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Papaji posted a topic in Cruising AnarchyHi, I just joined your forum and am hoping to find some members that have experience or know of a certain type of boat that may or may not be out there. I have been looking for a new floater for a circumnavigation that would be comfortably handling high latitude waters. Here is my dilemma: Just recently I've been caught off guard by a modern design boat. Having always sailed true classics I never really paid attention to the newer designs that are always swamping the market, so I was not expecting to be drawn to the specs of the Futuna explorer 54. http://nl.yachtworld.com/boten/2015/Futuna-54-Explorer-3077058/country.frankrijk#.WfZPVmi3yUk. There is not much that I don't like about the boat, apart from its size (and price tag). It made me look further for similar boats and came across the Boreal 47 http://www.boreal-yachts.com/boreal-modele/le-boreal-47/?lang=en and Garcia exploration boats. https://www.sailmagazine.com/boats/garcia-exploration-45-jimmy-cornells-ideal-boat Neither of those caught my fancy as the Futuna did. When I looked further into the Futuna shipyard, it looks like they only built one expedition 54 and that one is now for sale with a ridiculous pricetag of no less than 690k euro ex VAT. Granted the boat has a carbon boom and mast, but who would want such a thing on a boat he plans to circumnavigate? You will never be able to make any kind of repair on that. There is so much out there and I have not kept watch on the market for many years. So I am wondering if anybody knows of any boats that are similar in specs and design like the futuna above? Ideally it would be an aluminium centerboard 46-52ft. I would not mind finding an older boat and upgrading to somewhat match the specs of the Futuna explorer. Any thoughts ideas and links are much appreciated!!