14 July 2021
Both shipyards share offices in Cherbourg and are part of the Grand Large Yachting Group, alongside Outremer Catamarans.
Multihull Central is currently the Australian distributor of Outremer, Seawind and Longreach cruising catamarans.
For 40 years, Garcia Yachts hasbeen building high-quality expedition yachts at their Normandy-based shipyard. Using aluminium throughout their build, Garcia has developed a reputation for strong, robust and reliable cruising yachts. The brand’s range includes 45-, 52- and 60-foot monohulls, as well as the 2021 Multihull of the Year-winning, 52-foot catamaran.
Allures Yachting similarly offers an aluminium hull design and a centreboard keel that retracts for low draft exploration. The brand’s superstructures and interiors use composite materials for performance, comfort and elegance. The brand is also considered a more affordable option.
“They are quite a specialist type of vessel, which was originally designed to explore around the Arctic Circle. That’s really where they’ve had such specialty and interest from buyers over the years,” says Brent Vaughan, Director/Owner of Multihull Central.
“Interestingly, talking to the manufacturers, we’ve seen a number of Australians order some of the boats to do exactly that.”
“There have been some Allures sold second-hand in the region. New Zealand has one sold just in the last 12 months locally, a 45,” Vaughan later adds.
“Aluminium, again, gives these boats a capacity to not only head further south and to our Antarctic regions, but also in other locations – whether it’s the Kimberleys or if there’s more coral bommies that are a bit more sensitive fibreglass hulls.”
Vaughan has confirmed to Ocean that two Garcia models are currently on order for Australian owners.
Yachting Central was established to focus on the representation and distribution of Allures and Garcia in Australia and to allow for a more focused view on new and used cruising monohulls.
The brand shares offices Multihull Central in Sydney, Brisbane and New Zealand’s Opua.