the battery monitoring system to keep track of energy consumption and to power the Oceanvolt electrical engine.

Merci is now ready to sail away and is based in New Caledonia. She has also been registered for the Sydney Hobart 2021 and is ready to participate in IMOCA calendar events.

** Price Plus Taxes If Applicable

IMG 316

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  • Beam: 5.25
  • Draft: 4.5
  • Length Over All: 18.28
  • Build Design: ANGELO LAVRANOS
  • Year: 2005
  • Construction: Pre Preg
  • Fuel Capacity: 120L
  • Engines: Ocean Volt Electric
  • Max Engine Power (Hp): 15 kw

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